There is a new law in England that prohibits discrimination against homosexuals in the placing of children for adoption. As a result some Catholic adoption agencies may drop their Catholic status and others may withdraw from the state-subsidized program and remain just official church agencies.
No such option is available in Church-funded Catholic schools. In Liverpool the Church tried to discipline a gay Catholic head teacher because he was in a civil partnership. The courts ruled this was discrimination and the Church backed off.
Yet the Church has not threatened to withdraw the entire Catholic school system from state funding (as in the adoption scenario) presumably because the price would be too high. And there is the question of consistency. Catholic school head teachers are not asked if they use contraceptives in their married lives and refusing to inquire into their sexual orientation is only a step from that.
However, if a head teacher divorces and then remarrys outside the Church, they may lose their job. There is something inconsistent about having to allow a homosexual head teacher to remain on the job despite being in a civil partnership whereas a heterosexual head in an irregular relationship might well be fired.
But what is the point of trying to impose a traditonal sexual morality on reluctant Catholic teachers who in every other respect are highly qualified? Catholic parents and their children live in the real world where far more scandalous things go on — like clerical sexual abuse.
The Church continues to teach that homosexual men must live a life of enforced celibacy. Then the same Church turns around and assumes that two homosexual men who choose to live together must not be celibate.
The bottom line is this. What people do lawfully and consensually in the privacy of their bedrooms should be of no concern to anyone else.