Monday, January 17, 2011
New archdiocesan policy opens Boston Catholic schools to children of same-sex couples
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 The policy is the product of months of internal discussions, triggered by a dispute that arose when a pastor rescinded the acceptance of a lesbian couple's child.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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