Friday, May 11, 2012

Catholic school forfeits game

The Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship baseball game wasn't played Thursday night because Mesa Prep's second baseman is a girl.
Paige Sultzbach, a freshman, is playing baseball because her high school doesn't offer girls softball. But the school Mesa Prep was to face in the final, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy, said its boys would not compete against a team with a girl and forfeited the game - and the state title - to Mesa Prep.
"As a Catholic school, we promote the ideal of forming and educating boys and girls separately during the adolescent years, especially in physical education,” Our Lady of Sorrows said in a statement, according to CNN affiliate KTVK.
This isn't just behind the times, it's going backward. Five, ten, twenty years form now, how will the Catholic kids who forfeited the state title look back on this episode?  With a sense of moral pride that their institution was living it's ideals, or with a desultory sense of disbelief that they could be so karmicly flawed?

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