Skip to comments.Catholic School Rejects Children of Lesbian Parents, Sparking Faith Debate
Posted on 03/12/2010 10:20:47 AM PST by Blue Turtle
"What would Jesus do?" That's what many people in Boulder, Colo., are asking after a Catholic elementary school in the city expelled two children because their parents are lesbians.
The conflict in the Roman Catholic Church over homosexuality has come to loggerheads in the community, with the church standing by its belief that marriage is a pact between a man and a woman while opponents accuse it of failing to live up to Jesus mission of love and acceptance.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church says it told the lesbian couple that their older child would be allowed to complete enrollment in kindergarten this year but would not be allowed to attend first grade in the fall. Their younger child will be allowed to finish preschool but can't enter kindergarten.
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Of course they do. This, the lesbian girl down in Mississippi who disrupted her high school prom, the nutso administrators in the Virginia universities that Cuccinelli just recently had to put into their places - it’s all part of an agenda to agitate us into submission.
Every great civilization’s collapse was preceded by a sexual revolution.
“The children’s parents have not spoken publicly, but the school’s decision was leaked to local media by teachers at Sacred Heart who disagree with it.”
The teachers who disagreed with that decision should not be teaching in that school.
The gays are going to hold a forum to decide how to deal with this. They should mind their business. The Church isn’t interested in their opinion.
Of course they do, tyranny by the minority.
Catholic schools: Partners in faith with parents
Denver news media have reported in recent days on the case of two children of a lesbian couple in Boulder. The couple was informed by Sacred Heart of Jesus parish school that the older child, whom they were enrolling in kindergarten for next year, would be allowed to attend kindergarten but would not be able to continue into first grade the year after. Their younger child would be welcome to finish preschool, but not continue into kindergarten. Many have wondered why. Sacred Heart of Jesus parish has borne the difficult publicity surrounding this issue, but archdiocesan policy was followed faithfully in this matter, and the policy applies to all Archdiocese of Denver schools.
Some background is important. Then well turn to the human realities involved.
Catholic schools began in this country in the early 19th century. Catholics started them as an alternative to the public schools of the day, which taught a curriculum often hostile to Catholic belief. In many ways times have changed, but the mission of Catholic schools has not. The main purpose of Catholic schools is religious; in other words, to form students in Catholic faith, Catholic morality and Catholic social values.
We take great pride in the academic excellence of our schools as well. The reason is simple. A strong, well-rounded academic education helps to create mature citizens who contribute to the wider community. Its also true that some of our schools exist as a service outreach in largely non-Catholic communities. Many of our schools also accept students of other faiths and no faith, and from single parent and divorced parent families. These students are always welcome so long as their parents support the Catholic mission of the school and do not offer a serious counter-witness to that mission in their actions.
Our schools, however, exist primarily to serve Catholic families with an education shaped by Catholic faith and moral formation. This is common sense. Other religious traditions do the same according to their beliefs, and at a heavy sacrifice. We need to remember that Catholic families pay twice for a Catholic education: through their taxes, they fund public education; then they pay again to send their children to a Catholic school. The idea that Catholic schools should require support for Catholic teaching for admission, and a serious effort from school families to live their Catholic identity faithfully, is reasonable and just.
Thats the background. Now to the human side of a painful situation. The Church never looks for reasons to turn anyone away from a Catholic education. But the Church cant change her moral beliefs without undermining her mission and failing to serve the many families who believe in that mission. If Catholics take their faith seriously, they naturally follow the teachings of the Church in matters of faith and morals; otherwise they take themselves outside the believing community.
The Church does not claim that people with a homosexual orientation are bad, or that their children are less loved by God. Quite the opposite. But what the Church does teach is that sexual intimacy by anyone outside marriage is wrong; that marriage is a sacramental covenant; and that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman. These beliefs are central to a Catholic understanding of human nature, family and happiness, and the organization of society. The Church cannot change these teachings because, in the faith of Catholics, they are the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The policies of our Catholic school system exist to protect all parties involved, including the children of homosexual couples and the couples themselves. Our schools are meant to be partners in faith with parents. If parents dont respect the beliefs of the Church, or live in a manner that openly rejects those beliefs, then partnering with those parents becomes very difficult, if not impossible. It also places unfair stress on the children, who find themselves caught in the middle, and on their teachers, who have an obligation to teach the authentic faith of the Church.
Most parents who send their children to Catholic schools want an environment where the Catholic faith is fully taught and practiced. That simply cant be done if teachers need to worry about wounding the feelings of their students or about alienating students from their parents. That isnt fair to anyoneincluding the wider school community. Persons who have an understanding of marriage and family life sharply different from Catholic belief are often people of sincerity and good will. They have other, excellent options for education and should see in them the better course for their children.
It isn’t the kids’ fault their “parents” are lesbians. Why punish them? Accept them. And then teach them the truth, that God’s word condemns homosexual behavior.
As long as they also boot out kids whose parents are cheating on their spouse or if divorced/widowed are fornicating outside of marriage, there’s no problem.
"Love" yeah, but where did they get this "acceptence" nonsense?
"Repentence" is the exact OPPOSITE of "acceptence.
Number one would be that they recognize the superiority of faith and tradition, and want those values instilled within the children. In that case, they are a distraction at best, and a trojan horse bent upon destroying the church at worst, their presence will destroy what they see as superior. That will leave the church school in the same condition as public schools eventually.
Number two would be, to make a scene, to destroy the church or corrupt it.
Either way, they have only self interest at the core of their motive, not the good of the school, their children or of others children.
Come quickly Lord Jesus.....please...AMEN.
Why do non-Catholics want their kids to go to Catholic school?
Homosexuality is worse.
Because the public schools suck.
People should stop using kids as a tool to get their way. The kids are in this situation not because of the school, which is private, but because of the lesbians. Are they from another planet? Jeez, they pick a “Catholic” school? What would be the point? They don’t understand the Catholics view on homosexuality? No other private schools in the area?
It is a private religious school, I think it is disrespectful for the lesbians to assume that rules don’t apply to them!
A closed mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Can’t argue with that.
“It also places unfair stress on the children, who find themselves caught in the middle, and on their teachers, who have an obligation to teach the authentic faith of the Church.”
Apparently some of the teachers at the school are not “with the program”, for they are the ones that made the issue public. I am not surprised. Many Catholic professionals in academia are very liberal.
I sent three kids to Catholic school while "openly rejecting" Catholic beliefs by living and worshiping as a Protestant. I also knew Catholic parents that rejected church teaching on abortion or who were divorced and in another relationship. So, why is this kid punished on this specific issue when the schools don't enforce Catholic teaching on other parents?
YUP they sure do!
Otherwise known as a "DECISION...."
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