Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Catholic School Chooses not to ReEnroll PreSchooler Because of Gay Parents.

A Catholic school in Colorado has chosen not to re-enroll a preschool student because the child's parents are lesbians. Here is the crux of the argument by the Dioces "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." Most opponents of this move argue that the church serves many parents who are doing other things that go against the teaching of the Catholic Church, so why single out this child. (ie. being divorced, using birth control, supporting abortion, etc...) I think the church should make it clear that they would teach the child that what his/her parents are doing is wrong. If the parents are OK with their child hearing that, potentially on a daily basis, then the church should reconsider. The Catholic Church does not hide its condemnation of homosexuality in all forms, so this should not be a surprise to the parents in this case.

3 comments:

Connie said...

Re-enroll, meaning the child has been attending school there and is immersed in the teachings already. Homosexuality is not the unforgiveable sin. Two points: They enrolled the child already in the past; I would hate to have the child blame the church, claiming they kicked me out because of my parents, I must be bad.

shadowmom1 said...

Lots of non-Catholics send their children to Catholic schools for the superior education they provide in many areas. I am sure they all teach things at home that conflict with Catholic doctrine. What's the difference, other than the school employees being uncomfortable with the subject of the difference here?

Nomad said...

I think the difference here is that society is itself working thru the debate about homosexuality - the morality and legality of various relationships. Thus, unlike 10 years ago or even 1 year ago, the child is more likely to be hurt by the cross-fire between grown-up debates. Not so with divorce, infidelity, etc. Those debates are done, and no one is picketing a Catholic School over them.

We can debate this issue many ways, but if this decision was made in the best interest of the child then I find it hard to criticize. If it was done for other reasons, then it may be wrong but they are still within their rights.