Brian Cahill is the former executive director of Catholic Charities of San Francisco.

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Here's why a former Catholic Charities head opposes excluding LBGTQ adoptive parents

Commentary: In endorsing adoption discrimination, the U.S. bishops ignore the reality that in different parts of the country, the largest cohort of potential adoptive parents for many children are gay and lesbian couples.


The moths have eaten me: reflections on failure, faith and grace

I am in my late 70s, but it has only been recently that I have begun to experience grace arising from the worst kind of pain, from the depths of pain, and in the death of two of my children.


Just say the words: I try to pray after losing two children to suicide

This is about a father who has to fight against feeling that he is a freak. This is about a father who is still trying to figure out how to pray after his life turned upside down — twice.


The joy of love -- but not for everybody

Commentary: The pope's exhortation that LGBT people be treated with respect is heartfelt. But the church has offered those words before, and they often ring hollow.