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New archdiocesan policy opens Boston Catholic schools to children of same-sex couples

January 13, 2011

The Boston archdiocese has released a new non-discrimination policy for parochial schools, allowing for homosexual and lesbian parents to send their children to Catholic schools.

The new archdiocesan policy requires that all Catholic schools do not "discriminate against or exclude any categories of students." The policy is the product of months of internal discussions, triggered by a dispute that arose when a pastor rescinded the acceptance of a lesbian couple's child.

Regarding conflicts that might arise if homosexual parents send their children to Catholic schools, the policy says: "Parent(s)/guardian(s) of students in Catholic schools must accept and understand that the teachings of the Catholic Church are an essential and required part of the curriculum."

In school within the Boston archdiocese will be free to write its own admissions guidelines, consistent with the overall policy. But the Catholic Schools Foundation, which supplies scholarship assistance to students in need, has announced that it will not provide benefits for any school whose policies are discriminatory. Michael Reardon, the director of the Catholic Schools Foundation, told the Boston Globe that the new archdiocesan policy should send a "clear message of inclusiveness."


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  • Posted by: - Jan. 15, 2011 1:03 PM ET USA

    Are Cardinal O'Malley et al aware of recent federal decisions? A "Catholic" college must treat itself like a secular school precisely because it doesn't insist upon a genuine Catholic identity in its curriculum and practice. Might the Boston Archdiocese and those organizations related to it be next?

  • Posted by: Obregon - Jan. 14, 2011 1:23 AM ET USA

    My question, as a reaction to this news item is simple, how can this happen in a Catholic diocese led by a bishop in communion with the Bishop of Rome?

  • Posted by: Duns Scotus - Jan. 13, 2011 11:06 PM ET USA

    And when Heather's two "mommies" or daddy and his "roommate" show up for sports and other extracurricular activities and are treated just like all the other "parents" there, that will really show all the students that the Catholic schools of Boston truly believe in the sanctity of marriage, as both nature and Revelation define it.

  • Posted by: Hal - Jan. 13, 2011 6:35 PM ET USA

    Also indicates to me there's precious little catechises in those schools, at least of the orthodox kind. Feh.

  • Posted by: Hal - Jan. 13, 2011 6:33 PM ET USA

    I'd feel better about this if "the Boston Archdiocese" had anything remotely approaching a reliable track record. There's little about O'Malley that gives me comfort in that regard.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jan. 13, 2011 6:01 PM ET USA

    Little Johnny and Suzi will now be taught that it's OK to be gay. It's OK for Heather to have two mommies or for Peter to have two daddies. Shame on Archbishop O'Malley for allowing this!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 13, 2011 5:29 PM ET USA

    Of course, this means that the Boston Archdiocese will have to follow the one in Ontario that will no longer hold to Catholic teaching on homosexuality. If they did so, the child would be offended. This is sheer sophistry. No Catholic parish or school excludes anyone; however, whoever passes the threshold of the Church must understand that we cannot compromise/contradict Its teaching. This is only right and no one should expect otherwise.

  • Posted by: ltoscan2645 - Jan. 13, 2011 5:25 PM ET USA

    "clear message of inclusiveness." - doublespeak for acceptance of all things homosexual - God have mercy on us, I write from Canada where our so called "Catholic" schools have fallen hook line and sinker for this and our Bishops are not doing anything to stop it...another sympton of the poor catechesis that had produced the most ignorant generation of Catholic in history..God please help us

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jan. 13, 2011 5:10 PM ET USA

    Yet another Boston prelate folds to the pressure of the Boston Globe editorial board and fails to preach the Gospel in season and out of season. How long, Oh Lord, how long? This is pathetic!