A Massachusetts boy won’t be attending St. Paul Elementary School in Hingham after all. His application for third-grade at the Catholic school was rescinded during a conference call between Principal Cynthia Duggan, the parish priest, the Rev. James Rafferty, and the boy’s parents.
Rafferty told the boys mom, who was not identified in the NY Times story, that her relationship with the boy’s other mother ”was in discord with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
The Mass. family isn’t the first to be booted from Catholic school in the U.S. based solely on the fact that his parents are lesbians. A couple of months ago a Colorado child was also banned from enrolling in a U.S. Catholic school.
The boys mother isn’t surprised by discrimination — she’s experienced it plenty. But she says she’s surprised the school is taking out their prejudices against her son. She also said she was told by the principal that teachers weren’t prepared to answer questions her son might have, since the school’s marriage education conflicts with what he sees in his family.
Of course, the mothers knew the church’s stance against gay marriage. But she says they didn’t think that wouldn’t deny her son a spot at their school. After all, children of divorce are allowed to attend, and divorce, like gay relationships, aren’t recognized by the church either.