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Archdiocese issues schools admissions policy


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BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston has formulated a Catholic schools admission policy which says schools must "not discriminate against or exclude any categories of students" while at the same time acknowledging the autonomy of parish and school officials to make admissions decisions at the local level. The policy was distributed Jan. 12.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley pledged to develop the new policy following a May 2010 incident that made national headlines when a Hingham Catholic school rescinded the acceptance of a child of lesbian parents.

At the time, archdiocesan officials reacted negatively to the decision but noted there was no specific archdiocesan policy covering the situation.

The new Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Admission Policy says that schools "do not discriminate against or exclude any categories of students." The policy does not define what is considered a category.

"Our schools welcome, and they don't discriminate against any categories of students," said Secretary for Education Mary Grassa O'Neill. "It covers all categories of students."

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia Father Richard Erikson said, "Catholic education is a treasure of the Church and we want to share that as broadly as we can."

"We will not exclude any category of child from our schools and we expect pastors will be in conformity with the decision," he added.

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