Nun's Homosexuality Speech Sparks Student Petition

CHARLOTTE, N.C.(WCNC) -- Wednesday evening, Charlotte Catholic High School administrators met with parents and discussed a speech that had upset many students.

A visiting nun spoke to students about homosexuality on March 21. The issue has received major heat and controversy, and even national attention from Huffington Post. Now the diocese is responding to the outcry.

Charlotte Catholic students wrote a petition, which now has more than 3,000 signatures. Sister Jane Dominic Laurel from Nashville prompted it after an assembly mostly focused on homosexuality.

The petition rejects her speech's suggestions that homosexuality occurs mainly as a result of parents' shortcomings, including single and divorced parents, as well as pornography. Students say she claimed homosexuals cannot live normal, productive lives or be good parents.

School parents now say they are very upset they weren't informed and were shocked to hear about the content.

"If I had known ahead of time and either talked to her or say, 'You know, maybe today I'll pick you up early, or maybe we'll have that discussion you and I, not necessarily coming from school,'" Cindy Kellogg said.

Regarding the speech, David Hains of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte said, "I think one thing that will come out of this is there will be an understanding parents need to be notified, but how exactly is that going to take shape?"

Some parents tell NBC Charlotte that not everyone is angry, but they would like to talk about the subject with their children at home.


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