:: Monday, January 03, 2005 ::
Bloody Church Conservatives
A small bruhaha is arising in - where else? - California, where a gay couple has enrolled their sons in a Catholic elementary school. Local parents are "outraged," but church officials do make an important point.
The Rev. Gerald M. Horan, superintendent of diocese schools, said that if Catholic beliefs were strictly adhered to, then children whose parents divorced, used birth control or married outside the church would also have to be banned.
"This is the quagmire that the parents' position represents," he said. "It's a slippery slope to go down."
I, myself, went to a Catholic high school, where many of my fellow students' parents were divorced, remarried, or even not Catholic. I fail to see how this would be any different. Besides, such restrictions on the parents of students would have to be applied to everyone, which, like keeping tabs for communion, is an impossible or prohibitive task, as noted by Cardnal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
What's telling about the situation is found in the last quote of the story.
Others are worried the boys' attendance will set a precedent, saying their presence is part of a larger effort by the gay community to change the church.
"The boys are being used as pawns by these men to further their agenda," said Monica Sii, who has four children at the school.
Hmmm, my take on the situation is that they just want their sons to have the admittedly superior education one gets at a Catholic school, but that's just my opinion. I, though, don't have the habit of seeing boogymen everywhere I go.
:: The Squire 5:56 PM :: email this post :: ::