>Catholic school rejects student because of lesbian parents


Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School in Boulder, Colo., is under fire for rejecting the admittance of a preschool student because the child has two parents who are lesbians, according to 7 News in Denver (photo courtesy of 7 News). The decision drew about two dozen protests during the church’s Sunday services. 

One protester said, “God and Jesus would not allow discrimination in that way.” Another protester speculated as to why the parish made the decision: 

“He feels like it’s a calling to be strict with upholding catholic principles,” said Dave Ensign, president of the Board of Directors of Boulder Pride. 

The Archdiocese of Denver released a statement in support of the decision:

“To preserve the mission of our schools, and to respect the faith of wider Catholic community, we expect all families who enroll students to live in accord with Catholic teaching. Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment.” 

The pastor of the school addressed the matter in a letter:

If a child of gay parents comes to our school, and we teach that gay marriage is against the will of God, then the child will think that we are saying their parents are bad.  We don’t want to put any child in that tough position – nor do we want to put the parents, or the teachers, at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Why would good parents want their children to learn something they don’t believe in?  It doesn’t make sense.  There are so many schools in Boulder that see the meaning of sexuality in an entirely different way than the Catholic Church does.  Why not send their child there? 
The core issue for us Catholics on this question is our freedom and our obligation to teach about marriage and family life as our Faith teaches.  If parents see the cultural interpretation of what tolerance has become as more important than the teachings of Jesus, then we become unfaithful to the Lord and we lose the meaning of the beatitude, “Blessed are you when they insult you for My sake, for the Kingdom of Heaven is yours.”  Many of Jesus’ teachings were not popular.  In fact, He was crucified for His teachings.
Glossing over differences on essential matters, and pretending that crucial issues are irrelevant, is not tolerance. 
It is relativism, meaning that nothing is important anymore and everyone can have their own interpretation of what is goodness and truth.  This kind of tolerance, which is a decidedly secularist invention, seeks to separate all moral discourse from public life.  However, those who embrace this kind of tolerance do not, of course, acknowledge that they are imposing their own moral judgments upon society. 
The Catholic Church invests in parish schools so as to assist children in becoming disciples of Christ and to stand as a light shining in the darkness that has rejected Christianity and the truth of being human, including the meaning of human sexuality.

For the record, no one is “glossing” over the issue of homosexuality. People who do not meet the “standards” of the Catholic church are not imposing their beliefs and “lifestyles” upon society, like this pastor claims. All these people want is to have the same access and opportunity for themselves and for their children. This so-called secularist intervention is not seeking to “separate all moral discourse from public life.” That’s a red herring and this pastor knows it. He’s doing nothing but drawing attention away from the main issue at hand: being part of an institution that discriminates against those who do not meet these “standards” set forth by the Catholic Church and other forms of religion.

As we all know the Catholic Church has long held firm against the acceptance of homosexuality. In D.C, the Archdioese of Washington gave the city council an ultimatum of discontinuing its social services program it ran for the District if it did not amend its proposed same-sex marriage law.The mayor eventually signed a bill in December to legalize same-sex marriage.

Pope Benedict XVI blasted the United Kingdom’s anti-discrimination law, which he said could be used against the Church for refusing to hire homosexuals and transgendered folks. The Pope said:

“Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society,” he told them. “The effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.”

Let’s not forget its anti-feminist stance, condemning women who used birth control pills, as well as artificial fertilization, embryo stem cell research and the morning after pill. 
In March 2009, the church defended the excommunication of a woman from the church after she had an abortion following a rape. 

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, head of the Roman Catholic Church’s Congregation for Bishops, told La Stampa, an Italian daily newspaper, that the case was sad, but that “the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be eliminated.”
The regional archbishop, José Cardoso Sobrinho, excommunicated the mother for authorizing the operation. He also excommunicated the doctors, who carried out the operation for fear that the 80-pound girl would not survive a full-term pregnancy.

(As an aside, the church’s decision does not surprise me. I wrote about the Pope condemning condom use and how it is counterproductive to preventing HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa). 

I’m not Catholic, so I can’t speak to the so-called “Catholic teachings.” However, what I can speak to is how these pro-discrimination teachings are a danger to society. We’ve seen how anti-segregationists used the Bible to justify Jim Crow, the second-class citizenship of African-Americans and banning interracial marriages. We’ve witnessed how opponents of gay marriaged referred to the infamous Leviticus scripture as “proof” that homosexuality is a sin and shouldn’t be condoned in our society. 

Using religion to justify your hate is self-serving to the hate monger. Knowing discrimination won’t hold up in the secular world, these racists, sexists, homophobic, xenophobic characters resort to using “God’s word” as its last line of defense. These people, realizing the first amendment right to religious thought and freedom is the law of the land, hide behind the banner of freedom of (and from) religion to spew their hate upon the public.

These cowards who rejected this student used their hatred of homosexuals and their intolerance of different ideas to push their outdated agenda down the throats of this child and the parents. It’s just that simple.