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The decision to deny enrollment to the young child of a gay couple to a Catholic school in Kansas has received support from more than 7,000 people.
The petition, created by 'pro-life and pro-family communities', runs counter to an earlier one signed by 2,000 urging the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to allow the child entrance to Prairie Village Catholic school.
Petition - Signatures - Catholics - State - Faithful
The latest petition does not make clear how many of its signatures are from local Catholics, but does state it was written by 'concerned faithful' in the archdiocese.
'It is clear that the rapid secularization of our society is increasingly causing hostility to the practice of the Catholic faith,' the petition reads.
Lack - Catechesis - Catholics - Consciences - Issues
'Unfortunately, the lack of sound catechesis can leave many Catholics to form their consciences on these issues based on the opinions of the world rather than the immutable truths of the Gospel.'
A spokesperson for the archdiocese said on Thursday that they were aware of at least one petition in support of the church's decision but did not know its provenance.
Parishioners - Kindergartner - School - Reverend - Craig
Local parishioners say they learned the kindergartner was blocked from attending the school when Reverend Craig J. Maxim of St. Ann Catholic Church wrote a letter to parents last month.
He wrote in the letter than he had sought guidance from the archdiocese, which told him the child's parents cannot 'model behaviors and attitudes consistent with the Church's teachings.'
Conflict - Children - Home - Maxim - Letter
'This creates a conflict for those children and what is experienced at home,' Maxim wrote in the letter, dated February 27. 'It also could become a source of confusion for other school children.'
More than 1,800 people signed a petition calling for the church to reconsider the decision, which they argued 'lacks the compassion and mercy of Christ's message.'
People - Part - St - Ann - Parish
While some 650 people said they are part of St. Ann's parish, and...
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