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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Let's Give a Diocese the Chance to Clean up its Act

Catholic School in O.C. Limits Gay Parents' Role

St. John the Baptist memo says same-sex couples can't act as a family unit at its events.

By Seema MehtaLA Times June 14, 2005

An Orange County Catholic school that angered some parents by allowing a gay couple to enroll their two boys last year has drafted a policy that would forbid the men to appear as a couple at school functions, according to a memo distributed to teachers.In January, officials at Costa Mesa's St. John the Baptist School adopted new admission guidelines that require parents to display "appropriate conduct, in order to support the school's mission and provide positive role models to our students." [I'd like to know when the support of both parents for a child's education became "inappropriate conduct".]

The May 6 memo, obtained by The Times from a parent at the school, states: "Practically speaking this means: The children adopted by a same-sex couple" may enroll "on the condition that the same-sex couple agree not to present themselves as a couple at school functions."Calls to school officials and to the conservative Norbertine order that runs it for the diocese were not returned.Some parents say Sister Mary Vianney, the school's principal for 31 years, has not had her contract renewed after she objected to the new attendance requirements. The parents held a candlelight vigil Saturday and have asked Orange County Diocese Bishop Tod D. Brown to intervene. [...]

There is also commentary from the Rainbow Sash Movement on this event at this link:

You may wish to contact Bishop Brown at the offices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 14195
Orange, CA 92863-1595

Telephone: (714) 282-3000
Facsimile: (714) 282-3029

IF you DO contact the gentleman, remember he stood up for admitting children of gay couples and it's the principal there, a nun, who's formulated the "new policy" and it's her we disagree with.

The two secretaries to Bishop Brown have Email addresses on file at the Diocesan website:
Secretary to Bishop Brown:
Judy Bobier E-mail Link
Secretary to Bishop Brown:
Florence HansenE-mail: E-mail Link

In each instance, ask them to forward your request on to the good Bishop after expressing your concern as succinctly as possible.

Or you can contact the school and the headmistress directly:

Sr. Mary Vianney Ennis, SM
Enrollment 610 K - 8th grade Extended day care
1021 Baker StreetCosta Mesa, CA 92626-4184
(714) 557-5060 Fax: (714) 557-9263
E-mail link

As angry as I get at some of the ridiculous BS perpetrated by bigots in the name of ANY local popular deity, I've found it's best to approach those in parochial education and positions of management with as little hyperbole as possible and with an eye to appealing to reason and fairness.


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