Denver Catholic school: Lesbian couple’s child may not re-enroll
March 08, 2010
A preschooler at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Denver will not be permitted to re-enroll next year because the child is being raised by two lesbians.
“Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment,” the archdiocese said in a statement. “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.”
“If a child of gay parents comes to our school, and we teach that gay marriage is against the will of God, then the child will think that we are saying their parents are bad,” explained Father Bill Breslin, the pastor who oversees the school. “We don't want to put any child in that tough position-- nor do we want to put the parents, or the teachers, at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Why would good parents want their children to learn something they don't believe in? It doesn't make sense. There are so many schools in Boulder that see the meaning of sexuality in an entirely different way than the Catholic Church does. Why not send their child there?”
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Posted by: Louise01 -
Mar. 09, 2010 1:15 AM ET USA
God bless Fr. Breslin and the Denver Archdiocese for their courage
Posted by: catholicmom31114 -
Mar. 08, 2010 11:22 PM ET USA
Sounds like Fr. Bill and the diocese are using a tough love approach. All good parents have to use it at times, painful though it may be.
Posted by: Jim.K -
Mar. 08, 2010 10:49 PM ET USA
So how about the children of "C&E" Catholics and/or Catholics who practice artificial birth control, etc.? Why not expose this child to the Truth that he/she may not ever experience in any other school? The error would be to practice "political correctness" around him/her so that he/she never hears the Truth. How do we educate the next generation if we only teach kids from "good Catholic families"?