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Catholic Culture Trusted Commentary

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 See full bio.

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