The Archdiocese of Boston says it will help a boy who was barred from a Catholic school in Hingham because his parents are lesbians find another Catholic school for the boy to attend.
St. Paul's Elementary School agreed to admit the boy into the school's third grade this fall, but after discovering the nature of his parents' relationship, the priest and principal in charge of the school revoked the offer.
In a statement issued this afternoon, Mary Grassa O'Neill, secretary for education and superintendent of Catholic schools, said that the archdiocese does not prohibit children of same-sex parents from attending Catholic schools, and that the archdiocese will "work in the coming weeks to develop a policy to eliminate any misunderstandings in the future."
Catholic 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," said Grassa O'Neill, who is the superintendent of schools for the archdiocese.
Grassa O'Neill said she contacted one of the student's mothers this morning to express her concern and offered to help her find a different Catholic school for her son.
"She was gracious and appreciative of the suggestion and indicated that she would look forward to considering some other Catholic schools that would welcome her child for the next academic year," the statement said.
Earlier Thursday, the Family Equality Council, a rights group for gay and lesbian families, called the exclusion of the student "indefensible.''
In a statement, Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council, said, "“What St. Paul Elementary School has done is indefensible. If the parents of the child want their son’s admission reinstated, the school should welcome him back immediately. The school made a decision to accept a student, then turned around and rescinded the child’s acceptance just because his parents are lesbians.
She stated that adoption by gay parents is considered appropriate by many groups.
"The National Adoption Center, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and American Psychological Association agree gay parents are good parents. Thirty years of research says the same.''