Catholic School Pulls Out Of Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade After Gays Are Allowed
A Massachusetts Catholic school has pulled out of the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade following the news that a gay advocacy group has been invited to participate in the festivities.
How Christ like...
Immaculate Heart of Mary School released the following statement to the media:
Immaculate Heart of Mary School of Still River, MA has decided to pull out of the South Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade after learning that a homosexual advocacy group will be allowed to march in this year’s parade. For almost 25 years the school band has been happy to march in the parade and to provide a float depicting the culture and Faith of the Irish people around the central figure of “Saint Patrick.”
Br. Thomas Dalton, Principal of the school, stated, “This float has become the Icon of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston appearing in all types of media whenever the parade is mentioned. The familiar scene of Saint Patrick joyfully giving his blessing to the crowds has, sad to say, come to an end. In the footsteps of Saint Patrick, IHM does not condone and will not appear to condone the homosexual lifestyle.
“We must stand firm with the Church which states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, that ‘homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity’ and ‘are intrinsically disordered…Under no circumstances can they be approved.’(#2357)”
Dennis Maney whose eight children attended twelve years at IHM stated, “I had the honor of portraying Saint Patrick a number of times on the school’s float. This parade is meant to honor him and should not be used as political leverage for any special interest group. It’s a shame that Saint Patrick and what he stood for can no longer be respectfully represented in his own parade.”
Actually, we think it's a shame that the school is sending this message of intolerance to impressionable youth.