Just wondering if bullying and bashing gays is allowed at Catholic Schools. I know it sounds like a dumb question, but a good friend of mine who attended a Catholic high school in his small town was excessively bullied to the point he made threats.
Anyway, from what he’s told me, it seems like no one really tried to help him or protect him. He is not gay, but because he’s shy and awkward and has a huge temper, people would call him these gay slurs (not sure if I can type them in the forum so I wont) and he’d cry or get angry because they were not true and it got so bad. Anyway, he said that even the priests wouldn’t help him or counsel him, and even though he is devout and hasn’t left the church, he feels that because the Church is anti-gay marriage, people see that as an excuse to be anti gay (I.e. making fun of gays, beating them up, making them feel bad).
He especially is disappointed with his parish priest, and the one closest to him. While one did offer to counsel him and he reconciled with that priest, his parish priest did nothing and is very strong in his anti gay marriage beliefs (as priests should). However he feels that his classmates hear this on sunday and thinks its okay to bully and bash gays.
Anyway, my main question is, does the church approve of gay bashing? I’ve always thought no, but in this case it seems like they punished my friend (even though it was right to do so), and yet those who pushed him this far were let off like nothing happened. Also, why does the church not make a distinction between being anti gay marriage and gay bashing where people call others bad names. It makes me wonder how many guys hear the church is against gay marriage, and then think “its okay to make fun of gays” or worse.