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?