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13:35 | 30th March 2017

News: World

Mon 17 May, 2010
By Danielle Carter


We will work in the coming weeks to develop a policy to eliminate any misunderstandings in the future

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Boston church to help son of lesbian couple find school

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The Archdiocese of Boston in the US has offered to help a child allegedly refused admittance to a school in Massachussetts because his parents are lesbians.

"We believe that every parent who wishes to send their child to a Catholic school should have the opportunity to pursue that dream," Mary Grassa O'Neill, secretary for education and superintendent of schools for the archdiocese, was quoted by the National Catholic Reporter.

"Our schools welcome children based on their parent's understanding that the teachings of the church are an important component of the curriculum and are part of the students' educational experience.

"The archdiocese does not prohibit children of same sex parents from attending Catholic schools," her statement continued.

"We will work in the coming weeks to develop a policy to eliminate any misunderstandings in the future."

The statement is in response to a controversy that erupted when an Associated Press report said that an eight-year-old boy was denied admission to St. Paul School in Hingham, Massachusetts, after the pastor, Fr. James Rafferty, learned that the child's parents are lesbians.

The superintendent said that she had met with the pastor and principal "to learn more about their decision" and that she had also "contacted the student's parent and expressed my concern for the welfare of her child. I offered to help enroll her child in another Catholic school in the archdiocese."

O'Neill said the parent "was gracious and appreciative" and "indicated that she would look forward to considering some other Catholic schools that would welcome her child for the next academic year."

 

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