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article imageCatholic school in Denver bars children of lesbian couple

By Bob Gordon     Mar 11, 2010 in World
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School in Boulder, CO has placed restrictions on the re-enrollment of two children of a lesbian couple.
The school's decision was first reported Friday by KUSA-TV in Denver.
The Archdiocese of Denver issued the following statement last week:
Homosexual couples living together as a couple are in disaccord with Catholic teaching. No person shall be admitted as a student in any Catholic school unless that person and his/her parent(s) subscribe to the school's philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of the school and Archdiocese," the statement said.... Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment."
On March 10, the Archbishop, Most Reverend Charles J Chaput O.F.M. CAP. wrote a column on the subject entitled, "Catholic Schools: Partners in faith with parents":
The couple was informed by Sacred Heart of Jesus parish school that the older child, whom they were enrolling in kindergarten for next year, would be allowed to attend kindergarten but would not be able to continue into first grade the year after. Their younger child would be welcome to finish preschool, but not continue into kindergarten.
The archbishop goes on to justify that decision by stating that all students are welcome if "their parents support the Catholic mission of the school and do not offer a serious counter-witness to that mission in their actions." He describes this as "common sense." He further asserts that this is for the protection of the children and parents in question:
If parents don’t respect the beliefs of the Church, or live in a manner that openly rejects those beliefs, then partnering with those parents becomes very difficult, if not impossible. It also places unfair stress on the children, who find themselves caught in the middle, and on their teachers, who have an obligation to teach the authentic faith of the Church.
Despite the various statements defining and demanding doctrinal discipline the decision has met with widespread opposition. According to 9News.com employees of the school, who requested anonymity were angry and disappointed. "School staff members, who asked to remain anonymous, say they are disgusted by the Archdiocese's decision. One employee said she could not believe a student will have to suffer because of his or her parents' sexual orientation." Protesters also greeted parishioners arriving for mass on Sunday morning according to The Denver Post.
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