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Catholic school refusing to allow Matthew Shepard Scholarship presentation

Clinton, IA — Prince of Peace Catholic School, located in Clinton, IA, is refusing to allow senior Keaton Fuller to receive Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship at his school's upcoming awards ceremony May 20, 2012.

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This is a change to the school's written confirmation two months ago that the award could be presented by a Iowa Matthew Shepard Scholarship committee member. Prince of Peace is not making any public statement but a statement by the Catholic Diocese of Davenport, IA said: "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."

Keaton, and his parents Randy and Patricia Fuller, are objecting to the determination that Keaton will not be recognized by the Iowa Matthew Shepard Scholarship Committee for his scholastic achievements and community service at the awards ceremony with his classmates. 

Fuller had been previously encouraged by Prince of Peace academic advisors to pursue the scholarship. He has released an open letter requesting the school recognize all student awards equally.

Iowa's $40,000 Matthew Shepard Scholarship is a program of the Eychaner Foundation in Des Moines. The program invests in distinguished Iowa high school students who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Rich Eychaner is a Des Moines philanthropist, businessman and LGBT activist.
From the Washington Post:

I sent an email to Bishop Martin Amos, at

“Bishop Martin Amos in Davenport said the Eychaner Foundation would not be allowed to present the Matthew Shepard Scholarship to Keaton Fuller during the May 20 ceremony at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton, saying the group’s support for gay rights conflicts with church doctrine.”

As a catholic, and grandparent of six, I am totally frustrated with what some of the hierarchy of this Church have become. From Ireland, to Davenport, Iowa, the leaders are becoming the most despicable people there are. They are totally un-Christian and ignorant.

Does Bishop Martin Amos keep all of the divorced and remarried people out of the church? Does he keep out all those who do practice contraception?

Why then does he pick, loudly and selectively, on our gay children?
Posted by psnfld on Mon, 5/7/2012 7:15 PM
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