DENVER RC DIOCESE INTENT ONMAKING LITTLE CHILDREN SUFFER

From CNN:

Gay and lesbian groups are attacking a decision by the archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, not to re-enroll a child in a Catholic school in Boulder, Colorado, next year because the child's parents are lesbians. The issue centers on the Sacred Heart of Jesus School, where the pre-schooler is currently enrolled.

"These actions by the Denver Archdiocese harm the student by taking the child away from friends, teachers and community," said Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. "It's deeply troubling to see any school remove a child from their educational program simply as the means of rejecting that child's parents."

But the archdiocese defended its decision.

"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," it said in a statement posted on its Web site. "To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home. We communicated the policy to the couple at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School as soon as we realized the situation. We discussed the reasons with them and have sought to respond in a way that does not abruptly displace the student but at the same time respects the integrity of the Catholic school's philosophy."

In a posting of his sermon, the Rev. Bill Breslin, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, supported the move.

"The issue is not about our not accepting 'sinners,' " he said. "It is not about punishing the child for the sins of his or her parents. It is simply that the lesbian couple is saying that their relationship is a good one that should be accepted by everyone; and the Church cannot agree to that."

About 30 opponents of the move -- "mostly hetero allies of the gay community" -- protested Sunday outside the church during.

COMMENT: There is a point where you can cross from ignorance and stubbornness into plain and unambiguous evil. The Roman Catholic hierarchy of Colorado and those in authority at the Sacred Heart of Jesus School have blatantly done this and, to make matters worse, are arrogantly proclaiming their nastiness. Honestly, it would have been better for them if millstones had been hung around their necks and they had been thrown into the sea. God will get them.

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DENVER RC DIOCESE INTENT ONMAKING LITTLE CHILDREN SUFFER — 18 Comments

  1. “a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home…”

    But surely this happens all the time. I venture to say that many kids at this school, and other schools like it, and being taught horrible bigotry and all manner of nastiness which conflicts with the love and acceptance of others that is being taught in their home. In which case are they going to tell most of the kids not to come back?

    WV is “sheme” which is old english for SHAME!

  2. And is Fr. Breslin so ignorant (or so arrogant) as to suppose that this child’s parents have not already been educating him or her about the bigotry of the world outside their home?

    Bishops have to learn that relying on “doctrine” will no longer shore up the church’s pretense to moral authority.

    wv = blender
    (mixing it up again)

  3. To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home.

    Obviously agree the school’s decision here is an evil, but in fact they probably have in one sense done this pre-schooler a favour in that clearly they do teach homophobia and the child probably would find this impossible to reconcile with the reality of the loving parents it knows at home, thus the archdiocese is not wrong that this would have caused the child suffering and confusion. The solution however is for the school to catch up with reality and stop being homophobic, thus avoiding confusing/misteaching all of their other pupils as well.

  4. When I was a kid in the 50s in Vicksburg, Mississippi, there was a girl in town my age whose unmarried mother was well known around town for having a “reputation”. Said mother sent her daughter to the local Catholic school (even though they were non-Catholics) because (according to my mother, at any rate) she didn’t want to bother providing her daughter with school clothes and the Catholic school kids wore uniforms. Also she didn’t want to bother with properly “raising” her daughter (or so the gossip-mongers asserted) and just decided to let the nuns do it.

    I’m just saying that this mother clearly and obviously was not adhering to Catholic teachings and yet the school was quite happy to take her tuition money and educate her daughter.

    I don’t get it. What’s happened????

  5. This sort of thing will happen more and more as it’s becoming less acceptable to be anti-gay and as the entrenched homophobes become more and more entrenched.
    It all works towards their ultimate complete marginalisation and irrelevance.

    As for that poor child, though!

  6. Hmmm. In the archdiocese where I grew up there was a Catholic junior college that was notorious for being the “school of choice” for the children of mafiosi. The local hierarchy had no problem with it, nor did the higher authorities. As far as I know, nothing has changed.

    Most likely the Vatican will be okay with what the Denver Archdiocese is doing too. So evidently extortion, drug dealing, murder, etc., are more in line with Catholic teaching than loving someone of the same gender. Interesting church isn’t it?

  7. And of course none of the other kids have divorced and remarried parents.

    Colorado probably grants RC schools tax exempt status. Someone out there should as why?

    FWIW
    jimB

  8. “To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home.”

    So, they send the one child away so as to avoid confusing him/her, leaving the rest of the student body confused “in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience [at school].”

    I guess there is a certain symmetry.

  9. To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home.

    The more I think about this the more I wonder if the school is just a teeny bit afraid that the child will “infect” the school. That the other children might get to know the lesbian parents and see a loving, life-giving, committed relationship where they have been told that such is impossible. That they might come to realize that the “other-sexed” are not freaks of nature but the intended, beloved sons and daughters of an infinitely-loving God. Worst of all, that a few might start to think instead of blindly following authority.

    Because the hierarchy knows full-well that if enough people start to think then the game is up for the church of Benedict XVI.

  10. It’s one of the main reasons I left the RCC. I could no longer abide a “check your brain at the door” church. Also, the fact that the Romans refuse to ordain women played a large role in my decision.

  11. Many parents at the school are also protesting the idiocy — so certainly their children are being confused by contrast beween school and home.

    wv = bastr

    bastard

  12. Perhaps if all of the parents who disagreed with the decision removed their children from the school, thus hitting the diocese in the pocketbook where it hurts, the Bishop could be made to see the error of his ways. I would remove a child of mine in a heartbeat and find a school that taught morality and ethics. That school certainly does not.

  13. Are they saying that they actively teach that homosexuality is wrong in this school. I don’t think even a faith school can legally do that in England. In fact, in England, they have teach children that it is a perfectly okay way of life – it’s in the curriculum.

  14. ‘We need to fight for catholic values’? I’m just as suspicious of other voices from my evo camp coming out and saying ‘we need to fight for the truth of the gospel’.

    I do not think as Christians we are in the business of ‘fighting/acting stridently’ for anything…kind of undermines the modus operandii of the gospel don’t you think?

    Regardless how one stands on sexuality issues, to take it out on children is just plain wrong.

  15. I am sure the Vatican is happy. I do think Benny would be happy with a church of ten members as long as all ten members believed exactly as he does.

    Well, except for the money he’d be happy.

    What this school has done is in fact perfectly legal and sadly the more the move is protested the more they are able to present themselves as “victims” who are being opposed because they stand for “truth” and all that.