Monday, January 17, 2011

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

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 The policy is the product of months of internal discussions, triggered by a dispute that arose when a pastor rescinded the acceptance of a lesbian couple's child.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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    That is absolutely ridiculous.

  2. So when the schoolboard gets flooded with sympathetic parents and the homosexual couple is presented as model parents, how does the diocese deal with that? This for the sake of a tuition assistance program? We are getting creamed with this fake sense of social justice.

  3. It would be very challenging for a homosexual couple to send a child to a Catholic school that is going to teach that it's parents are living a disordered sexual lifestyle in contradiction to God's plan for family. Why would they put themselves in that position?? Why would they choose a Catholic over another charter or private education?? I don't think this will be a big issue and the children should not be discriminated against...but how uncomfortable for ALL involved...esp. the child who cannot understand the nuances of this situation.