Think of the many Catholic parishes whose mission includes the statement “All are welcome.” Catholic schools are supposed to be teaching the Catholic faith, so exactly what is the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard saying by refusing to march in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade if restrictions on gays are loosened? How can it be that all are welcome in the church, but they can’t walk down the same street?
Either all are welcome, or they’re not. By refusing to be in a parade because there is someone there that you don’t agree with, what is that telling our children about how they should act? When they go to school or to the playground and they start excluding others because they may not be the same, and we call them on it, should we be surprised when they answer, “But you told me that I should do what the church does”?
What kind of example are we showing to our children and to the world?