It started as the story of a heroic parish priest and school principal resisting pressure and asserting that Catholic schools are about teaching catholicism, not condoning sin.
**And now it's looking like a staged stunt by the homosexualist lobby to expose the contradictions in the official positions taken by some of our bishops...
Bishop Manning orders the child to be accepted!
This afternoon the story has become yet another example of the capitulation of our bishops to the secularist, homosexualist lobby, with Apostolic Administrator Bishop Kevin Manning of Wilcannia-Forbes ordering the school to accept the child!
Bishop Manning's argument, apparently, is that the parents choices are not the child's fault.
But parents are the first educators of their children, and they are already telling their child something contrary to the faith.
And thus the 'parents' presence collecting the child and at school events will be a bad example and source of continuing scandal to other families.
It puts the school in the invidious position of potentially teaching the child to disapprove of its guardians, and leading to pressure for certain teachings not to be taught, or worse.
And the reasons why the bishop should not have intervened here are made crystal clear in the Sydney Morning Herald's article on the subject:
"The school's decision was met with outrage on the airwaves, while NSW Greens MP John Kaye labelled the move "offensive".
"Any school that receives public funding should not be allowed to refuse the enrolment of a child on the basis of their parents' sexuality," Mr Kaye said."
Bishop Manning is apparently proposing to take the issue of an enrolments policy to the bishops conference.
Hopefully the issue will be clarified in line with Church teaching well before that.
**Update: Lesbians refuse the offered place...
And now the news that the lesbian couple concerned have turned down the place at the school the bishop demanded be offered.
That is a sensible decision - but it is pretty hard to understand why they sought to send the child there in the first place.
So was it all just a stunt designed to expose the contradictions in the official positions being taken by a number of our bishops?