Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stonecutters Strike Back

Here's the trouble with officious, authoritarian blights on human society -- in the everyday course of business, they do things that produce the need to release statements like this:

To preserve the mission of our schools, and to respect the faith of wider Catholic community, we expect all families who enroll students to live in accord with Catholic teaching ... Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment. [emphasis mine]
The sort of living that's in "open discord with Catholic teaching" turns out to be moving through life with the wrong sexual inclinations -- the ones that turn woman against man and toward other women, never show up for the rite of confession, and fail to recite the Rosary properly.

I don't see why any fair-minded observer, nor the Catholic official who wrote this, should find anything genuinely "unfortunate" in this. Lesbian parents seeking scorn, rejection, fanaticism, and slightly above-average test scores can find them in plenty of places; and for the Church's part, it's difficult to see what they'd find unwelcome in the opportunity to hoist the banner of their preposterous, bigoted superstitions, without which they're just another tax shelter with costumes, theme songs, and a rapidly aging membership pining for things no one else misses, like the Stonecutters (Cf.).

Churchy goes on:
To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home.
Out of charity and delicacy, I will draw no conclusions about whether this implies that parents are expected to look the other way if someone rapes their children at home.

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