Diocesan Statement on KRCG-TV 10 PM News Item:
KRCG-TV, Channel 13 in Jefferson City, ran a news story on the 10 o’clock news on June 29, regarding an internal document provided to diocesan priests and school principals at presentations in May. This document, prepared for administrative use at the parish level, provides guidance on considering admittance of children to parish schools and programs when households are non-traditional, that is, not led by a mother and father who are married in the Church.
The news story may have been confusing to many people regarding the intent, content and use of this document. The diocese wants to make clear that the document makes no changes from current practice. The document is intended as a tool to use when and if these special enrollment situations occur. The diocese believes parishes should engage and have conversations with members of non-traditional households who inquire about enrollment in a school or program; however, the diocese is not advocating the recruitment or enrollment of children from these households for its schools and programs. Decisions regarding enrollment will always be made by the parish leadership because pastors and other parish administrators are responsible for acting in the good of the local parish community.
Further, there is no diocesan ‘transgender policy’ concerning the enrollment or retention of students. The document provides guidance regarding how to pastorally address the issue of a child wishing to present as the opposite gender. In no instance will a girl or boy be permitted access to a single-sex facility designated for the opposite sex.
Questions regarding this matter can be directed to the diocese by clicking the “Contact Us” menu item and filling out the form, or calling 573-635-9127, M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (except holidays).