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By Peter Mirus (bio - articles - email) | May 11, 2012

Hey... who would have guessed that the SSPX would make the news (and discussion) on ESPN this week?

The story is that an SSPX high school baseball team forfeited a game with an opponent because it had a girl on the team.

Officials at Our Lady of Sorrows declined comment. In a written statement Thursday, the school said the decision to forfeit was consistent with a policy prohibiting co-ed sports. The statement also said the school teaches boys respect by not placing girls in athletic competition, where "proper boundaries can only be respected with difficulty."

Our Lady of Sorrows is run by the U.S. branch of the Society of Saint Pius X. The group represents conservative, traditional priests who broke from the Catholic Church in the 1980s.

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  • Posted by: Michael Burton - May. 14, 2012 9:52 AM ET USA

    What is there to agree with? What is inappropriate about a girl playing baseball? Co-ed football? Problematic due to the close personal contact. Co-ed wrestling? Problematic due to the close personal contact. Co-ed baseball? Almost everything is remote. In fact, I can nearly guarantee that at your outdoor social gatherings women and men will throw a ball and perhaps even play some pickup baseball together and none of you would "bat" an eye.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 12, 2012 9:02 AM ET USA

    Strange as it may seem, amidst the increasing moral chaos which it would seem that we are destined to endure, I agree with them (SSPX) on this particular issue.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 11, 2012 7:26 PM ET USA

    We raised our sons to never hit girls, etc. My youngest was a pitcher in Little League and I remember when he was 10 or so and the team they were playing had a girl on it. She was up 3 times and she was walked 3 times - he didn't want to take a chance on hitting her. So a high school team not wanting, as part of their belief, to do the same is quite understandable and laudible (as much as the feminists try to say otherwise).