First, I need it to be clear that I am not Catholic, I do not know Father Mike or the children or parents involved in the recent controversy at St. Francis Catholic School.
That being said, I am wondering if the Catholic church condones punishing children for “the sins of the parents.” I understand, although I do not agree with, the stand of the Catholic church on same-sex marriage. But these children are innocent bystanders.
The Catholic church also does not condone sex outside of marriage. Does St. Francis or other Catholic-based schools deny admission to children born out of wedlock?
Being a retired educator, I am well aware of the kind of harassment the children might face from their classmates about their same-sex parents. Children can be cruel, but they are often mimicking the attitudes and comments of their parents, and this will happen whether it is a private, non-religious school, a religion-based school, or a public school.
This possible harassment was another reason for the admission denial, according to some Catholic friends of mine. I say what better environment for such harassment to occur in, where those guilty of such harassment could be dealt with in a Christian manner, teaching them to be kind to and accepting of their fellow man.
If this is the official stand of the Catholic church, that children of same-sex marriages will not be accepted at a Catholic school, this needs to be a stated policy in their admission requirements.
Hilton Head Island
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