Catholic School in Mass. refuses 8 year old because his parents are lesbians

There’s really not much to add to this story. We know that the ever homophobic Catholic Church goes out of its way to vilify gay people. But, picking on kids of gay parents really shows how warped the institution really is:

A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was “in discord” with church teachings, according to one of the boys’ mothers.

It’s at least the second time in recent months that students have not been allowed to attend a U.S. Catholic school because of their parents’ sexual orientation, with the other instance occurring in Colorado.

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 But she said she learned her son’s acceptance was rescinded during a conference call Monday with Principal Cynthia Duggan and the parish priest, the Rev.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.”

No one should experience discrimination for being gay. And, certainly no child should suffer at the hands of the Catholic Church. The Church is so blinded by its homophobia that it has no idea how bad it looks when it picks on kids. NECN has a couple great quotes from Hingham residents:

Michelle Martinez of Holliston said, “You think about how progressive we are and how far we’ve moved along and for them not to admit this small child, I mean come on, it’s time to wake up.”

John Richmond of Hingham said, “Doesn’t surprise me in this community, however it does surprise me in this day and age in our Commonwealth of Massachusetts that some of that can still go on.”

One would think that the Catholic Church, particularly the Archdiocese of Boston, with its very long and very ugly history of protecting and enabling child rapists would be more sensitive in cases like this. Just saying.


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