Catholic school in Kansas has received over 7,000 people supporting the decision to deny enrollment of the young child of a gay couple to a Catholic school.
The petition, created by ‘pro-life and pro-family communities’, runs counter to an earlier one signed by 2,000 urging the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to allow the child entrance to Prairie Village Catholic school.
The latest petition does not make clear how many of its signatures are from local Catholics, but does state it was written by ‘concerned faithful’ in the archdiocese.
‘It is clear that the rapid secularization of our society is increasingly causing hostility to the practice of the Catholic faith,’ the petition reads.
‘Unfortunately, the lack of sound catechesis can leave many Catholics to form their consciences on these issues based on the opinions of the world rather than the immutable truths of the Gospel.’
A spokesperson for the archdiocese said on Thursday that they were aware of at least one petition in support of the church’s decision but did not know its provenance.
Local parishioners say they learned the kindergartner was blocked from attending the school when Reverend Craig J. Maxim of St. Ann Catholic Church wrote a letter to parents last month.
He wrote in the letter than he had sought guidance from the archdiocese, which told him the child’s parents cannot ‘model behaviors and attitudes consistent with the Church’s teachings.’
In this case, these rules are being applied selectively and used to target LGBT people specifically, as well as punishing the child,’ Martin said in a tweet.
In defending Naumann, the petition read: ‘We are saddened to witness such attacks directed against our Mother the Church, and against you personally, in the aftermath of the decision of Saint Ann Catholic School not to admit as a student the child of a same sex ‘couple.’
Although we are all sinners, and we cannot judge the intentions of the persons involved as faith-filled Catholics striving to raise all Catholic children in a hostile world, we know the grave damage that can be done by scandal.’