The Catholic bishop of Davenport, Iowa, has decided to allow a homosexual group to present a hefty scholarship to a homosexual student at a Catholic high school.
After first refusing to permit the Eychaner Foundation to present the scholarship at Prince of Peace High, Bishop Martin Amos (back row, center, in photo) reached an agreement with the group. Amos and the foundation jointly approved a script that will be read at an awards ceremony where Keaton Fuller will receive a $40,000 scholarship.
Fuller is something of a celebrity at the school because he “came out of the closet,” as the homosexual argot puts it. He won the scholarship, foundation officials say, because he’s one tough cookie in the fight against “homophobia.” And he’s tough enough to escort his beau to the high school prom.
The diocese had initially refused to permit the Eychaner Foundation to present the scholarship, named for homosexual Matthew Shepard, who was beaten to death in what was widely — but likely falsely — believed to have been an anti-homosexual “hate crime.”
As the Associated Press reported, the rejection of the request was straight from Catholic doctrine: “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."
The bishop was not going to prohibit the school from announcing that Fuller won the scholarship; he would only have barred a representative from the Eychaner Foundation from presenting it.
According to the AP, “[i]n an open letter released Monday, Fuller said he's never felt so ‘invalidated and unaccepted’ as he did when he heard that news last week.”
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