A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was "in discord" with church teachings, according to one of the boys' mothers.The point here isn't to question why lesbian parents would want their child to attend a Roman Catholic school. It's not my business.
It's at least the second time in recent months that students have not been allowed to attend a U.S. Catholic school because of their parents' sexual orientation, with the other instance occurring in Colorado.
The Massachusetts woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns about the effect of publicity on her son, said she planned to send the boy to third grade at St. Paul Elementary School in Hingham in the fall. But she said she learned her son's acceptance was rescinded during a conference call Monday with Principal Cynthia Duggan and the parish priest, the Rev. James Rafferty.
Nor is the point whether or not churches have the right to deny admission to families because they don't adhere to Catholic doctrine. Let the courts decide that.
The point is this: can the church get any more hypocritical? And make sure you look at the school's motto: Partners working for God in love.
Because if you decide to deny admission to gay families because they don't live in keeping with church beliefs, then you'd better make sure that you also exclude the following families, also failing to live up to Catholic standards:
1. Children of divorced parents.
2. Children of parents who believe in capital punishment.
3. Children of parents who believe in the right to choose.
4. Children of parents who have committed adultery.
5. Children of parents who have ever lied.
6. Children of parents who have used the name of the Lord in vain.
7. Children of parents who aren't married.
And the list goes on. As does the hypocrisy.