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Catholic school boycotts St. Patrick's Day parade because gay group will march

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A Catholic school boycotts the St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston by deciding not to march in it and this news has traveled around the country. The decision came after the school learned that a gay group would be marching in the parade. On March 3, WCVB reported that The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard, Mass. will not be participating in this year's parade "after learning that a gay military veterans group" will be marching.

"The familiar scene of Saint Patrick joyfully giving his blessing to the crowds has, sad to say, come to an end. In the footsteps of Saint Patrick, IHM does not condone and will not appear to condone the homosexual lifestyle," Principal Thomas Dalton said (via WCVB).

The Catholic school is boycotting the St. Patrick's Day parade because participating in something that includes gay members of the community is against the teachings of the school. Since the Catholic church is not open to homosexuality, their decision wasn't difficult and it makes sense to them. Unfortunately said decision is based on their faith and the decision really only punishes themselves -- the parade is one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the country drawing about one million people each year. This year, they won't be a part of it.

"We must stand firm with the Church which states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, that 'homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity' and 'are intrinsically disordered…Under no circumstances can they be approved,'" Dalton said (via WCVB).

The Catholic school's decision to boycott the St. Patrick's Day parade is crazy to some people. What do you make of it?

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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