May 15, 2012 4:29 AM

Statement By The Roman Catholic Diocese Of Lexington On Prom Decision

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington released a statement Monday afternoon concerning the controversy of Lexington Catholic High School not allowing a same-sex couple attend the school's prom over the weekend.

Lexington Catholic High School senior Hope Decker and sophomore Tiffany Wright bought dresses for the dance, but were told Friday afternoon by school administrators that they couldn't attend.

School administrators cited the Catholic Church's stance on same-sex relationships.

Debra Fister, the parent of a Lexington Catholic student questioned the consistency of the school's policy.

"Are we going to turn away students that have premarital sex? Are we going to turn away students that have birth control in their system?"

Lexington Catholic president Steve Angelucci said the school's policies and procedures reflect the church's teachings on the issue.

"As a Catholic high school, we uphold every teaching of the Catholic Church," Angelucci said.

When the couple tried to enter the school's gymnasium for the prom Saturday night, they were turned away. Wright said they held their own prom in the school's parking lot.

The following is the full statement of the Diocese:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington supports the decision of the Lexington Catholic High School administration to prohibit the admittance of a self-identified, same-sex couple to the school's prom Saturday, May 12. The decision was consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which defines the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, states that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered." "They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complimentarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved." (CCC, 2357)

The Catechism goes on to say, "[Persons with homosexual tendencies] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided." (CCC, 2358)

The Catechism concludes that homosexual persons, like all Christians, are called to chastity and self-mastery, in order to approach "Christian perfection." (CCC, 2359)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church was promulgated on October 11, 1992, by the late Blessed Pope John Paul II.

The Church empathizes with those who struggle with same-sex attraction, but, at the same time, the Church and its institutions, like Lexington Catholic, cannot condone or promote actions which normalize homosexual tendencies. This in no way detracts from the value and dignity of the students involved. In light of Catholic teaching, the actions of the Lexington Catholic High School administration were a corrective invitation to the students involved to embrace their truest human dignity as children of God.

Associated Press Wire Services Contributed To This Story.


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