I really didn’t want to write about this story even though it is in my neck of the woods. The constant barrage of anti Catholic rants coming from our culture in general and the MSM in particular is just getting tiresome.
Look the kid admits he was not bullied. He was, apparently, treated with respect and dignity. Heck the Catholic school even allowed Keaton Fuller to bring a date—another boy—to the school dance. That a Catholic school would allow such a thing is just plain exasperating.
Joanne K. McPortland who blogs at egregious twaddle didn’t want to blog on this story either. She is a revert who admits that the Church’s teaching on human sexuality, is the thorn in the flesh of my reversion.
But she does have an excellent grasp of what the Church teaches and why. She knows what the Bishop versus gay teen outrage is really about:
“Long prelude and wandering tangents aside, the decision by Bishop Amos of Davenport not to allow a representative of the Eychaner Foundation to present Keaton Fuller with its Matthew Shepard Scholarship at the Prince of Peace graduation ceremonies is correct, within the bishop’s rights, and completely nondiscriminatory. The Eychaner Foundation advocates for gay rights, among which are engaging in homosexual relationships and gay marriage. This advocacy runs counter to Catholic teaching, so for a Catholic school to provide the Eychaner Foundation with a bully pulpit (and I use that phrase deliberately) at Prince of Peace’s graduation ceremonies would be inappropriate. Bishop Amos rightly congratulates Mr Fuller on his accomplishments and has no problem with the scholarship being announced by a school official–as, by the way, every scholarship I’ve ever seen or read about being awarded is handled, as I am certain all other scholarships being awarded to members of Mr Fuller’s graduating class will be handled. That is not discrimination or, as Salon puts it, “an anti-gay snub.”
Joanne goes on to lay out the facts. It is a long post, but it is well written. It is certainly not twaddle. It is telling that the Eychaner foundation had made three other attempts at Catholic schools to present the award, but they were turned down. So they cannot claim ignorance. Clearly they were attempting to make a public statement at the expense of the Catholic Church. Get though there and read the whole post.