Father Craig Maxim is pastor of St Ann Catholic Church in Prairie Village, Kan. The parish has a school. Recently Fr. Maxim declined to accept a child into the school who is being raised by a same-sex couple. Father issued an email
to explain his reasons, as his decision has sparked some protest. Archbishop Naumann has also received these protests, but is standing firm in his decision not to compromise Church teaching
. He rightly says that the situation in which the child now lives cannot exhibit respect and obedience to Christ's teachings on marriage and family life.
So those kvelling and whining about "punishing the child for the parents' sins", I take it as a positive sign that you acknowledge the "parents'" actions as sinful. By the way - "parents" is in quotes because at most only one of them can be the child's biological parent - unless they adopted the child which means that neither is a parent in a moral sense. Your outrage is misplaced. Instead of badgering the pastor and bishop, direct your anger to those so-called "parents". Of course some of you may be in league with the obvious attempt to get the school to accept the mortal sin of sodomy. Anyway, here is my open letter to that same-sex pair.
(Begin open letter)
Dear Same-Sex Couple who is raising and exploiting this child:
Let's cut to the chase. You are exploiting this child. Just as so many of you have been trying to break the resolve and livelihoods of cake bakers, florists et al in your attempts to force them to affirm your mortal sins, you seem to have that as your end game in respect to St Ann's school. Why else would you attempt to enroll the child in a school that has as its core mission the impartation of Catholic teaching? Surely you must be aware that the school would be teaching to its students, and the child in your custody, that same-sex "marriage" is both a farce and mortal sin. Why would you want this child to hear that? Or do you intend, later down the road, to cajole and even threaten the school into a false acceptance of your mortally sinful lifestyle?
A number of your syncophants are even now badgering the school to "show mercy". In actuality, it would be the epitome of cruelty to the child to pretend that your lifestyle is anything but dangerous, certainly to your immortal souls. If mercy is to be shown to the child, the onus for doing so lies on your
shoulders - nowhere else.
If either of you retains any shred of knowledge of Catholic truth (assuming you were brought up in the Faith, and that may not be the case), you might recall that the first Spiritual Work of Mercy is "rebuke the sinner". That is precisely what I'm doing. For you to show mercy to your child, you'll quit your sinful parody of a marriage and cease all homosexual conduct immediately. You will get yourselves to Confession. You will explain to the child the wrongness of your actions. That would be the best lesson in truth and mercy that he or she could receive from you at this time. For that matter, it would be the most merciful thing you could do for yourselves and each other, for this current lifestyle of yours, if continued, leaves you in danger of eternal damnation.
(end open letter)
We do not know who they are, and that is best so as to protect the identity of this poor child. Please spread this around to increase the chances that this couple will see it, both for the sake of the child and their own eternal salvations.
The Archdiocese of Kansas City posted an explanation of its policy regarding admission to Catholic schools
on the front page of its site. Please read it, and then take a minute to thank the archbishop for standing for Christ's teachings. The archbishop doesn't have his own published email address so I'd suggest emails to the Vicar General of the Curia
. An alternate email and phone can be found here
Also please support Father Maxim by contacting the parish. This site
has a handy contact form as well as the usual information. You can also visit their facebook page
to offer support; that page is featuring comments from gay-supporters who think "acceptance" means embracing mortally sinful conduct. Thanks.