Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston says the children of same-sex couples should be welcomed at any church schools in the archdiocese, a position different from that of at least one other prominent bishop in the American hierarchy. Photo
"We have never had categories of people who were excluded," O'Malley wrote in a blog post. "While there are legitimate reasons that might lead to a decision not to admit a child" -- he cited behavioral issues and similar problems -- "I believe all would agree that the good of the child must always be our primary concern."
O'Malley was in Portugal last week with Pope Benedict XVI at the shrine at Fatima when news broke that back home in Massachusetts a parish school had barred an 8-year-old boy from entering the third grade in the fall because the pastor discovered that the boy's parents are lesbians. On Wednesday, having returned to Boston, O'Malley reaffirmed the decision of archdiocesan officials to welcome the boy to another Catholic school. Read more - by David Gibson – May 20, 2010 - Politics Daily
Same-Sex on the South Shore: The Archdiocese of Boston's Pastoral Decision – by Rev. James Martin, S.J. – The Huffington Post – read more
O'Malley post cites 'good of the child' – by Lisa Wangsness - Boston Globe – read more
Ignorance about human sexuality is harmful to children.
“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!