Friday, May 14, 2010

Pastor Stands Up, Archdiocese of Boston Caves

What a contrast with Denver, where Archbishop Charles Chaput backed up his priest.

The story concerns two lesbian "parents" of a little boy. They wanted to enroll him in St. Paul's Elementary School. When the pastor and principal of St. Paul's found out that the boy's "parents" were two lesbians, they refused to allow the boy to be enrolled. Their reasoning is probably the same as that so lucidly expressed by Archbishop Chaput in the Boulder, Colorado case:

“Most parents who send their children to Catholic schools want an environment where the Catholic faith is fully taught and practiced,” said Chaput. “That simply can’t be done if teachers need to worry about wounding the feelings of their students or about alienating students from their parents.”

“That isn’t fair to anyone—including the wider school community."


First question: why is this news? It’s news because somebody informed the AP. Who and why?

“The Associated Press, which first reported the story yesterday, (that would be May 12) said the Hingham student’s parents had planned to send him to third grade in the fall. One of the boy’s mothers, who was granted anonymity because of their concerns that publicity would harm their child, told the AP they knew of the church’s opposition to homosexual relationships but wrote both their names on the admission forms.

“We weren’t hiding,’’ she said.

Repeat:

“One of the boy’s mothers who was granted anonymity because of their concerns that publicity would harm their child…”

If that’s the case, why go public at all? Why inform the AP? Why not just enroll the boy in another school? Repeat again:

“…they knew of the church’s opposition to homosexual relationships but wrote both their names on the admission forms.

‘We weren’t hiding,’’ she said.”


You sure aren’t! This is another example of homosexualists using children to further their cause.
And Cardinal O'Malley and the Archdiocese of Boston either fell for it or jumped on cue.

Catholic World News reports:

"The Boston archdiocese has announced that a child who was denied admission to a parochial school because her parents are lesbians will be placed in another Catholic school.

And it gets worse:

The Catholic Schools Foundation, an independent funding group that provides $60 million in support for Boston's parochial schools, has announced that it will cut scholarship aid to any school that denies equal treatment for same-sex couples."

So now a foundation is telling the Archdiocese of Boston what will be taught in "Catholic" schools. By the way, Cardinal O'Malley is the Chairman of the Catholic Schools Foundation.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

4 comments:

A Catholic Reader said...

Is Cardinal O'Malley paying attention, or is he allowing someone else to speak for the Foundation without his knowledge? His reputation has been sinking steadily -- this could sink him for good, if he doesn't set things straight.

Pat said...

should you be punished for the sins of your father? it's about the child. let him in.

Gibbons in SF said...

Pat, it's not about one child, it's about the Catholic community, as Archbishop Chaput said.

By letting this happen, the Archdiocese of Boston will reap the whirlwind. What happens on Mother's Day? Should Mother's Day not be mentioned? What happens when another child makes the reasonable observation that "you CAN'T have two mothers!" If so, will that child be reprimanded? Should discussions of marriage and family just be shelved? If so, there goes Catholic education.

If, on the contrary, Catholic teaching IS adhered to, we will see the usual litany: demands that the teaching be changed or abandoned in the name of "tolerance" and "equality" for "diverse" families. And with the Archdiocesan of Boston's schools getting $60 million only on the condisiton of admitting kids from same-sex households, I would not bet against that happening.

Anonymous said...

Slightly off-topic, but "Catholic", Jesuit-led, Santa Clara University helpfully provides an extensive "LGBTQ RESOURCES" webpage:
http://www.scu.edu/cas/wgst/links/lgbtg.cfm
Some of these links appear to be aimed at corrupting children or promoting gay adoption. Certainly all of them seek to affirm the gay life style. I'd say "Where is the Bishop?", but unfortunately in San Jose that appears to be a waste of time when it comes to matters like this.