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Catholic School Has Issue With Student's Lesbian Parents

School A pre-school student at Boulder, Colorado's Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School will not be able to re-enroll in the fall simply because the child's parents are lesbians. That fact that the student's parents are gay is in itself a violation of the Denver Archdiocese policy.

Says the Archdiocese: "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."

Since it is a private school, this is not against the law. 

One encouraging bit of news is that, even though the school's staff were instructed to not speak to the media, some are so disappointed with the schools discriminatory decision, that they are ignoring the request. One teacher has said that she "couldn't believe a student will have to suffer because of his/her parent's sexual orientation."

Yeah, I can't either.

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  1. I sure as hell don't agree with the idea that we're all living in sin, but whatever happened to the whole "Love the sinner, hate the sin" tagline? I went to Catholic school from 3rd to 12th and knew TONS of kids with divorced and remarried parents or parents who were civilly married. Same violation, but without consequences. Hmmm....

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 5, 2010 6:20:30 PM


  2. Who would have thought that the catholic church is rabidly antigay! It just doesn't make any sense...this is out of left field! I'm shocked! And so are the lesbian parents, I'm sure...just floored...amazed even!

    I think the more pressing issue here is why gay parents would send their children to indoctrination camps like catholic private preschools...lawdy! Ho hum...can't say I really give a fuck about this one.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 5, 2010 6:22:21 PM


  3. "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."

    So am I right to assume they will not be re-enrolling any students whose parents are divorced, remarried, or who use any sort of contraceptive?

    Posted by: amo | Mar 5, 2010 6:30:30 PM


  4. Can you imagine them trying this if the parents were a different race? Pre-1978, I think the Mormon Church was openly racist, so this isn't that far-fetched.

    What about bastards? And AMO makes an extremely good point. The Catholic hierarchy is extremely choosy about which points of doctrine it adheres to, and those which it overlooks.

    I'm just glad more and more people are rejecting these retrograde ooga-booga belief systems.

    Posted by: Fred | Mar 5, 2010 6:34:44 PM


  5. PS My reference to Mormonism is just to make the point that race was a religious topic at one point.

    Posted by: Fred | Mar 5, 2010 6:36:53 PM


  6. I really hope this stalker is banned from towleroad. Now he's using my name in a lame attempt to discredit me. Sorry, pal, but you're going to need more than a fourth grade vocabulary to post a compelling forgery. Just like he does on queerty and those other gossip sites where trash like that belongs. Do you want towleroad to be like queerty? Bottom of the barrel, lowest common denominator? Really? Ban him. Send him back where he belongs.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 5, 2010 6:38:22 PM


  7. Wow. Religion has been used to divide people. Imagine that!

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 5, 2010 6:59:17 PM


  8. Oh Tank,

    You have such a way with words. You just can't escape your background, can you?

    This WAS an enjoyable site. Please go away!

    Posted by: Sara | Mar 5, 2010 7:05:32 PM


  9. LOL! Sara, I don't know what who you're responding to, and I don't care...but it ain't me. This was an enjoyable site? Well, when the fuck did you show up? LOL!

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 5, 2010 7:11:41 PM


  10. There is one positive thing that came out of this and I say this from experience as an ex-Catholic. At least the kid won't be indoctrinated into one of the freakiest cults the world has to offer.

    Posted by: Wren | Mar 5, 2010 7:11:47 PM


  11. And I'm tellin' ya, steve, you're letting an internet stalker and bully turn towleroad into queerty...this person's a deranged nutjob. I have never assumed someone else's name on any site I've ever posted on, and you can take the IP address of the first comment with the SN 'TANK' in this post, and compare it to the internet stalker/bully's, and ban this guy...because he's not going to stop until he's banned. There's no self control when dealing with the depraved.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 5, 2010 7:15:55 PM


  12. To those complaining about gay parents sending their children to a Catholic school in the first place. I went to Catholic school from K-5 and actually had less pressure put on me about religion and faith than I did later at public schools or the the local Y. Catholics, in general, are not as 'preachy' as you would expect, and are certainly less so than the Baptists or other Christians I've met, overall,

    Posted by: aed | Mar 5, 2010 7:21:29 PM


  13. That a child is suffering from this idiocy really is tragic, but far from sympathizing with the parents, I despise them.

    LGBTQ people who support the Catholic church are Jews for Hitler. These women have not only been complicit in their own oppression, but have turned a child who trusts them over to their oppressors for indoctrination in the very same values used to justify the entire family's persecution.

    The news here is not that the Catholic church is vile, but that these women are unfit parents.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 5, 2010 7:22:42 PM


  14. The Catholic Church does seem overly aggressive on gay rights...why can't they direct this energy toward helping the poor, or people living with AIDS, or people in prison, or any other thing Jesus asked us to do? I think there is an underlying politic fueling their hate but still haven't quite figured it out yet. Any ideas?

    Posted by: Breathturn | Mar 5, 2010 7:26:29 PM


  15. Tell him directly what you think: http://tinyurl.com/fatherdiscrimination

    Posted by: Catholics Again | Mar 5, 2010 8:09:12 PM


  16. Lucky for the children to have escaped indoctrination.
    Religious schools should be banned, period. All children should receive the same public education rather than indoctrination.

    Posted by: Lars | Mar 5, 2010 8:19:01 PM


  17. Not knowing the quality of public schools in Denver, it's possible these moms wanted their child placed in an educational environment they deemed better than the public system, with better discipline and a greater potential to learn. In New York City, many of the kids in Catholic schools are not Catholic. Their parents might be able to afford $5,000 a year for a Catholic School, rather than the $30,000 some nondenominational private schools charge. Education in this country is a two-tiered system for the haves and have-nots. Not knowing the parents' background, it's quite possible they wanted their child to have an opportunity for a better education that what the public schools offer.

    One more thing, I never had a desire to live in Colorado anyway, but the moronic comments posted to the paper's Web site confirmed that state is a homophobic hell.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 5, 2010 8:34:24 PM


  18. Yeah, I've got plenty of ideas, Breathturn. Does the recent Vatican Male Prostitution scandal give you any clues? How about the likely centuries old tradition of molesting alter boys?

    Yeah, yeah, crime of pedophilia, not simply homo-hypocrisy. But I contend the roots of the Catholic church's choosing to go after gays with the zeal they should apply to tending to the poor and such, is that so many of the men involved in the Church are repressed, self-loathing queers.

    Just a theory of mine.

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 5, 2010 8:34:59 PM


  19. If some of you were better informed about things RC, you would know that the most openly Repuglican reactionary and politically active prelate in the American branch of the detestable Roman club is the archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput. If Boulder is in his jurisdiction, this is not at all surprising. He recently gave a lecture at a Baptist university where he dissed the only Catholic prez JFK, and called for a Catholic/Evangelical Protestant alliance of all reactionary religious forces to "recapture" the country. But I fear too many of you are more interested in gossip, fashion, porn and hook-up sites to learn who and where your enemies dwell. LGB ignorance enables the American Taliban.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Mar 5, 2010 8:39:25 PM


  20. I'm sorry but I laughed my ass off reading this from one of the TANKS.

    "BAN THIS STALKER NOW! If you continue to allow this fucking loser to discredit the reputation I've spent months building, I am done with towleroad. Everyone around here is a fucking imbecile anyways. I have yet to have an intellectual discussion with someone who wasn't dumber than a box of hair."

    Yes "TANK" maintaining your real world anonymity while building a reputation as a "COMMENTER" is just delusional on too many levels to list.

    Posted by: qjersey | Mar 5, 2010 8:39:45 PM


  21. Why would these parents even want to send their kids to this school? They should be stripped of all parental rights for subjecting innocents to the teaching of this cult.

    Posted by: Louis | Mar 5, 2010 10:15:27 PM


  22. tank, i would call you a wretched piece of shit but that would insult the wretched pieces of shit in the world.

    Posted by: gomez | Mar 5, 2010 10:42:01 PM


  23. Would you REALLY want to send your kids to a school that supports this kind of family values. God help us.

    Posted by: Mike Triggs | Mar 5, 2010 10:47:38 PM


  24. What a crock...and are all students who are children of divorced parents going to be denied registration as well?

    When will my Church realize that gay marriage is not a threat to straight marriage, DIVORCE is the biggest threat to marriage...yet many supporters of anti-gay marriage policies are themselves divorced!

    Bunch of hypocrites...

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Mar 6, 2010 1:51:26 AM


  25. @Lars:

    While Catholic schools indoctrinate in Catholic teachings and religion, public schools indoctrinate in conformity and Orwellian levels of acceptance of teacher's word for law.

    My children will ALWAYS go to a private school. There they have an actual well paid teacher who is not as overworked as the public ones. They will also guarantee that said teacher has the qualifications to do the job.

    The turning point for me on this was when having a conversation with my then 16 year old niece. She had been telling me what they were studying, and commented that she "couldn't believe that the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan 2 days after they surrendered." When I asked her why she thought that, she said her teacher had told them that in history class. When I asked what her text books said, she replied they didn't use them. From my Brother I found out he had spoken to this teacher before because of other issues where she had been teaching wrong information. Basically she told him she was God in her classroom and could teach what she wanted. The school system had been trying to fire her for years, but the Union had the issue held up in court.

    Anyway, all school is indoctrination. It all depends on what kind you want, and how much time you want to take at home to monitor what your children are learning and to do your job as a parent, and make sure you guide them more than their teachers. I'll err on the side of the better education with my children, and pick their school myself, not take the one the government hands me.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 6, 2010 5:48:14 AM


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