- A Catholic school in Kansas City, Kansas, rejected the child of a same-sex couple.
- St. Ann Catholic School decided not to accept the child for kindergarten after conferring with the Archdiocese of Kansas City.
- According to the Kansas City Star, the archdiocese recommended against it because same-sex couples “cannot model behaviours and attitudes consistent with the Church’s teachings.”
- Now, over 1,000 people have signed a petition asking church leaders to reconsider.
A Catholic school in Kansas City, Kansas, rejected the child of a same-sex couple. St. Ann Catholic School decided not to accept the student’s application for kindergarten, the Kansas City Star reported.
Now, about 1,000 people have signed a petition asking the school to reconsider the decision, per the newspaper.
“Respectfully, we believe that the decision to deny a child of God access to such a wonderful community and education, based on the notion that his or her parent’s union is not in accordance with the Church’s teaching in Sacramental marriage, lacks the compassion and mercy of Christ’s message,” the petition, a copy of which was obtained by The Star, says.
The school came to the decision after conferring with the Archdiocese of Kansas City. According to the Kansas City Star, parents at the school first heard of the situation in February when the school’s pastor Craig Maxim sent a letter home about the decision.
In the letter, which was obtained by The Star, Maxim wrote that the archdiocese advised that the school reject the kindergartener’s application because the behaviour of same-sex couples, such as their parents, were inconsistent with church beliefs.
In a statement provided to the Kansas City Star on Wednesday, the archdiocese stood by its decision.
“The Church teaches that individuals with same-sex attraction should be treated with dignity,” the statement read. “However, the challenge regarding same-sex couples and our Catholic schools is that same-sex parents cannot model behaviours and attitudes regarding marriage and sexual morality consistent with essential components of the Church’s teachings.”
In his letter, Maxim stressed that the decision was not meant to undermine the church and that he had been “distressed” over the decision.
“These parishioners and I plan to continue dialog with each other and the Archdiocese,” Maxim wrote. “This is not an attempt to undermine Church doctrine but to find common understanding to meet the ever-changing landscape of our society.”
Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has been lauded as progressive when it comes to LGBT issues within the Catholic Church, which does not recognise same-sex marriage. Most recently, in May 2018, Pope Francis was praised when he reportedly told a gay man that “God made [him] like this.”
St. Ann Catholic School didn’t immediately return INSIDER’s request for comment.
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