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Parents Try To Oust Gay Couple's Kids From CA Catholic School

How on earth is it within church doctrine to prevent a child from attending Catholic school just because the parents are gay? Apparently there are some holier-than-thou parents that are raising holy hell, only to get slapped down by the diocese. (

A group of parents and parishioners has accused the Roman Catholic diocese of Orange County of violating church doctrine by allowing a gay couple to enroll their children in a Catholic school.

The group has demanded that St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa accept only families that pledge to abide by Catholic teachings. That would likely bar the men’s two adopted boys from attending the school’s kindergarten because of church opposition to relationships and adoption by same-sex couples.

“This is not a radical or mean-spirited approach to Catholic education,” the group told the school in a letter reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. “It is a straightforward assurance to any prospective parent that their child will be taught the fullness of Roman Catholic doctrine.”

School officials, however, rejected demands for a parental covenant last week and issued a new policy stating that a family’s background “does not constitute an absolute obstacle to enrollment in the school.”

“I firmly believe that this policy is in line with the teaching of the Catholic Church,” Rev. Martin Benzoni, who oversees the 550-student elementary and middle school, told the Times.

Rev. Gerald M. Horan, superintendent of schools operated by the diocese, suggested that hewing too closely to Catholic beliefs would mean banning children whose parents divorced, used birth control or married outside the church.

“This is the quagmire that the parents position represents,” Horan said. “It’s a slippery slope to go down.”

It’s refreshing to see some common sense and a slam against hypocrisy tossed back at those parents by Horan.

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