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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Openly Gay Catholic High School Student in Iowa Wins $40,000 College Scholarship

Posted by on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

But the scholarship won't be presented to him at his graduation ceremony—despite assurances from the school itself that it would allow the organization that grants the scholarship to present it to the student who won it—because the award, like the student who won it, is way too gay for Bishop Martin Amos.


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Any parent who raised their kid Catholic should be tortured to death.
Posted by hell isn't good enough on May 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Allyn 2
I'm shocked.

Oh, no, wait, I'm looking for another word that means, um, not-shocked.

Good on this kid. Bad on his folks for paying for Catholic schooling (and feeding the hierarchy) and forcing all that on their kid.
Posted by Allyn on May 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Tracy 3
Well, at least it sounds like the staff and school are doing it right. Silver lining?
Posted by Tracy on May 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 4
Fuck the school...take the money
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on May 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
I think this is technically in the category of an "It's ALREADY Getting Better So You Can Tell The Bishop Who Runs Your School To F*** Off Because You're Gone Gone GONE From This Hick Town" moment.
Posted by Pope Buck I on May 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM · Report this
PS - Dan? Where can we donate to the Eychaner Foundation? A link would be nice!
Posted by Pope Buck I on May 8, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
When I was a kid in Seattle one of the Catholic high schools - I can no longer remember which one - ran a math competition for middle-schoolers: their kids versus us nerds from the public school's Math Olympiad team. We unsurprisingly took all the winning slots in the competition, and I was delighted that as a result of my place in the contest I was not only offered some sort of scholarship to the school (maybe as much as a couple thousand dollars, if I remember), which I was never going to accept, but also $30 cash money, which a quarter-century ago was a pretty good deal for a Saturday afternoon doing middle-school math problems.
Posted by Warren Terra on May 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Right. The Catholic Church would never want anyone to think that it supports someone like this young man who stands up against the kind of discrimination that leads thugs to beat someone like Matthew Shepherd to a pulp and then string him up to die like...Jesus? No, the Catholic Church would never want that.
Posted by tniel on May 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 9
Wow, that will cover an entire year at some schools!
Posted by Max Solomon on May 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM · Report this
debug 10
I'm going to go beat the bishop right now in protest!
Posted by debug on May 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM · Report this
@9, He's an Iowa resident going to an Iowa state school, one of the requirements for winning the scholarship. And a quick look at the fees for a resident that $40,000 will cover his entire college education. So it's a pretty big fucking deal.
Posted by moosefan on May 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
rob! 12
If the bishop says we're not going to do it, I can voice my objection to it, but there's not a whole lot I can do.—School Board President Edward O'Neill
Call his bluff. Invite the foundation rep and carry on as if the bishop never so much as farted in church. What's he going to do, fire everyone? Make a scene at the ceremony?
Posted by rob! on May 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM · Report this
I hope other students at the school will boycot the graduation ceremony in support.
Posted by Spokalou on May 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM · Report this
Firm and polite emails to admins?

Atkinson, Joel

Birdsley, Dan

Dehner, Maggie

Dickherber, Beth

Kaczinski, Joel Treasurer

Kuntz, Fr. Ken Pastor

Mulholland, Joanne Secretary

O'Neill, Ed President

Peart, Nancy Administrator

Roling, Sharon Administrator

Streveler, Tom Vice President

Vander Bleek, Maureen
Posted by Polite on May 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 15
@12.. insubordination in the catholic church is not lightly tolerated. they could move him to a gulag in indiana. they could forbid him to preach or pastor they could close the school entirely if they wanted i don't think they could excommunicate him, but they could and would make the rest of his professional life miserable.they could do worse. they've done worse.
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on May 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 16
@11: i thought the exclamation point was a clue, but i'll make sure i add "THIS IS A JOKE" next time.
Posted by Max Solomon on May 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
The article mentions he's taken same-sex partners to school dances before. Hope he already had his senior prom, because I assume squashing that is going to be the bishop's next move.
Posted by BGKev on May 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM · Report this
scary tyler moore 18
thank you, riz. the indiana gulag archipelago is the name of my next book. also, the catholic church could certainly discipline all or any of the parties involved, but would they do that in the age of the interwebs? i'm curious to see how this all plays out.
Posted by scary tyler moore on May 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM · Report this
Here, this should make your day, Dano:…
Posted by sgt_doom on May 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM · Report this
@16, Hardee-fucking-har. I figured you might be trying to be funny but since $40,000 really will only cover the cost of a year of college at a lot of US colleges I thought I'd point out that the scope of this scholarship means that it's much more significant.
Posted by moosefan on May 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Vince 21
Bishop Martin Amos has no self respect. So he should be forgiven. He really is pitiful. Keaton Fuller gets my congratulations. Bishop Amos could learn from you. But he won't.
Posted by Vince on May 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Tom Sackett 22
Forget Martin Amos, I'll stick with Martin Amis: "“It is straightforward—and never mind, for now, about plagues and famines: if God existed, and if he cared for humankind, he would never have given us religion.” "
Posted by Tom Sackett on May 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
MK1 23
@18 They would and have recently. Re: Excommunicating heads of Catholic hospitals who approved life-saving abortions, plus the whole militaristic witch hunt against American nuns for spending too much time feeding the poor and not enough time raging on abortion and the gays.
Posted by MK1 on May 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this
I don't know why any self respecting person wants to be Catholic anymore.
Posted by Amanda on May 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM · Report this
Religion ruins everything. End. Of. Story. Let the "But MY flavor of faith..."-ing begin....
Posted by JJinAus on May 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM · Report this
It's obvious that pope Benny the Rottweiller has decreed to all Bishops to toe the official Vatican line against homos. The school does have an alternative: ignore the bishops last minute pansy ass objection, do the right thing and give Fuller the award at Graduation.
Posted by alisamc on May 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
BrotherBob 27
proves you don't have to be intelligent to be bishop in Iowa
Posted by BrotherBob on May 8, 2012 at 2:28 PM · Report this
Proud of my cousins who go (and graduated from) Prince of Peace in Clinton for circulating like crazy the petition for the school to change their minds.
Posted by Ptera on May 8, 2012 at 2:38 PM · Report this
Posted by Ptera on May 8, 2012 at 2:39 PM · Report this
Sandiai 30
Thanks, Ptera.
Posted by Sandiai on May 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Report this
rob! 31
Bishop Martin Amos (R) in a scene of happy domesticity with another man. (Story here.) Now why would he want to deny that to anybody else?

Amos's predecessor in the Diocese of Davenport, William Franklin, believed in "the principle of subsidiarity, where problems are solved at the most local level at which they can be reasonably solved." Now why would Bishop Amos want to take that judgment away from his school board?
Posted by rob! on May 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this
The school officials and students really should rally around this kid and either go against the Bishops decision or hold a separate event off site so this student can be properly acknowledged. There is absolutely no excuse for such an act of intolerance. Rather than be proud of this student for coming into his own in a school that teachers Christian principles, he is being punished for it. Such a shame.
Posted by gsmith8822 on May 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM · Report this
Let's all be nice to the school administrators, who seem to have encouraged him to apply for the scholarship and supported the boy. The sole problem here appears to be the bishop, so flamemail to the school side of things seems to be friendly fire.

I did wonder about this, though:
"We cannot allow any one or any organization which promotes a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church to present at a diocesan institution."
That makes sense, when seen in isolation. I don't think that a Catholic school should be obliged to allow the participation of gay groups any more than a secular school should be forced to have religious groups participate. That said, however, it is one of those "we have rules, but we're only applying them to you" things. Capital punishment is against Catholic doctrine, but I don't see them banning pro-death-penalty politicians or parties from attending and participating.
Posted by seeker6079 on May 9, 2012 at 7:07 AM · Report this

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