Monday, January 03, 2005

What about their kids?

Wes Roth points out an article concerning the St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa:

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

"The teachings of the church seem to have been abandoned," John R. Nixon told the Times. "We send our children to a Catholic school because we expect and demand that the teachings of our church will be adhered to."

Seeing children dragged into the fracas over social acceptance of homosexuality is sad, but unavoidable. I don't know a lot of specifics on this case, but I have to side with Rev. Horan, who refuses to ban the children:

The Rev. Gerald M. Horan, superintendent of diocese schools, said that if Catholic beliefs were strictly adhered to, then children whose parents divorced, used birth control or married outside the church would also have to be banned.

Since when do church schools only allow children of parents who follow church teaching? If that's the case, I'm surprised at the number of children still eligible to attend.

It would be a different matter if the school knowingly hired a teacher or administrator in open opposition to church teaching, but children have no control over their parents' choices and should not be barred from school because their parents are gay.

This seems to be a lose-lose situation. Banning the children is definitely wrong and does nothing to improve the situation, but any other action will simply be another step in the destructive process of normalizing homosexuality.

The issue these concerned families should be protesting is the decision to allow homosexual couples to adopt children in the first place.

Update: Hugh Hewitt picked up on this one yesterday. (that's what I get for checking the news sites before the blogs)