Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Minn. Catholic school deletes student editorials

Editorials in a Catholic prep school's student newspaper about the same-sex marriage and gay teenagers are sparking the debate about free speech in the Minnesota.

Student-written opinion pieces in the newspaper at the Benilde-St. Margaret in suburban St. Louis defended gay teenagers and criticized a DVD by Minnesota's Catholic bishops that denounced same-sex marriage.

The editorials and the nearly 100 comments they generated were deleted from the newspaper's website over the weekend. The principal says they created the confusion about church teaching and an intensity that made an unsafe environment for students.

Some comments praised a gay student's courage for writing about his experience. Others said the editorials shouldn't have been published at a Catholic school.

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