First Topic – Direct to my Desk - Archbishop Chaput, Lesbian Parents, and the Mission of Catholic Education
The decision to refuse re-enrollment at a Boulder Catholic school to two children of lesbian parents was the only outcome that was fair to the children, their teachers, school parents and "the authentic faith of the church," said Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. "Our schools are meant to be 'partners in faith' with parents," the archbishop said in a column. "If parents don't respect the beliefs of the church, or live in a manner that openly rejects those beliefs, then partnering with those parents becomes very difficult, if not impossible.” Archbishop Chaput, whose archdiocese includes Boulder, was commenting on the case of two children whose parents, a lesbian couple, were enrolling them at Sacred Heart of Jesus School. So what about non-Catholic students? Or children of divorced and remarried (outside the Church) Catholics? Or children of non-married couples who live together? We discuss it all and ask just what is the mission of a Catholic school and who can attend?