Catholic officials decided not to allow an eight-year-old out in Hingham Catholic school in Massachusetts because his parents are a lesbian couple. USA Today reported that Catholic officials made the decision because the couple was “in discord” with Catholic teachings that marriage is between a man and a woman.
But, in a twist that differs from a similar incident in Boulder, Colo., the archdiocese of Boston, is reaching out to help the mothers find a Catholic school that would be more accepting. The Boston Globe reported that the Catholic Schools Foundation, foremost scholarship source for low-income students, announced that it would not support any school which discriminates.
Jarrett T. Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said, “I send my child to a Catholic school where they know that my son has two dads and where the principal told me the founding principle of this school is the central tenet of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and that is love.’’
Mary Grassa O’Neill, Secretary for Education and Superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdioces of Boston, said they “welcome children based on their parent’s understanding that the teachings of the Church are an important component of the curriculum and are part of the students’ educational experience.”
In the same week, the Pope decried same-sex marriage as “insidious and dangerous” while preaching to a crowd of a half a million people in Portugal—a country where a law which made same-sex marriage legal was passed easily by the Parliament and awaits signing by Portugal’s president.
GLAAD will continue to monitor actions of Catholic officials and shine a light on growing support for LGBT equality among Catholics in the pew—despite Vatican opposition.