UPDATE 9 March 1850 GMT:
Archbishop Chaput chimes in more directly.
The Archdiocese of Denver that catholic schools in the Archdiocese are not to accept as students the children of same sex "parents".
The policy is here:
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. To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home.
The policy would also protect teachers in the school.
At the catholic pre-school of Sacred Heart parish in Boulder, CO, a decision was made to adhere to archdiocesan policy and not admit the child of a lesbian "couple".
Liberals and homosexual activists are now staging a professional nutty.
Fr. Breslin is personally taking a great deal of heat for adhering to archdiocesan policy and his parish and school are being picketed. He is being attacked on his blog.
You can imagine the canards the protesters are tossing around.
- What Would Jesus Do? (…as if they know…)
- Don’t pick on a child! (… they aren’t… this is about not hurting the child …)
- Teach Acceptance! (… by which they mean ignore the Church’s teachings on homosexual actions, etc…. )
I have some comments.
First, the protestors and the couple are the ones abusing that child by instrumentalizing her. Knowing the Archdiocesan policy, the only reason why the lesbian "couple" would press this is to hurt the Church or try to force their own sinful agenda on an institution of the Church. They are using the child as a tool in their fight. So are the protesters.
Second, the parish priest did not set the policy. If people want to protest, go to the chancery and protest. Follow the Archbishop around and protest. Protesting at the parish or the school to protest at the point of weakness not of strength. That is what bullies do.
Third, this sounds like a concrete use of the tactics of Saul Alinsky. Am I wrong? As a result, there are larger forces behind these protests and probably even the original decision to test the archdiocesan policy at that school… where the parish priest (I am guessing) had a reputation for being strong… thus ensuring that there would be a conflict. If you want a fight, you never pick fights with people whom you know won’t fight back.
Fourth, this is part of our struggle right now over our Catholic identity and that ad intra and ad extra. Remember: If Catholics don’t know what their faith is, if they don’t embrace it, then they will have nothing to contribute in the public square. But when they do, the prevailing secularist and relativistic zeigeist will fight back with demonic ferocity. Their objective is to driven the Catholic voice from the public square. They will do their best, therefore, to subvert Catholic identity from within and from without.
Now, something from Fr. Breslin’s blog, with my emphases and comments.
This past week we implemented a policy that has been the most difficult decision of my life. The choice could have been made to do nothing and allow a lesbian couple to enroll their child in our Kindergarten. But that choice would have been against Archdiocesan policy; and when a priest is ordained he promises obedience to his bishop; and I cannot violate that vow; and I will not.
The choice before me was either to protect the beliefs of our faith or pretend nothing was happening. But our school, after all, is a Catholic school. [This is about identity.] And our reason for existence, both as a parish and as a Catholic school, is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. [Not of the world.] Being disciples of Jesus Christ is very demanding. Yes, being disciples entails adherence to the many examples of Jesus’ love: love one another as I have loved you; be not the first to throw a stone; judge not lest you be judged. Think of the Good Samaritan story and the Prodigal Son.
But when it came to making disciples, He spoke in a different way, a more radical way: unless you take up your cross and follow me, you can have no part of me. Repent and change your ways. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn and offer him the other cheek. Unless you hate your mother and father, brothers and sisters, you cannot be my disciples. Unless you eat My body and drink My blood, you have no life within you. And when the throngs deserted him, He turned to the 12 and said, “Do you also want to leave?” These are only a few of the hard sayings Jesus gives to those who really want to be his disciples. [Do I hear an "Amen!"?]
Would that I could wave a magic wand and make all of the present struggle disappear. I hate the fact that I had to make a choice between being loving and protecting the teachings of the church. [But what he did was choose truer love in choosing adherence to the teachings of the Church.]
As I look around Boulder I recognize that there is ample love all around; but there is a scarcity of discipleship. [That suggests that what one sees "around" is not truer love, the love that is charity.] I chose to be on the side of what was lacking. I chose to protect the faith over doing what would have looked like the loving thing to do. ["looked"] Perhaps some of you parents have been in the position to make a decision for your family that looked like the opposite of love, but was the right decision anyway.
My brothers and sisters, our school is a Catholic school and our teaching on the sanctity of marriage is as clear as a bell. So, the decision I made was based on my conviction that we needed to rest on the side of backing our beliefs and our values. We need to fight for our Catholic values because here in Boulder it seems, no one else is. [kaBOOM] In many ways, I feel quite alone, even though I know I am not alone. [No, Father. You are not alone. WDTPRS has your back.] But I do feel like Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner—“alone, alone, all, all alone- alone on a wide, wide sea.” If you’re upset, blame me. Not our principal. She’s an excellent principal. I’m the one who made this decision. If you want to blame, blame me, your Catholic priest for being – Catholic! [OORAH!]
Video from a local newspaper from yesterday’s protest:
1. Right now… now… stop and pray the St. Michael Prayer for Fr. Breslin and Archbp. Chaput.
2. Immediately after pray the Memorare for the conversion of the couple of that child.
3. VOTE in that poll from the denverpost.com .
4. Then vote in the second poll farther down on the right side.
The second poll, farther down on the right side is about protesting:
UPDATE 9 March 1505 GMT:
You are doing your work! Thanks! Keep going!
UPDATE 9 March 1837 GMT:
Getting there! Great progress!
UPDATE 10 March 1813 GMT:
LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!
The poll graphic on the denverpost.com page is screwed up.
This is the best I could get
UPDATE 10 March 1839 GMT:
I see that on Fr. Breslin’s blog, the comments have been deleted under all the posts. Hard to blame him, poor guy.
UPDATE 10 March 2344 GMT:
The Yes, I am Catholic category has pulled ahead!
But the bad opinion is still head if you add their two categories together.
UPDATE 11 March 1344 GMT:
The poll has been turned around!
Keep up the good work!
UPDATE 11 March 2304 GMT:
The good guys are winning.