Catholic school admits kid of gay parents, Catholic parents not amused.

Now here’s a news story that actually made me admire the Catholic church for a change. Or at least the Roman Catholic diocese in Orange County, California. Seems a bunch of Catholic parents out there are all upset that their Catholic school has allowed the enrollment of a boy who’s parents are gay. A group of angry parishioners and parents is all worked up about it:

The group demanded that St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa accept only families that pledge to abide by Catholic teachings, the Los Angeles Times reported in Sunday’s editions. Church doctrine opposes gay relationships and adoption by same-sex couples.

“The teachings of the church seem to have been abandoned,” John R. Nixon told the Times. “We send our children to a Catholic school because we expect and demand that the teachings of our church will be adhered to.”

School officials rejected the demand, and issued a new policy stating that a family’s background “does not constitute an absolute obstacle to enrollment in the school.”

Well would you look at that? Who would’ve thought a Catholic school would fight to allow someone to attend? Not only did they effectively tell the pissed off folks to shut the hell up and sit down, but they gave a damned good reason for doing so:

The Rev. Gerald M. Horan, superintendent of diocese schools, said that if Catholic beliefs were strictly adhered to, then children whose parents divorced, used birth control or married outside the church would also have to be banned.

“This is the quagmire that the parents’ position represents,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope to go down.”

Was that a Catholic bitch-slap I just heard?? I believe it was! Can I get me an AMEN?!

Not that the pissed off parents are backing down from their right to be bigoted, paranoid, conspiracy-minded, asshats:

Some parents have promised to ask the Vatican to intervene and some have threatened to pull their children from the school. Others are worried the boys’ attendance will set a precedent, saying their presence is part of a larger effort by the gay community to change the church.

“The boys are being used as pawns by these men to further their agenda,” said Monica Sii, who has four children at the school.

So, what, the kid has been secretly brainwashed and will begin covertly trying to indoctrinate the other kids into becoming gay on the sly when Sister Mary “Whiplash” Theresa turns her back to write on the chalkboard or something? What kind of agenda could the parents possibly further by trying to get their kid a good Catholic education that’ll require years of expensive therapy later in life to recover from?

14 thoughts on “Catholic school admits kid of gay parents, Catholic parents not amused.

  1. This is pretty hilarious, and it’s good to see a Catholic school standing up for a student.

    That said, if it was the boy who was gay instead of the parents they probably wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole, which is their right I suppose. It is after all a religious school.

    Of course to the “concerned citizens” threatening to pull their kids out of the school, it’s just part of the big ol’ gay conspiracy.

  2. Umm, Les, there hasn’t been a chalkboard in our local school for 7 years.  It is dry-erase boards now.  And the 4th graders are expected to be able to do Power Point presentations for a Report due in April. 
    The Catholic School allows children of many faiths to attend, so long as the parents open their wallets.  Some folks send their kids over there because of smaller class sizes and less peer pressure.  Students do have to sit through Chapel at least once per week.  No protests, so far.

  3. Another example to reinforce my conviction that religion need not interfere with doing the right thing.  Our own Archbishop of Vienna Christoph Schönborn is in Indonesia at the moment, and he’s not there to convert the heathens.

  4. I’ve been of the opinion for awhile that out here (CA), the Catholic church is definitely more liberal than the Protestants.  This is ironic considering why the two churches are no longer one.  smile

    Now the private Protestant schools…well, a year or so back, there was a girl who was denied admission because her mother was an exotic dancer; people are such idiots.

  5. Slick- I’m in the middle of a fascinating book, “The Battle for God” by Karen Armstrong, which sheds light on this seemingly ironic discrepancy.

    It’s a history of fundamentalism, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, from around 1492 to the present.  What she says about Iraq and Iran alone should be required reading for those on the right who think Muslim hatred of the West is just crazy.

    Anyway, while there of course have been liberal and conservative currents in both Catholic and Protestant churches, the Protestants have historically tended more than the Catholics to regard the Bible as literally true and the only guide to right action.  Not surprising, because they haven’t had the amount of time to accrue layers of dogma and political machinery the Catholic church has, and they started out splintered into many sects without an overarching vision, and disagreed with one another from the beginning.  The one thing Protestants had as a guide was the Bible, not having had centuries of their own Church behind them.

    Catholics and Protestants thus tend to be conservative about different things- Catholics, about the Church, and Protestants, about the Book.  I know- gross oversimplification, lots of exceptions.  But I believe the tendency is there.

  6. Les, good post!  I’m glad the Catholic school can see beyond the politics.

    “The teachings of the church seem to have been abandoned,

  7. It seems to me that many Christians just ignore aspects of their religion when it suits them, like “turning the other cheek”, “not throwing the first stone”, “the meek shall inherit the earth”, “it’s harder for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”, and the whole point of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

    Sometimes it brings out the worst of them, they just like to act like a little clique, pretending to be good and pointing fingers at all the outsiders who are wicked and evil.

  8. My biggest beef with organized religion is the hypocrisy that seems to take place, where everyone who says they are religious pretend that there shit don’t stink. Anyway, this is a good example of a Church that is practicing what it preaches. Anyone who has read the bible knows that the Jesus was always accepting sinners, he didn’t turn away the prostitutes, the drunks, the thieves or the gays. If he had, the Catholics would have never heard of St.Peter.

  9. Tee-Hee.  Whenever I encounter a ‘fellow’ Christian with an attitude of hypocrisy such as you describe BBM, or a chatty little gossip, etc. my immediate reply is “I’m sure the head-Jew would be proud of you.”  Half the time they get pissed off that I called Jesus a Jew when they realize what I meant…that’s like bonus points.  smile

  10. While I admire, for the first time, the position of the catholic school I wonder why the parents would want to send their children to the school.  The catholic school is homophobic, and frequently sexist and racist.  There must be a better private school inl the area that these children could go to, on lthat doesn’t teach hate and bigotry.

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