In yet another example of the Catholic Church attacking the GLBT community, a church in Boulder, CO has decided to kick out a pre-school child because his/her parents are two lesbians according to Politics Daily. The child had been attending Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School and was denied re-admission due to his parent’s sexual orientation.
Ask yourself – What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)? Although I’m a lapsed Catholic, I’m sure that he would not in any way, shape or form endorse this type of behavior by the Catholic bureaucracy. Only a hateful organization would see it rightful to attack a child for the status of the parents that they did not choose. This hypocrisy is framed by the church as being due to the parent’s failure to follow Catholic doctrine, with the Church stating the following:
“Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment.”
In response to this statement, I ask myself when will the Catholic Church kick out the children of divorced parents or the children of re-married parents or the children of parents using birth control or the children of women who have had an abortion at some time in their history or illegitimate children born out-of-wedlock?
This intolerant behavior on the part of the Church, follows the Catholic Charities of the Washington Archdiocese decision to rescind future spousal insurance coverage as a protest to providing health care coverage to the the legal spouses of gay and lesbian employees. This marital status was created due to the newly passed equal marriage protection law in the District. Catholic Charities will continue to provide coverage for the spouses of their heterosexual employees who were covered prior to the policy change, but will not provide any future coverage to any spouses of either sexual orientation according to TPM.
Given the ultra-doctrinarian philosophies of Bishop Listecki and Bishop Morlino, stay tuned for similar actions in the Madison and Milwaukee archdioceses.
This one isn’t going away as can be seen by the protests in Boulder against the Church policy.
Meanwhile a group of Catholics has founded and launched a website for the group “Catholics for Marriage Equality“. The group has a stated belief that the Church should acknowledge civil marriages even if it is unable or unwilling to do the same for church marriages. Their statement of belief tells it all:
“As Roman Catholics, we differentiate between sacramental marriage and civil marriage. Therefore, we perceive that same-sex civil marriage poses no threat to our Church. While we respect the authority and integrity of the Church in matters of faith, our prayers and discernment have brought us to a new openness on this issue. We do not ask the Church to perform same-sex marriages. We do implore the Church to honor the States’ prerogative to authorize civil marriages for our gay and lesbian family and friends.”