Covenant House Promotes Transgenderism, Dispenses Contraception

Covenant House was established in 1972 by Fr. Bruce Ritter as a Catholic shelter for homeless and runaway youth.  In 1984, Fr. Ritter was hailed by President Ronald Regan as a “hero” as Covenant House grew as one of the most prominent Catholic charitable organizations in the country.  However, in 1987 Covenant House Toronto was discovered to be handing out condoms and was accused of referring girls for abortions.  A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Toronto said that the condoms were being dispensed with the Archbishop’s approval.  Regarding the abortions, the same spokeswoman said:

“If a 15-year-old kid decides to have an abortion, we make a strong pro-life statement, but we don’t get involved.  We tell her we can’t support what she is planning to do.  But she makes her own choice.  If she goes ahead and has an abortion, we expel her from the residence.”

In 1989 Fr. Ritter was accused by a 20-year-old male prostitute of carrying on a sexual relationship with him, leading to accusations from several other former clients.  By 1990, Covenant House was under investigation for “questionable financial transactions,” leading to Fr. Ritter’s resignation.  In one instance, he was even accused of giving the male prostitute the identity of a deceased 10-year-old boy without the parent’s knowledge or consent.

Fr. Ritter denied the allegations of sexual misconduct all the way to his death in 1999.

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