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Archbishop of Denver defends decision to remove lesbians' children from parish school

Associated Press

DENVER -- The archbishop of Denver on Tuesday defended a decision by a Catholic school not to allow two children to continue as students because their parents are a lesbian couple.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said it was a "painful situation," but the decision by Sacred Heart of Jesus parish school in Boulder was in line with church teachings.

Chaput said the school told the parents that one of the children could complete kindergarten and the other could complete preschool, but neither could continue after that.

Previous reports indicated only one child was involved. Neither the parents nor the children have been identified.

Mindy Barton, legal director of the GLBT Community Center in Denver, which supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, said she believes the school was within its legal rights.

Barton has said the center would still investigate to determine whether the school violated any discrimination laws.

About two dozen protesters stood outside Sacred Heart of Jesus church on Sunday with signs, one reading "God loves all people."

In his written statement Tuesday, Chaput said the parents of Catholic school students are expected to agree with church beliefs, including those forbidding sex between anyone other than married, heterosexual couples.

"The church cannot change these teachings because, in the faith of Catholics, they are the teachings of Jesus Christ," he said.

Chaput said Catholic schools work as religious partners with parents, but that doesn't work if the parents don't respect church beliefs or openly reject them. He said that also puts unfair stress on the children and their teachers.

Chaput acknowledged that many Catholic schools accept students from other faiths and from single-parent families, but he said their parents are expected to support the Catholic mission of the school.

He said the church doesn't believe God has any less love for the children of gays and lesbians than for other children, or that gays and lesbians are bad people.


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"He said the church doesn't believe God has any less love for the children of gays and lesbians than for other children, or that gays and lesbians are bad people."

What a disingenuous statement for the archbishop to make. I doubt parents are asked if they continually use birth control, are divorced, committing adultery, or eating meat on Fridays. It's simple persecution of gay and lesbian families that exist whether the church wants to recognize that or not. WWJD? Surely not what the pastor of this parish and the archbishop of Denver did. I am a Catholic and I am ashamed of this horrifically anti-Christian action and lame double-talk excuse.

I continue to be amazed (although I shouldn't be)
at the hypocritical stances within the Catholic church. Seems they're still having problems, NOW withIN the Vatican City with choirmen and Gentlemen of the Pope diddling with a male prostitution ring; Germany has now exploded with their own mini-series of past Catholic sex scandals; Ireland, with their schemes of state school torture scandals, also within the Catholic
church! Where does this crapola end??!!!? And the Diocese of Denver is worried about two families who are thinking of the spiritual and educational opportunities for their child(ren) in a hostile environment?
Chaput describes it as a "painful situation"; does he mean the loss of revenue or the unbelievable level of stupidity that his church and the Catholic church at large, has reached?
Let me make one thing perfectly clear Herr Chaput: Jesus Christ NEVER taught the principles that you so arrogantly attach to him! Were Christ to return today, he would most likely overturn every table in your church diocese for what you have done, "in Christ's name," of course! Your home-made type of Christianity is disgusting in the extreme!
Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain

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