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Australian lesbian couple declines offer to enroll child in Catholic school

Catholic World News - December 15, 2011

After an Australian Catholic bishop overruled a parochial school’s decision not to accept the child of a lesbian couple, the couple has announced that they will not send the child to the school.

Bishop Kevin Manning said that it was “appalling” that a child was denied a spot in Sacred Heart Primary School. But the parents indicated that they were no longer interesting in sending their child to the Catholic institution.

(Notice that sympathetic reporters have agreed not to identify the same-sex couple, and refer to both as “mothers,” although obviously the child can have only one biological mother.)

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  • Posted by: jflare293129 - Dec. 17, 2011 2:43 PM ET USA

    *shakes head* Unbelievable. So..Jesus tells the prostitute to sin no more, so she gives up her lifestyle to follow Him. Now, many centuries later, these women refuse to repent from their obvious error..and we cast the SCHOOL as the villain?? Pray for these women. They've got some serious difficulties to address! Blaming the school for the intolerance of the activist community. Wow.

  • Posted by: rpp - Dec. 17, 2011 1:14 AM ET USA

    The bishop was wrong, the school was right.

  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Dec. 16, 2011 12:04 AM ET USA

    Yes. "Unloving." Unlike the lesbian couple, of course. They could have come to parents' meetings and been witnesses to the idea that same-sex couples are just like the rest of us. It would have helped these benighted Catholics to change their closed minds. People do not want to remember that Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery: "go and sin no more." That statement was, in fact, judgmental.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 15, 2011 7:25 PM ET USA

    I don't blame them! Sacred Heart school sent an unloving message. Even if the couple were not sincere in their reason for asking admission,the school missed a great opportunity to show the face of Christ. After all,Jesus socialized with those who were outcast because of their behavior,did he not ask us to do the same?

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