Bishop of Leeds on Catholic Care court ruling

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Press statement from Catholic Care

The Court has confirmed that Catholic Care was correct in its reading of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 and has agreed with us that Regulation 18 can apply to any charity subject to it being in the public interest. We look forward to producing evidence to the Charity Commission to support the position that we have consistently taken through this process that without being able to use this exemption children without families would be seriously disadvantaged.

Catholic Care has been providing specialist adoption services for over 100 years. We have helped hundreds of children though the recruitment, assessment, training and support for prospective adoptive parents as well as offering on-going and post-adoption support to families that give such security and love for some of the most vulnerable children in our society. The judgement today will help in our determination to continue to provide this invaluable service to benefit children, families and communities.

+ The Right Reverend Arthur Roche
Bishop of Leeds

March 17th 2010

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About

Catholic Care is a charity working in the Diocese of Leeds and has provided relief from poverty to children, families and the community for over 100 years. Our services include a registered adoption agency, children’s residential services, school and family social work services, residential care and support living services to people with learning disabilities, supported living services for people with long term mental health needs and community projects that benefit older people and address social issues of disadvantage and isolation across the communities of the Yorkshire region. As a charity, Catholic Care works closely with the Diocese of Leeds and the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in matters of social care and family life. Catholic Care is also a member of the Caritas – Social Action Network and identifies with Caritas International – the worldwide network of Catholic relief and development organisations.

Charity no. 513063

Website: catholic-care.org.uk

Company no. 1633737