Mass. Catholic high school bans same-sex prom date

Mass. Catholic high school bans same-sex prom date

A self-proclaimed “bisexual” female student at a Massachusetts Catholic high school wanted to attend a prom with her girlfriend but the Diocese of Fall River said no. Thus, the first thing they did was run to the newspapers.

I have to wonder how these stories keep getting in the media. Is somebody staging these actions in order to bash the local school? It’s obvious that a Catholic high school should frown on such actions and should in fact have a policy against it. So is some gay activist group putting these kids up to it?

In any case, the Associated Press article is predictable as always, although the inclusion of the fashion report seems to be irrelevant and a bit too “cheeky”.

Even though Strott bought tickets and her friend paid for a spaghetti-strap dress and brown pumps that Macy’s won’t let her return, the 18-year-old senior said she will go stag to the “007: Diamonds are Forever” theme prom. She planned to wear an orange and yellow dress and Swarovski crystal necklace.

Unfortunately, all too often it’s apparent that some Catholic schools are not doing a good job inculcating in their students an understanding of the Catholic faith or forming their consciences according to the truth.

Ryan Palanza, the student head of the school’s prom committee, said he wished Strott could bring her date.

“We have to adhere to the diocese’s rules,” he said. “This is just a diocese thing.”

No, Ryan, it’s not a “diocese” thing. It’s a Catholic thing. It almost sounds like he’s quoting someone, as if someone else told him that, while the school would like to be accommodating, they have to follow the rules of the big, bad diocese. Now who could that be? An administrator or teacher or faculty advisor, perhaps?

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  • Of course it’s a set up.  How many kids, male or female, end up going to dances with same-sex friends instead of dates?  Tons of them.  If one girl really wanted to bring another girl, all they would have to do is to come to the dance together without saying anything and no one would think anything of it.  But by announcing before hand that she is her “date” she is being intentionally provocative for political reasons.

  • No question that this stuff is “staged.”

    Recall the incident which eventually prompted SCOTUS to “legalize” sodomy in Texas.

    Also recall the Washington State (?) situation, wherein a lesbian couple attempted to enroll their daughter (?) in a Catholic grade school. (It may still lead to litigation, as the school turned them down.)

    Of course, Roe v Wade was also “staged” to some extent.

  • “The decision is pretty ridiculous and unnecessary,” she said in telephone interview yesterday. “I wasn’t trying to make a statement; I was just trying to bring a friend and have fun.”

    Nah, she wasn’t “trying to make a statement”…just read her, uh, statement to the Globe.

    Complete story:

  • I also was unimpressed with the school official who aparently told the Globe “We want a “traditional” Prom”. What sort of answer is that? How about he says “This is a Catholic school, and the Church teaches……….” and so on!

  • Aren’t proms outdated anyways. Many seniors spend upwards of 1000 dollars. No one I know enjoyed their prom that much. Lots of students don’t go.

    I think there was a school in New York that just did away with them, because of the partying afterwards was so excessive. Many schools on top of having a prom, also have a senior brunch, in my case there were two seperate brunchs for the boys and girls where I went as a tradition. This was a rather liberal public high school 15 years ago.

    Why not have a formal senior dinner, just for seniors, no dates from other classes or from other schools with dancing afterwards. Everyone goes without a date and it is really about the graduating class, so there is no need to make a statement with who you are with.