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Philadelphia's Archbishop Chaput: girls can join CYO football teams

March 15, 2013

The Philadelphia archdiocese has announced that girls will be allowed to compete in a football league organized by the Catholic Youth Organization next year.

Archbishop Charles Chaput had assembled a committee of priests, coaches, and health-care workers to discuss a proposal to end the ban on girls in the football league. The committee recommended retaining the rule. But the archbishop, after consulting "additional sources," decided to allow girls to compete.


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Mar. 16, 2013 10:51 AM ET USA

    "And there is only one way of smashing the resistance...and that is to find, in the very society which surrounds us, the forces which can...constitute the power capable of sweeping away the old and creating the new..."(Lenin) This language of Lenin is alive and well today in the arena of culture. There's a new way of thinking, a new understanding of nature. We entertain the possibilities. We're progressive. We will break down barriers; we will not look back. Exaggeration? Hopefully.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Mar. 16, 2013 9:49 AM ET USA

    Gotta say: As much as I think Archbishop Chaput is absolutely correct in his statements regarding Church teachings and the moral failings of American society, this is one of those areas where he should have remembered the principle of subsidiarity. If the committee recommended retaining a "ban" on girls playing football, he should have retained it. I love football, but it's a brutal game. Boys shouldn't play it until they're in the eighth grade at least; girls shouldn't play it at all.