A petition with more than 7,000 signatures urges support for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas on its decision to deny enrollment to the child of a gay couple at a Prairie Village Catholic school.
Rev. James Martin, a secretariat of communications for the pope, has written about how the church can be more welcoming to LGBTQ people.
On Twitter, he called the archdiocese’s decision “unjust discrimination.”
“In this case, these rules are being applied selectively and used to target LGBT people specifically, as well as punishing the child,” Martin said in a tweet.
The secretariat is responsible for Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Center as well as the Holy See’s website and the pope’s Twitter handle, @Pontifex.
Almost 2,000 people signed a petition asking the church to reconsider a decision they felt “lacks the compassion and mercy of Christ’s message.”
Those who had spoken out against the archdiocese’s decision said that the church was exemplifying a kind of hypocrisy. Their petition questioned why the church would ban a child of gay parents and not children of parents who violated Catholic doctrine by remarrying without annulments or by using fertility treatments or birth control. Catholic schools, they pointed out, also accept children of parents who are not practicing Catholicism at all.