Tolerance and love, Catholic style
I’ve always had issues with the Catholic Church. Its actions continually speak more eloquently than anything I could say. For example, did you hear about the children who were kicked out of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic school in Boulder, Colorado, last week because their parents are lesbian?
I’m still aghast over this. What difference does it make if the parents are lesbian? Do you punish the children for the perceived sins of the parents?
The parish priest defended his decision as protecting the children and parents “from the necessary conflict that their relationship would bring to a clear-seeing and committed Catholic community.”
“It is not about punishing the child for the sins of his or her parents,” he wrote. [Oh, really?] “It is simply that the lesbian couple is saying that their relationship is a good one that should be accepted by everyone; and the Church cannot agree to that.” [They aren’t just trying to get a good education for their kids?]
How narrow-minded. How judgmental. How appalling that this man and his church would punish the children because he thinks he knows the mind and intent of the parents.
The parents chose the school because both of them were raised in the Catholic faith and attended Catholic schools. Their children were baptized in and attend Sacred Heart church. Understandably shocked and hurt, they remain in seclusion but released a statement yesterday that said, in part:
“There are divorced parents, children of parents born out of wedlock, non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics. Their eligibility has not been questioned. There seems to be a subjective rating system of which sins are more unacceptable.”
“Perhaps our biggest objection to the school’s decision is that we think that it is wrong to punish a child for who the child’s parents are. We do not think this reflects what Jesus would have done.”
Those parents live in one of the most liberal, tolerant, open-minded cities in the country and still they face crap like this? From a church — a church! — that can’t even solve its own problems with homosexuality, pedophilia, and the sexual abuse of children? How dare a church run by celibate priests presume to know, judge or teach others about sex, love, marriage, and intimate personal relationships!
The hypocrisy of it all makes me sick.