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Rhode Island Catholic school promises 'accommodations' for transgender students

March 09, 2016

Bowing to pressure from "transgender" activists, a Catholic secondary school in Rhode Island has said that it is prepared to make "reasonable accommodations" to students who identify with the opposite sex.

Mount St. Charles Academy has eliminated an admissions policy that barred "transgender" students, and promised to explore other means of accommodating them.

The change in school policy came after a public campaign by activists who had denounced the school's admission policy, charged that the administration was engaged in "hate," and lobbied for new policies allowing boys to use the girls' locker rooms if they identified themselves as female.  

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  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 09, 2016 6:42 PM ET USA

    Jesus commanded us to love one another. (John 13:34-35) It sounds like the school is following that command. However, various LBGT advocates have made demands in the past that conflict with Church teaching, so the school should be prepared to draw the line within Catholic doctrine. Jesus didn't promise it would be easy.

  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - Mar. 09, 2016 5:39 PM ET USA

    I think there is a middle ground Catholics can take in this sort of situation. One can view transgenderism, or better, gender dysphoria, as a psychological disorder. One can accept students afflicted with it. One can allow them to use and change in private restrooms as a way to prevent emotional distress. One cannot, I think, accept they are really the opposite sex, allow girls to use the boys room and vice versa, and so on. We can stand by our beliefs while still being charitable.