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Catholic H.S.: Gay Student Can't Accept Matthew Shepard Scholarship on Stage

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Catholic H.S.: Gay Student Can't Accept Matthew Shepard Scholarship on Stage

BY Michelle Garcia

May 08 2012 1:36 PM ET

A gay high school senior was told that he cannot formally accept the Matthew Shepard Scholarship at his Catholic school's annual awards ceremony, despite being encouraged to apply for the award from school administrators. 

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 A gay Iowa teenager has been told that he cannot receive the Matthew Shepard Scholarship at his Catholic school's annual awards ceremony.

Prince of Peace Catholic school senior Keaton Fuller was initially told that he could accept the scholarship at his school's awards ceremony on May 20. According to the Eychaner Foundation of Des Moines, Iowa, which granted the scholarship, Fuller even learned of the scholarship from his school, and the principal issued a statement to notify the scholarship committee that he could accept the award at the ceremony.

But weeks later, the opportunity to formally accept the scholarship at his high school has been revoked after pressure from the local Catholic diocese. "It is difficult to understand how after I have spent 13 years at this school and worked hard during all of them, I would be made to feel that my accomplishments are less than everybody else’s," Fuller wrote in a letter to the student body and staff. "This whole ordeal has been incredibly hurtful, and I am even sadder that this will be one of my last experiences to remember my high school years by."

The Matthew Shepard Scholarship grants $40,000 to an openly LGBT student attending the University of Iowa the following fall. Fuller won the scholarship based on his academic work, as well as his work to reduce homophobia at school and in his community.

As of Tuesday morning, more than 4,000 people have signed a Change.org petition supporting Fuller and asking the school's principal, Superintendent Leland Morrision, and Bishop Martin J. Amos to have a change of heart.

by on May. 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM
The CC completely disgusts me.
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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on May. 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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Quoting romalove:

 

Quoting 12hellokitty:

In a different article Fuller states

“Everybody at the school has always been very accepting and extremely encouraging toward me,” Keaton Fuller, a senior at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton, Iowa, told msnbc.com. “That’s why the latest turn of events has been such a surprise -- I feel invalidated and unaccepted.”

 

So because The Church is not willing to go against it's teaching Fuller feels "invalidated and unaccepted"?  It's sad that he can so quickly write off the acceptance and encouragement he received from classmates and staff because of not being able to receive a scholarship on stage.  Someone needs to tell this young man regardless of sexual orientation we all experience moments of invalidation and unacceptance.  He could have made a bigger difference if he had respected the teachings of the Church and agreed to receive the scholarship at the awards ceremony.     

 Where in the Bible is there an injunction about receiving a scholarship?


No where.  The Church is not preventing this student from receiving a scholarship.  I have no doubt they would do the same if the scholarship was from an Atheist organization.  Funny how people want to press separation of Church and state, and don't think Churches have a right to separate themselves from things that go against their teachings... This is just one more example of how those within the GLBT community are wanting a one way tolerance.     

LavenderMom23
by Bronze Member on May. 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

STOP trying to force Catholics into things they don't want to do, that is bullying.

BaseballMom34
by Member on May. 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM
He was told he could NOT accept the scholarship at the awards ceremony.The school told him about it...sorry his scholarship is no less an achievement than any other one.
Quoting 12hellokitty:

In a different article Fuller states


“Everybody at the school has always been very accepting and extremely encouraging toward me,” Keaton Fuller, a senior at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton, Iowa, told msnbc.com. “That’s why the latest turn of events has been such a surprise -- I feel invalidated and unaccepted.”


 


So because The Church is not willing to go against it's teaching Fuller feels "invalidated and unaccepted"?  It's sad that he can so quickly write off the acceptance and encouragement he received from classmates and staff because of not being able to receive a scholarship on stage.  Someone needs to tell this young man regardless of sexual orientation we all experience moments of invalidation and unacceptance.  He could have made a bigger difference if he had respected the teachings of the Church and agreed to receive the scholarship at the awards ceremony.     

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romalove
by Roma on May. 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM
The scholarship isn't against their teachings. They look like hypocrites because the student was gay while attending school and they took his money, but the scholarship isn't worthy of recognition because of a gay connection.

I don't care because it doesn't affect me. Unfortunately it affects how the Church is viewed and whether it is respect worthy.


Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting romalove:


 


Quoting 12hellokitty:


In a different article Fuller states


“Everybody at the school has always been very accepting and extremely encouraging toward me,” Keaton Fuller, a senior at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton, Iowa, told msnbc.com. “That’s why the latest turn of events has been such a surprise -- I feel invalidated and unaccepted.”


 


So because The Church is not willing to go against it's teaching Fuller feels "invalidated and unaccepted"?  It's sad that he can so quickly write off the acceptance and encouragement he received from classmates and staff because of not being able to receive a scholarship on stage.  Someone needs to tell this young man regardless of sexual orientation we all experience moments of invalidation and unacceptance.  He could have made a bigger difference if he had respected the teachings of the Church and agreed to receive the scholarship at the awards ceremony.     


 Where in the Bible is there an injunction about receiving a scholarship?



No where.  The Church is not preventing this student from receiving a scholarship.  I have no doubt they would do the same if the scholarship was from an Atheist organization.  Funny how people want to press separation of Church and state, and don't think Churches have a right to separate themselves from things that go against their teachings... This is just one more example of how those within the GLBT community are wanting a one way tolerance.     

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romalove
by Roma on May. 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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LOL. No one is forcing them to do anything.

Just judging what they do.

Same as they are doing with this boy and the scholarship.


Quoting LavenderMom23:

STOP trying to force Catholics into things they don't want to do, that is bullying.

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BaseballMom34
by Member on May. 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM
I love how the separation of church and state gets played here yet it doesn't seem to have touched the gay marriage debate.

Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting romalove:


 


Quoting 12hellokitty:


In a different article Fuller states


“Everybody at the school has always been very accepting and extremely encouraging toward me,” Keaton Fuller, a senior at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton, Iowa, told msnbc.com. “That’s why the latest turn of events has been such a surprise -- I feel invalidated and unaccepted.”


 


So because The Church is not willing to go against it's teaching Fuller feels "invalidated and unaccepted"?  It's sad that he can so quickly write off the acceptance and encouragement he received from classmates and staff because of not being able to receive a scholarship on stage.  Someone needs to tell this young man regardless of sexual orientation we all experience moments of invalidation and unacceptance.  He could have made a bigger difference if he had respected the teachings of the Church and agreed to receive the scholarship at the awards ceremony.     


 Where in the Bible is there an injunction about receiving a scholarship?



No where.  The Church is not preventing this student from receiving a scholarship.  I have no doubt they would do the same if the scholarship was from an Atheist organization.  Funny how people want to press separation of Church and state, and don't think Churches have a right to separate themselves from things that go against their teachings... This is just one more example of how those within the GLBT community are wanting a one way tolerance.     

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jehosoba84
by Jenn on May. 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

 

Quoting sherry132:

It's the promotion of the scholarship that is the problem. For them to announce the scholarship, the school will name the scholarship foundation, which would promote the homosexuality. At least in the eyes of the church.

And what have they changed? Women can't be priest, women can't use birth control, people can't get divorced, well they can, but it's rare the church gives out an annulment so that the divorced couple can remarry. Priest and nuns still can't have sexual relationships. 

What's changed that actually matters? Except the nuns can't beat the hell out of the kids anymore, I don't know of anything that has contributed to the church making a signifigant change.

Yes, I was excommunicated because I got a divorce and I used birth control and a very little known fact that I rarely ever share, I had an abortion that wasn't my choice, I 'forced' into it by my parents. I remarried and got my tubes tied. I can never participate in the blood and body of Christ again. 

Quoting romalove:

 

Quoting sherry132:

There are rules against promoting homosexuality. The scholarship is a scholarship for only people who are homosexuals. 

I am an excommunicated Catholic. Nothing that matters has changed at all. 


 


 Did someone actually say to you that you are ex-communicated? Every sin you listed can be forgiven if you are sorry for them. I've never had an abortion, but I used BC for years and was married but not in the church's eyes for several years as well. I still attended church, just not communion. 

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2012 at 4:54 PM


Quoting sherry132:

It's the promotion of the scholarship that is the problem. For them to announce the scholarship, the school will name the scholarship foundation, which would promote the homosexuality. At least in the eyes of the church.

And what have they changed? Women can't be priest, women can't use birth control, people can't get divorced, well they can, but it's rare the church gives out an annulment so that the divorced couple can remarry. Priest and nuns still can't have sexual relationships. 

What's changed that actually matters? Except the nuns can't beat the hell out of the kids anymore, I don't know of anything that has contributed to the church making a signifigant change.

Yes, I was excommunicated because I got a divorce and I used birth control and a very little known fact that I rarely ever share, I had an abortion that wasn't my choice, I 'forced' into it by my parents. I remarried and got my tubes tied. I can never participate in the blood and body of Christ again. 

You can in a Methodist church. 

SuperMommy22
by on May. 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

 The separation of church and state was formed to keep the state out of the church's business. It was to protect the church, not the other way around.

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