Boston's Catholic schools: all are welcome

Big news from the Church in Boston this week.

From the Globe:

The Archdiocese of Boston, under fire from all sides after a parochial school withdrew an admissions offer to the child of a lesbian couple, yesterday released a new Catholic schools admissions policy that said parochial schools will not “discriminate against or exclude any categories of students.’”

“From the perspective of the foundation, the key part of this is that it does not exclude any group of students, and it promotes what is essential to Catholic education, which is inclusivity,’’ he said.

The Hingham episode drew sharp criticism from prominent funders of Catholic education in Boston. The Catholic Schools Foundation, which gives millions in scholarships to low-income students, said it would not subsidize tuition at any school with a discriminatory admissions policy. Michael B. Reardon, executive director of the foundation, said yesterday his organization is pleased with the new policy’s “clear message of inclusiveness.’’

The new guidelines were developed by a panel of clergy and lay school administrators at the direction of Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley in response to a widely publicized incident last year in which St. Paul School in Hingham rescinded the admissions offer to the 8-year-old boy. The archdiocese helped place the boy in a different Catholic school.

However, the policy, which was distributed to pastors, parishes, and school administrators by e-mail, said school parents “must accept and understand that the teachings of the Catholic Church are an essential and required part of the curriculum.’’

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  1. This is good news. Catholic schools should not discriminate. All children should be treated with kindness.

  2. pagansister says:

    Great news. It makes no difference whether a child is being raised by a mother & father or 2 mothers/2 father’s or a single parent, grandparent etc. If the parent/s want to bring a child to a Catholic school it means they want a good education for their child. Having taught 10 years in a Catholic school, I can vouch for the excellence of the one I was privilaged to teach in.

  3. Providing there is also that same ‘inclusivness” when it comes to participating in all things Catholic, especially
    mass (minus the sacraments of course), I too think it’s a great idea.

    If more would adopt this, it could be the start of the solution to NOT teaching our kids revised history, getting them back to the classics (in their original form), good math and english skills, and heck, they are probably the only instutution on the planet that still teaches cursive.

    Mix that with the kindness of Jesus, and who could resist not sending their kids to a good Catholic School. It’s the only alternative left to home schooling.

    I remember about a decade ago, being really impressed that my friend in san Francisco (an MD and very “education conscious), sent her only daughter to Catholic school, and she was and still is an athiest. The kid turned out fine, and got a great education.

  4. Young Canadian RC Male says:

    While I do not favour discrimination and understand the basic concepts from the Catechism on homosexuality, I find it disheartening that the school “flipped flopped” on the issue.

    To an outsider not familliar with Christianity, pro- LGBQT, pro-homosexuality/anti-Church, they must be saying “Another Victory for us!” This will show another defeat and a stab to Catholic education and the faith, with the secular amoral world triumphing once again.

    “Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it. It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin. The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth. It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind. The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom. Real Love involves real hatred! Whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth. Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of ‘live and let live’; it is not a species of sloppy sentiment. Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God, which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.”

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