A few days ago I blogged about a widely-reported situation at a parochial school in Hingham. The school rescinded an offer of admission to an 8-year-old boy after learning that the boy’s parents were a lesbian couple. Yesterday Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston blogged about this as well, his first public comments since the news broke and went national.
Here is his post and here is the Boston Globe article reporting on his post. I must say I’m impressed that a Roman Catholic cardinal blogs and also allows people to comment. I can’t speak to how the responses are filtered but it’s encouraging. The as-of-right-now fourteen comments are on both sides of the issue yet the tone of the debate is respectful.
I feel that the cardinal tried to please all sides — the conservatives, the church’s pastor, and those seeking compassion for the family. Perhaps that’s why he’s a cardinal. From my perspective as rector of a church up the hill from St. Paul’s, I still strongly disagree with the parish’s decision. Not that they would particularly care what I think — but, then, that’s what blogs are for!