A SENIOR Catholic bishop has described as "absolutely appalling" the decision by a Catholic primary school in far western NSW to exclude a girl based on her parents' sexuality, and ordered the school to reverse its decision.
The girl's parents, one of whom was reportedly christened Catholic, enrolled her into kindergarten at Sacred Heart Primary School in Broken Hill for 2012, but their application was rejected because they are in a same-sex relationship.
Bishop [Emeritus] of Parramatta, Kevin Manning, who has responsibility for the Wilcannia-Forbes district covering Broken Hill, told The Australian this morning there was "no way in the world that we can persecute a child because of what their parents did".
"I've instructed (the school) to offer her the position," Bishop Manning said.Bishop Manning said he was "absolutely appalled" by the girl's case, and that he had not been aware of it before it was reported in the media yesterday.
Bishop Manning said the Church maintained its position that homosexual relationships are wrong, but that "you can't discriminate against a child on the grounds that the parents are in a homosexual relationship".
"You are vesting the sins of the parents on the child - it's quite wrong," he said.
It was not "because of her parents' sexuality", but because her mother forms a "couple" with a person of her sex - any sensible person can easily see how this situation can create all sorts of issues in a Catholic school. By the way, there is no such thing as "parents" in this case, Your Excellency, but one mother and another woman; the parents are the mother and a father who is simply left unmentioned, as if female human beings had children through parthenogenesis.