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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But weeks later, the opportunity to formally accept the scholarship at his high school has been revoked after pressure from the local Catholic diocese.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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mommajen32
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM


Quoting jehosoba84:

 

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. 

You can be excommunicated just for supporting abortion. Look it up. 

<<-----Jesuit educated Catholic. 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on May. 8, 2012 at 10:19 PM

This doesn't surprise me.

What does, however, is the school encouraging him and the Principal acknowledging he could accept the award.

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on May. 8, 2012 at 10:57 PM

 Oh how stupid.

fireangel5
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Sherry I am also divorced but I attend Mass and receive Communion. You still can :)

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. 

Quoting romalove:

 

Quoting sherry132:

It's the Catholic Church. Their rules are clear. They haven't changed in 2000 years. They will never change no matter what society wants. I don't know why anyone is surprised. 

 There's a rule against scholarship acceptance?

And it's not true that it has not changed, they have absolutely changed things over time.

Or are you receiving any indulgences?


 You were excommunicated?  Wow, I'm sorry to hear that.

I disagree that things that "don't matter" haven't changed.  I also disagree on their stance on this scholarship.  They were fine to allow the gay student to attend their school and take their money, but they won't allow him to get a scholarship because it's in the name of a gay person and it's for a gay person?

What happened to "love the sinner and hate the sin"?

What happened to letting God stand in judgment?

There is nothing remotely sexual about getting this scholarship.  I thought it was the act of homosexuality that was the problem, and not the people themselves?



Raintree
by Ruby Member on May. 8, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Maybe they should make up their damn minds. Stupid school.

Raintree
by Ruby Member on May. 8, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Well gosh. Then they shouldn't have promoted the scholarship to this young man.

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. 

Quoting romalove:

 

Quoting sherry132:

It's the Catholic Church. Their rules are clear. They haven't changed in 2000 years. They will never change no matter what society wants. I don't know why anyone is surprised. 

 There's a rule against scholarship acceptance?

And it's not true that it has not changed, they have absolutely changed things over time.

Or are you receiving any indulgences?


 You were excommunicated?  Wow, I'm sorry to hear that.

I disagree that things that "don't matter" haven't changed.  I also disagree on their stance on this scholarship.  They were fine to allow the gay student to attend their school and take their money, but they won't allow him to get a scholarship because it's in the name of a gay person and it's for a gay person?

What happened to "love the sinner and hate the sin"?

What happened to letting God stand in judgment?

There is nothing remotely sexual about getting this scholarship.  I thought it was the act of homosexuality that was the problem, and not the people themselves?



fireangel5
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2012 at 11:12 PM

The school has to follow the diocese. Its a heirarchy, they have to follow the direction of the diocese. 

Quoting Traci_Momof2:


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.     

If accepting the award is so much against the church's teachings, then why did they tell him he could in the first place?  I think that's the issue here.  First they told him he could.  Then they told him he couldn't.  They need to make up their mind and stick to it.

Actually, the school needs to stand up to the diocese and stick with their original decision - not cave to pressure from the diocese.


fireangel5
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2012 at 11:20 PM

It's not the SCHOOL, its the DIOCESE

Quoting AnotherKim:

The CATHOLIC school encouraged him to apply for this scholarship. If they didn't want to acknowledge his scholarship, they shouldn't have encouraged him to apply for it. If the school doesn't want to publicly acknowledge this GAY student's achievements then they shouldn't have accepted his parents money for the last four years.

Quoting LavenderMom23:

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



momoftwo0406
by on May. 9, 2012 at 12:17 AM

That's sick just another reason I don't follow a religion. 

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on May. 9, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Well I wrote a good bit that disappeared as I was tidying up the punctuation so ill write the big one. Celibacy of the priesthood only became a church tenet when church leaders realized it would be easier to maintain land, wealth, and power if their me. On the ground were not splitting loyalties between church and family. The men also wouldn't be tempted to leave the vicary or other positions to a son instead of reverting back to the church after death. There was no christly mandate to keep his followers celibate. That was added later by reformed saints who used to enjoy the sins of the flesh and loathe them now as only an ex smoker can hate tobacco. And the church no longer claims to be the only holder of truth on the planet as given by god to the pope and they allow science to make claims about the position of planets and stars with barely an iron maiden creaking these days as the earth loses any vestiges of primacy in the universe and becomes a part of the universe instead of the pinnacle of all creation.
They seemed to have matured for a few centuries but the new pope has decided to follow the lead of the southern Baptists lately when it comes to appealing for believers by what they hate instead of what Christ loved. Too bad but the church changes all of the time but it operates in slow motion.


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. 


Quoting romalove:


 


Quoting sherry132:


It's the Catholic Church. Their rules are clear. They haven't changed in 2000 years. They will never change no matter what society wants. I don't know why anyone is surprised. 


 There's a rule against scholarship acceptance?


And it's not true that it has not changed, they have absolutely changed things over time.


Or are you receiving any indulgences?




 You were excommunicated?  Wow, I'm sorry to hear that.


I disagree that things that "don't matter" haven't changed.  I also disagree on their stance on this scholarship.  They were fine to allow the gay student to attend their school and take their money, but they won't allow him to get a scholarship because it's in the name of a gay person and it's for a gay person?


What happened to "love the sinner and hate the sin"?


What happened to letting God stand in judgment?


There is nothing remotely sexual about getting this scholarship.  I thought it was the act of homosexuality that was the problem, and not the people themselves?


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