When parochial schools make a policy to accept ‘transgender’ students

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | May 30, 2017

“Wherever possible, enrollment is the goal.” That’s the principle that guides a proposed policy in the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri for deciding whether students from “non-traditional families” (that euphemism covers same-sex and cohabiting couples) should attend parish schools. A cynic might rewrite the principle: “Whenever possible, collecting tuition is the goal.”

Among the many scenarios sketched out in connection with the proposed policy is that of a “transgender” student. Look: If a school promotes the faith, it cannot encourage a student to profess that God made a mistake assigning his/her sexuality. If a school promotes the truth, it cannot encourage other students to accept a falsehood about that troubled student’s sexual identity. If the parish school promotes neither the faith nor the truth, shut it down.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: feedback - May. 31, 2017 8:38 PM ET USA

    This kind of short-sighted policy opens for the Catholic school a can of worms. All involved will be forced legally to bend over and backward to accommodate any homosexual students and homosexual "parents," pretending that their sexual preferences are normal and acceptable. It will become "controversial" to present proper Catholic teaching on homosexual behavior. And traditional Catholic non-homosexual enrollment is very likely to decline.

  • Posted by: Leopardi - May. 31, 2017 9:46 AM ET USA

    Phil, cynicism can be blinding. If your goal is to cure disease, isn't it best to travel among the sick?

  • Posted by: koinonia - May. 31, 2017 9:29 AM ET USA

    "We feel that We must disagree with these prophets of doom, who are always forecasting worse disasters,... Present indications are that the human family is on the threshold of a new era..." Pope John XXIII, 10/11/62 Catholic Culture. A hallmark of the springtime in the Church has been an abandonment of the great caution necessary for prelates to protect the faithful. Untoward tolerance and reticence are omnipresent. Intransigence is pervasive. Enormous problem; we have a tiger by the tail.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 31, 2017 8:11 AM ET USA

    The policy is cruel. In true Catholic schools the teachers would explain how God: "created man in His image...male and female He created them...[to] be fertile and multiply. ...I will make a suitable partner for him. ...This one shall be called 'woman'...This is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife" (NAB). A fundamental doctrine of our faith is that God created man and woman as the married progenitors of the human race, marriage being a sacrament instituted by God (Ott).

  • Posted by: normnuke - May. 30, 2017 11:22 PM ET USA

    While you're at it, shut down the parish

  • Posted by: nix898049 - May. 30, 2017 11:36 AM ET USA

    Amen and Amen. Just when did these non-traditional households achieve the rank of families? This whole mess is based on this glaring untruth.