Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School Lives Up to Its Name

Freshman Paige Sultzbach plays second base for Mesa Prep. A Catholic School won't play against her because she's a girl.

Catholicism in America seems to continue is quest for irrelevance via misogyny. This from CNN:

Baseball final forfeited because of girl at second base

The Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship baseball game wasn’t played Thursday night because Mesa Prep’s second baseman is a girl.

Paige Sultzbach, a freshman, is playing baseball because her high school doesn’t offer girls softball. But the school Mesa Prep was to face in the final, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy, said its boys would not compete against a team with a girl and forfeited the game – and the state title – to Mesa Prep.

“As a Catholic school, we promote the ideal of forming and educating boys and girls separately during the adolescent years, especially in physical education,” Our Lady of Sorrows said in a statement, according to CNN affiliate KTVK.

“It takes tremendous moral courage to stand by what it is you believe, and they are doing what they think is right,” Mesa Prep Headmaster Robert Wagner told KTVK.

But Sultzbach’s mother, Pamela Sultzbach, said her daughter and the Mesa Prep team were being done a disservice.

“This is not a contact sport. It shouldn’t be an issue. It wasn’t that they were afraid they were going to hurt or injure her, it’s that (they believe) that a girl’s place is not on a field,” Pamela Sultzbach told the Arizona Republic.

“I respect their views, but it’s a bit out of the 18th century,” Amy Arnold, Mesa Prep’s athletic director, told the Republic.

Mesa Prep and Our Lady of Sorrows played twice during the regular season, but Sultzbach sat out, as they were away games for her team.

“It was on their field, and I felt the need to respect their rules,” she told KTVK.

The final would have been on a neutral field, and Sultzbach wanted to play.

Now, despite being hailed as state champions, Mesa Prep will feel like they’ve missed something, Pamela Sultzbach said.

“This team has worked so hard,” she said. “They’re undefeated. They had one game left. At our school, we’re taught that when you start something, you complete it, and they weren’t done.”

via Baseball final forfeited because of girl at second base – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs.

  • http://412ministry.blogspot.com/ Tom LeGrand

    Too easy.

    Certainly OLS has a right to their values. But they shouldn’t enter a league and compete if they are not willing to compete on the same terms as the rest of the league.

    And I do not find their stance “courageous” in any way. I find it a cowardly, attention-grabbing scheme that punishes their students and the Mesa team, particularly one player who hasn’t done anything other than be a good baseball player who happened to be born without a penis. It’s easy to build a straw man a knock it down and stand around patting yourself on the back for standing up for your “values” and “ideals” and it doesn’t take much courage to urinate on a 15-year old girl.

  • Larry Barber

    One thing the article didn’t mention is that the school is associated with the Society of St. Pius X, a very conservative offshoot of Catholicism, which most Catholics consider to be more than a little weird.

  • Kevin

    Please start fact checking your articles before you continue to bash Catholicism. The Society of St. Pius X is not affiliated with the Catholic Church. They broke off in the mid-90s.

    I’m beginning to really like your work less and less.

    • Larry Barber

      The relationship between SPX and Rome is far more complicated than that. While Rome says that SPX priests are not in “full communion” with Rome, this is not the same thing as a total break with Rome as you, they did not “break off” from Rome. Lay Catholics can still partake of communion administered by SPX clergy without sinning, for instance, something they could not do with Protestant clergy. And I don’t think it is Tony that needs to get his facts straight, he merely linked to an news piece.

    • Linda Richard

      Quoting from the OLS School response:“As a Catholic school, we promote the ideal of forming and educating boys and girls separately during the adolescent years, especially in physical education,” Our Lady of Sorrows said in a statement, according to CNN affiliate KTVK. If the school considers themselves a Catholic School, why should a reporter question that?

  • Carl

    Kevin, that never stopped Tony before.

    I don’t see how this is EXACTLY what we want from our young men. Treating women with deference is what I would want from my sons. It’s too bad that the girl is in this situation, but she chose it, so she has to deal with the consequences.

    • Isaac

      Because it’s not deference. It’s misogyny. It’s the narrative of telling boys “something’s wrong with women, they’re going to corrupt you, and it’s best to to stay way from them.” And what, precisely did she “choose” that has consequences? To be a girl? Or to play baseball? Is there any other context in athletics where the SSPX school would allow a co-ed game? This is like telling the kid getting bullied that it’s the consequence of choosing to wear glasses.

      • Carl

        It has nothing to with telling boys “something is wrong with women.” That is an outright straw man. It has to do with the idea that we protect and care for women, rather than just treat them like one of the guys.

        Her “choice” was choosing to play baseball with boys. There are (or at least should be) consequences for girls (or boys) who cross healthy gender boundaries.

        • Larry Barber

          You mean like the boundary around the bedroom and the kitchen?

        • Reality Check

          A girl playing baseball is “crossing a healthy gender boundary”? What time period are you from? Oh that’s right! Girls NEED to be “protected and cared for” because they clearly can’t take care of themselves, and therefore are placed in a different, helpless, and unequal category to guys! They’re such fragile little dolls, they should sit at home cooking dinner for their big tough men who protect them from reality. That time period, right? The outdated, backward one? The fact that Our Lady of Sorrows can’t respect her as an athlete is pathetic, and the message they’re sending is shameful. Keep on playing Paige!

          • Carl

            Reality Check, no one said girls can’t play sports. They just need to play it with their own gender, and boys with their own. It’s not good for boys to treat girls like other boys. It puts both in an unnecessary and awkward position. It’s sad that this is a controversial view, for most of the world’s history, it was obvious.

          • Carl

            One modification to my comment above, since I know someone will twist it otherwise. I should have said co-ed sports should be limited to those that aren’t “physical”. Golf, for example. Wrestling, football, etc. should be separated by gender. It’s not right for boys to treat girls roughly. If that’s shameful, you have a pretty twisted view of how women should be treated. And people wonder why there are so many issues with abuse and rape.

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  • LNF

    The message sent by the Catholic school was play by our rules or we go home. What the school did was extremely selfish. The kids on both teams worked to get to the championship but were denied because school officials wanted to make a show of their virtue.


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