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When Student's Parents Are Gay, A Conundrum For The Church08:37
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The intersection of Church & Gay in Knoxville, Tenn. (Wyoming_Jackrabbit via Flickr)
The intersection of Church & Gay in Knoxville, Tenn. (Wyoming_Jackrabbit via Flickr)

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, of the Boston archdiocese, argued on his blog Wednesday that a Catholic school in Hingham was right to revoke admission of an 8-year-old boy whose parents are gay — out of "pastoral concern for the child."

Parochial schools traditionally have been open to students of diverse backgrounds, however, and the episode has drawn criticism from both gay-rights advocates and conservative Catholic groups.

Guests:

  • C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
  • Lillian Gonzalez, a gay parent
  • Lisa Sowle Cahill, a Christian ethicist at Boston College
  • Father Bryan Hehir, cabinet secretary for Boston archdiocese

This program aired on May 20, 2010.

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