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Massachusetts School Denies Admission to Boy with Lesbian Moms

Like Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Boulder Colorado did to two children in early March, a Massachusetts elementary school has denied admission to a boy because he has lesbian parents, the AP reports:

Stpaul "The Massachusetts woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns about the effect of publicity on her son, said she planned to send the boy to third grade at St. Paul Elementary School in Hingham in the fall. But she said she learned her son's acceptance was rescinded during a conference call Monday with Principal Cynthia Duggan and the parish priest, the Rev. James Rafferty. 'I'm accustomed to discrimination, I suppose, at my age and my experience as a gay woman,' the mother said. 'But I didn't expect it against my child.' Rafferty said her relationship 'was in discord with the teachings of the Catholic Church,' which holds marriage is only between a man and woman, the woman said. She said Duggan told her teachers wouldn't be prepared to answer questions her son might have because the school's teachings about marriage conflict with what he sees in his family."

The Boston Archdiocese is reportedly investigating the situation.

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  1. Searunner:

    Hingham does have excellent public schools, it's a wealthy town. But all of the nearby towns are pretty nice. Maybe they're in Rockland or Dorchester, in which case I can understand why they'd send their kid to a private school. No sane people want to send their kids to Boston Public Schools aside from exam schools like Latin.

    People are asking why Catholic Schools: Because Catholic Schools have an excellent reputation and are often superior to comparable public schools outside of wealthy towns. I attended a Catholic HS (ALL BOYS!) for 2 years and we had a very diverse student body. Protestants, Jews, many Asians.

    Posted by: John in Boston | May 12, 2010 11:34:56 PM

  2. My Catholic Schools, grammar and HS, weren't preachy at all. We had religion and ethics classes, but we were taught about other faiths in an even-handed way in addition to Catholic teachings. I also had very explicit sex ed in Catholic HS., including discussion of homosexuality. It wasn't snarky at all. Catholics and Catholic Clergy in general aren't very preachy and rigid on day to day basis in the real world. My experience with clergy are most have a nuanced view of theology and teachings. It's rare to come across fire and brimstone Catholic Clergy

    And oh yeah; Catholic boys are hot in those school uniforms. In HS, at the end of terms and summer vacation, we'd burn our white dress shirts, ties, and grey dress pants in a bonefire.

    Posted by: John in Boston | May 12, 2010 11:53:08 PM

  3. I'm really still astonished that any gay person would fund the Katholic Khurch Kulture in any manner whatsoever... Hingham is a nice suburb w/ decent schools. If you don't like the public schools, move over the town line to Duxbury or pay non-resident admission there.

    Ultimately, I think it's time for some hOmos to start the bitchin'est, fantabulous Charter School EVA, so that all the kiddos are dying to go there. :)

    Ta dah!

    Posted by: stephen | May 13, 2010 12:00:20 AM

  4. isn't boston where cardinal law and crew of pedophiles ran wild. who in their right mind would want to send a young boy into that group. cardinal law is still hiding behind the pope's skirt in rome.lady rethink
    catholic education. these are the very same people who are telling you you are going to hell.

    Posted by: walter | May 13, 2010 12:16:41 AM

  5. CB: Gay churches do already exist. The Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto is thriving, successful, and effective at serving people and advancing gay rights in the country and abroad.

    Posted by: Rafa | May 13, 2010 12:33:30 AM

  6. I am a "recovering" Catholic here. Why any gay person would give them one DIME is beyond me!! Last year they gave over $150,000 to defeat gay marriage in Maine while at the same time they are closing parishes all over the country for lack of money!!
    THIS Pope is HORRIBLE!!! He is vocally homophobic..and we all know about those types..right? I personally am so sick of self loathing closet cases who are so unhappy with their own life choices that they push to make gay people who are out and miserable as themselves!!!
    I say the kid is the benefactor of this move. I am glad he will not have to sit on Father's "lap!"

    Posted by: James Stone | May 13, 2010 12:48:27 AM

  7. Don't see the huge deal about this. We should all agree that in order to help bolster the case of gay marriage (marriage equality), Catholic churches and religious institutions should not be forced to perform gay marriage ceremonies if it is against their principals. Likewise, they should be allowed to not admit students based on the same matter. This is not a public school, they are allowed to reject students based on a whole range of issues that might seem unfair to people

    Posted by: Mike C. | May 13, 2010 12:54:28 AM

  8. Hey gay parents! Wanna save yourself from a lot of wholly unnecessary stress?


    There. Problem solved. Quit whining.

    Posted by: Joseph | May 13, 2010 12:54:48 AM

  9. Yes, yes, Catholicism is an appalling anti-gay, misogynistic, anti-knowledge cult. It also undermines civic law and provides asylum to heinous criminals, and is therefore - like every religion that claims "there is no higher law than God's law - intrinsically anti-democratic.

    So what shall we call parents who knowingly send their child to be indoctrinated in this cult? Victims of discrimination? Or unfit parents?

    Obviously they're both, but in our rush to sympathize with the parents, let's not ignore their demonstrated lack of concern for the welfare of their child.

    Posted by: Bryan Harrison | May 13, 2010 1:15:44 AM

  10. I attended St Pauls School in Hingham, graduating in 1994. Sister Marie St. Barbera, the nun who was principal, was a horrible person. Father John Hanlon was accused and subsequently convicted of molesting many, many altar boys both at St Pauls and other churches over his 20 plus yrs as a priest. I was in 8th grade when he was arrested. I was also an altar boy under Hanlon. He never tried anything with me, but I saw a lot of wrestling and inappropriate touching happen with other altar boys. Instead of deal with the situation with the students during the press chaos, Sister Marie, along with the other teachers - Keating, O'Brien, etc. chose not to talk about it. Attending St Paul's School was one of the worst experiences in my life. This child is blessed to not have to endure the horrible experience at St Paul's School that I had to endure, especially as a gay male child. Perhaps they should check out Thayer Academy when he is of age....

    Posted by: Paul Zahn | May 13, 2010 2:32:29 AM

  11. Have you ever been to a Catholic fundraiser?
    It's like a closeted Gay mafia.

    Posted by: lakevubud | May 13, 2010 4:03:04 AM

  12. Before people continue to say that this school is free to discriminate however it wishes, bear in mind it's not 'free' to do so if it receives any public money. I kind of doubt that, at some level, it hasn't received some kind of grant or perk or something or other from the state of federal government, especially in this day and age of the federal government giving aide through religious organizations.

    They may very well not, but bear in mind they could. Just sayin'.

    Posted by: Ryan | May 13, 2010 4:15:02 AM

  13. @RAFA: Maybe the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto should expand and open churches in the U.S. Although I only skimmed their website, sounds like what is needed here in the U.S. Pull all the gay money out of these 'standard' organized churches.

    Posted by: CB | May 13, 2010 4:28:46 AM

  14. First of all, it is the church's - and thus the school's - right to accept or reject whomever they want. I see no reason to be surprised or upset at this.

    As for why two lesbian moms would send their kids to Catholic school, I can think of a couple reasons: 1) Catholics, and esp Jesuits, are reknowned for high quality education standards. 2) As more than one person already stated above, some gays do still consider the Catholic Church their home and very much want their children brought up in that faith tradition. For the life of me, I don't know why, when the Roman Catholic Church is known for all sorts of discrimination - as well as abusing young boys! - but it's still a person's right to choose where to educate their children.

    Posted by: Timotito | May 13, 2010 6:47:37 AM

  15. Another dead horse? Zzzzzzzzzzzzz......

    Posted by: Rocco | May 13, 2010 7:43:44 AM

  16. ...this lesbian needs to get a others have said STOP supporting an Institution that Discriminates....WHY do you send your kid to such a place? There are prvt diverse schools out there lady....your kid will be safer - away from priest clutches.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | May 13, 2010 8:17:29 AM

  17. What I find remarkable is that the Catholic Church turned down a male child.

    Posted by: NancyBoyDrew | May 13, 2010 8:42:48 AM

  18. As Homer Simpson once said, "No offence Apu, but when they were handing out religions you must have been out taking a whizz." The same can be said for the lesbian mom's choice of religion. You don't pick a religion (or school) that discriminates against you. That's kind of clue that they are going to teach your son that you are (fill in the blank with anti-gay rhetoric).

    Posted by: David in Houston | May 13, 2010 9:07:38 AM

  19. Equality for gay parents notwithstanding: Again, anti-abortion people showing no interest or support for the child AFTER it's born. It's very telling that they are willing to ban an innocent child from their wonderful educational institution for who he 'happens' to have as parents.

    Posted by: lookyloo | May 13, 2010 9:49:02 AM

  20. Gays and Lesbians are now the martyrs and the Church is the ROME Prostitute.

    Death to the church

    Posted by: Art | May 13, 2010 1:35:15 PM

  21. What did the church's left knee say to it's right knee? Nothing .. They have never met! They are too busy diddling little boys and girls.

    Posted by: Art | May 13, 2010 1:37:48 PM

  22. Running away and looking elsewhere is not a way to fight injustice! One has to hit this discrimination head on with full force.

    Posted by: LuckyBlueEyez | May 19, 2010 12:33:25 PM

  23. What's wrong with this picture is that a church, who claims to be preaching the word of God, is denying a person the right to attend this school. People give to this church, funds from the public are taken in. This pick and choose persona is never blessed by God. All should be welcomed by any christian, as a real christian is a loving human being. There are fakes among us who claim to be a person of God, then spews hatred in their actions.

    Posted by: LuckyBlueEyez | May 19, 2010 12:51:41 PM

  24. Hey gay people! Want equal rights? Fight for your rights and never give up until the discrimination stops. Black people fought and won by not giving too shall we do the same, until haters are corrected for their evil deeds they try so hard to enforce. We need to knock that right off the age old pages and rewritten for the 21st century. Where one door is closed and locked, there is a window to be smashed and entered! Never give up .... force this type of idiotic action be abolished once and for all!

    Posted by: LuckyBlueEyez | May 19, 2010 1:00:27 PM

  25. P.S. Church is a public place. We have a right to attend whichever church or school we please. We pay taxes and are citizens. With liberty and justice....FOR ALL! Never allow anyone to dictate what is our rights or where we are to go. Haters do not control our lives, the more they try, the harder we shall push our way through! Even if that means to walk over them to get there! BAM!

    Posted by: LuckyBlueEyez | May 20, 2010 7:32:54 PM

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