We have been following the controversy in Boulder, CO where a homosexual activst lesbian "couple" attempted to force a child (sadly) in their care into a Catholic school knowing that the Archdiocese had a policy not to accept such children.
The purpose of the Archdiocesan policy was, of course, to protect the children.
Those protesting against the Archdiocese, school and priest have been parroting the usual canards are being "tolerant".
From the daily camera of Boulder, CO, comes this editorial. My emphases and comments.
Danaher: Tolerance goes both ways, Boulder
By Charlie Danaher
If one didn`t know better you could easily conclude that there is a heartless bunch running Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish School in Boulder.
Outrage erupted after the school gave notice to a lesbian couple that their two children would not be allowed to attend school the year after next. Many were shocked by the fact that school administrators thought it a bad idea to subject children to religious teaching that unambiguously states that the lifestyle of their parents is not good or healthy. What should not be shocking, or a secret to any, is the fact that the Catholic faith finds unacceptable sexual relations outside of marriage, and defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
As Father Bill Breslin, pastor of SHJ, stated in his blog of March 5 "If a child of gay parents comes to our school, and we teach that gay marriage is against the will of God, then the child will think that we are saying their parents are bad. We don`t want to put any child in that tough position — nor do we want to put the parents, or the teachers, at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church."
He`s right. It`s easy to see why school officials concluded that having children in such a setting is likely to result in a philosophical conflict, where the children are certain to be confused and uncomfortable. [Exactly. What is so reprehensible about what the lesbian couple did to that child is make her a pawn in their own game. Getting her into that school was not going to be the end of the manipulation.]
Denver archbishop Charles Chaput writes in the March 10 issue of the Denver Catholic Register, "These students are always welcome so long as their parents support the Catholic mission of the school and do not offer a serious counter-witness to that mission in their actions." As Christians, we are called to be a witness to our faith. And if we engage in a lifestyle that, publicly, runs counter to our faith, or as Chaput stated, is a counter-witness, then it serves as a vocal rejection of the faith. And the church has every right to find such behavior intolerable. [YES.]
Some have wondered why children born out-of-wedlock or of divorced parents aren`t also denied enrollment. A fair question. It comes down to whether the parents are currently, on an on-going basis, deliberately living a lifestyle that displays public opposition to church teaching. For instance, in the past, a parent may have had a child out-of-wedlock or gotten divorced. Because it`s in the past, such an action, in and of itself, is not a public display of a philosophy in discord with church policy. [And let's not forget that homosexual activity is against the nature God wrote into human beings.]
For all we know, these single parents or divorcees may have repented for their past actions and would not choose to repeat them. Therefore their current status does not directly oppose church teaching. But unmarried couples (gay or straight) living together, because of their actions, are deliberately living a lifestyle that serves as a counter-witness to the faith. [Though what they are doing isn't against nature it is still against even natural law and God's law.] I think it`s reasonable for the church to expect that members not live in a manner that publicly displays disagreement to the church`s tenets.
Some say this action by the parish shows insensitivity toward children and hatred toward the gay parents. Actually, I think neither is true. The school administrators may very well be acting out of compassion for the children, and I take Fr. Bill at his word that this was a very difficult thing to do. As far as hating gays, I think the saying Love the sinner, hate the sin applies here.
To be sure some do hate gays, even some so-called Christians. But that certainly is not the position of the church. [Nor is that the situation in Boulder.] The church recognizes that we are all sinners, and that we are all loved by God. The church simply expects us to resolve to amend our lives.
[NB] Some people will not be satisfied until the church is either run out of business, is silenced or abandons all principle. [I think that that is what lies at the root of this controversy.] We may never all agree but hopefully we can be tolerant of the church`s position and respect their dedication to the faith.