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.
- 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