Pope warns against rejecting children of gay parents

Timothy Kincaid

January 5th, 2014

One of the more stupid anti-gay positions taken by American Catholics in the past few years was the decision by some dioceses to disallow children of gay couples to attend parochial schools. It’s hard to fathom what that was supposed to accomplish.

But now Pope Francis has called for a reassessment of how the Church responds to children of gay or divorced parents.

“On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which for us are sometimes difficult to understand,” Francis said in a speech to the Catholic Union of Superiors General in November, extracts of which were published on Italian media websites on Saturday.

The pontiff said educational leaders should ask themselves “how can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing?”

“We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them,” the 77-year-old added.

The Catholic Church and Pope Francis hold and espouse views that are damaging to our community. But unlike his predecessor, Pope Benedict the Malevolent, Francis seems to be aware that the future looks dim for any organization who’s approach to expansion is, “Not you, nor you, nor you, nor you, nor you!”

Richard Rush

January 5th, 2014

“. . . the decision by some dioceses to disallow children of gay couples to attend parochial schools. It’s hard to fathom what that was supposed to accomplish.”

I don’t think it’s hard to fathom at all. They had to exclude them from being in a position to show other students and their parents that they could turn out as well as, or better than, the children of straight couples. And that would have exposed their lies about the horrors of same-sex parenting and marriage.


January 5th, 2014

So, they shouldn’t be treated right because it’s the right thing to do, but because it increases the chances to recruit them into the cult.

Stuart Armstrong

January 5th, 2014

>So, they shouldn’t be treated right because it’s the right thing to do, but because it increases the chances to recruit them into the cult.

Well, at least the glass is half-full…


January 5th, 2014

@Steve: From the point of view of devout Christians, though, recruiting people into Christianity is the “right thing to do.”


January 5th, 2014

The even more stupid anti-gay position is gay parents who send their kids to be educated by the rabidly anti-gay Catholic church.


January 5th, 2014

Merv: Unfortunately, good public schools aren’t always available. And from what I’ve heard, there are Catholic schools where the teachers quietly ignore or moderate the bishops’ hard line against non-heterosexual families.


January 5th, 2014

He says in almost the same breath that he encourages bishops to fight against laws that allow gay people to adopt and marry.


January 5th, 2014

There are always alternatives to paying your biggest enemy to oppress you: Choose a secular private school, move to a better public school district, homeschool.


January 5th, 2014

I just call his predecessor Pope Maledict. It’s more accurate.

Richard Rush

January 5th, 2014


“The even more stupid anti-gay position is gay parents who send their kids to be educated by the rabidly anti-gay Catholic church.”

That’s a good point. I wonder how soon a gay-parenting opponent will claim that gay parents sending their children to Catholic school is another example of how gays are unfit to be parents.


January 5th, 2014

My very gay partner (very angry ex-Catholic) once said he would not hesitate to send a child (doesn’t have one) to a Catholic school because they’d get a superior education. In California, according to his experience, many Catholic school teachers have advanced degrees, and the Catholics are not hung up about science and evolution. I guess he thinks he could undo the religious indoctrination at home. Of course, much has changed in the 35 years since he worked for a diocese and had contact with those liberated Master/PhD nuns.

Ben In Oakland

January 5th, 2014

Lucrece, I personally prefer Benny the Ratz. It sounds so much more…Italian.

Joseph Singer

January 5th, 2014

@Ben In Oakland: Ratzinger sounds Italian? Who knew?

Ben In Oakland

January 5th, 2014



January 6th, 2014

Merv, moving isn’t always an option (like when your entire state is a bad school district), nor are secular private schools available in every area, and homeschooling requires a commitment not all parents can afford to make. I have a Wiccan friend who put her son in a Catholic school; I am pretty sure she would have done anything else if she could have. I know she even tried to home school, but she found her son falling behind while she couldn’t afford to take off any more days from work. However, I understood from her that religious aspects played a minor role in the day-to-day, and were absent from the real education.

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