Church: Jesus Doesn’t Want Kids with Two Moms

You know, at a time when the Catholic church is having a little image problem and Catholic schools are struggling to keep enrollment numbers up, this story is the last thing they need. From the Patriot-Ledger:

A lesbian mom of a South Shore boy says “it was a shock to me” when St. Paul School withdrew an application for the boy this week, on the grounds that it conflicted with Catholic teachings to admit the child of a same-sex couple.

OK, I get that the church has a problem with same-sex couples, but punishing an eight-year-old boy because they don’t like lesbians? Maybe they think it would be dangerous to have this kid around the other children — or maybe the two moms will have the audacity to show up at parent’s night and offend everyone.

Please Lord, protect us.

Actually, you’d think that the school couldn’t wait to get their hands on that boy and straighten him out. No pun intended.

Like a lot of people, I am trying desperately not to be ashamed of stuff that happens in the Catholic church. This column by Nicolas Kristof last month is something you should read. An excerpt:

When you read about the scandals, remember that the Vatican is not the same as the Catholic Church. Ordinary lepers, prostitutes and slum-dwellers may never see a cardinal, but they daily encounter a truly noble Catholic Church in the form of priests, nuns and lay workers toiling to make a difference.

2 thoughts on “Church: Jesus Doesn’t Want Kids with Two Moms

  1. I don’t know much about Catholicism, but I believe that there are these issues in organizations across many religions wherein the members are staunch in their beliefs.

    My example is a local teenage boy who wanted to be on the board of the local chapter of his orthodox Jewish youth group. The rabbinic adviser forbade it because the boy’s mother was not born Jewish. Though she had converted before giving birth to her son, and though she maintained a Kosher household and followed all of the modern orthodox Jewish laws, apparently that was not good enough for this particular rabbi. Rather than being thrilled to have this young man’s participation in the religious youth group, encouraging his budding leadership and strengthening his connection to the religion, this rabbi would rather ostracize him and make him feel like less of a Jew because of his mother’s birth religion.

    I am not criticizing Jews (I am one, though not orthodox). I am criticizing religious zealots who can’t expand their minds for the sake of expanding their communities.

  2. Kate: The best and most beautiful aspects of a religion can be lost in the doctrine.

    I’ve seen it in Catholicism, which is mired in tradition and customs that have distorted the church into something Jesus would have shunned.

    The fundamentalists of the world, who take the bible literally — whether it be Old or New Testament — do more harm than good.

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