March 7, 2010

Clearly a case of geographic standards, since I can tell you for a fact that many of the parents of Catholic school kids in Philadelphia's inner city are "living in disaccord with Church teachings." In other words, the rules are much more flexible when the schools don't have enough paying students. Hell, many of the Philadelphia students aren't even Catholics!

I can tell you, though, that even teachers here are rather intimidated by the contractual requirement that they lead pristine Catholic lives that are an inspiration to students. (Unlike, say, the pedophile priests who are groping kids or the Papal court members who are running prostitution rings.) For teachers, parochial schools mostly get devout Catholics who believe in Catholic schools, or ex-public school teachers who are burned out by the discipline problems. It's definitely not the salary (they make the pre-visitation Ebenezer Scrooge look like a spendthrift).

If I taught in Catholic school, I'd find some dirt on the pastor, blackmail him and go about my merry sinful way. But that's just me!

BOULDER - Some parents are considering pulling their children out of a Catholic preschool after the school told a family a student could not return because the parents are homosexual.

A meeting was held to discuss the issue at Wesley Chapel in Boulder Friday evening.

"This could be one of those moments where the community is holding a mirror up to the church for it to take a look at its policy and reconsider what they've been doing," Wesley Chapel Pastor Roger Wolsey said.

Teachers at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School were told about the situation earlier this week. Staff members say they were told a student would not be allowed to re-enroll because of his or her parents' sexual orientation.

The Denver Archdiocese says the student's parents are two women and their homosexual relationship violates the school's beliefs and policy.

"They're entitled to do what they want," Wolsey said. "And I would respect them no matter what they decide. [But] I think a lot of churches are doing a lot of soul searching right now."

In a statement sent to 9NEWS, the Archdiocese said, "Homosexual couples living together as a couple are in disaccord with Catholic teaching."

According to the Archdiocese, parents who enroll their kids at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School are expected to follow the Catholic Church's beliefs.

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