Mass. Catholic high school bans same-sex prom date

Mass. Catholic high school bans same-sex prom date

A self-proclaimed “bisexual” female student at a Massachusetts Catholic high school wanted to attend a prom with her girlfriend but the Diocese of Fall River said no. Thus, the first thing they did was run to the newspapers.

I have to wonder how these stories keep getting in the media. Is somebody staging these actions in order to bash the local school? It’s obvious that a Catholic high school should frown on such actions and should in fact have a policy against it. So is some gay activist group putting these kids up to it?

In any case, the Associated Press article is predictable as always, although the inclusion of the fashion report seems to be irrelevant and a bit too “cheeky”.

Even though Strott bought tickets and her friend paid for a spaghetti-strap dress and brown pumps that Macy’s won’t let her return, the 18-year-old senior said she will go stag to the “007: Diamonds are Forever” theme prom. She planned to wear an orange and yellow dress and Swarovski crystal necklace.

Unfortunately, all too often it’s apparent that some Catholic schools are not doing a good job inculcating in their students an understanding of the Catholic faith or forming their consciences according to the truth.

Ryan Palanza, the student head of the school’s prom committee, said he wished Strott could bring her date.

“We have to adhere to the diocese’s rules,” he said. “This is just a diocese thing.”

No, Ryan, it’s not a “diocese” thing. It’s a Catholic thing. It almost sounds like he’s quoting someone, as if someone else told him that, while the school would like to be accommodating, they have to follow the rules of the big, bad diocese. Now who could that be? An administrator or teacher or faculty advisor, perhaps?

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