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Catholic school breaks athletic ties with Evangelical school that sought exemption from non-discrimination policy on gays

March 06, 2015

A Catholic college in Boston has announced that it is breaking off athletic competitions with a nearby Evangelical Christian school, because the president of the Protestant school has taken a stand against President Obama’s decision to ban discrimination in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation.

D. Michael Lindsay, the president of Gordon College, is one of 14 prominent Christians who signed a letter protesting Obama’s executive order, and pleading for an exemption for religious institutions. In response, Emmanuel College—a Catholic school founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame—has said that it will no longer compete against Gordon’s athletic teams.

Pam Roecker, the director of athletics at Emmanuel, told the campus newspaper, The Hub, that the Catholic school was committed to “fair and equitable treatment.” She said that Gordon’s policy was in conflict with the fundamental mission of Emmanuel.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Mar. 09, 2015 8:25 PM ET USA

    Sorry this is not a Catholic school. They want the name to entice gullible parents. The Bishop of Boston should stand up,get a backbone and declare the school non-Catholic. Life is simple when you actually stand on principle.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Mar. 07, 2015 12:44 AM ET USA

    Another "Catholic" school NOT to send your kids to, sigh. Roecker needs to hear from Abp Cordeleone. Sad to think a more authentically Christian education might be found at Gordon, than at Emmanuel. We need to pray for both.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Mar. 06, 2015 7:26 PM ET USA

    It appears that the story should be referring to "Emmanuel College, which claims to be Catholic".