The young people behind the vicious beating of a gay couple on the streets of Philadelphia seem to be all former students of a Catholic school who had been having a get together of some sort in a restaurant prior to accosting the two men on the street. The group was identified by people using social media.
An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday.
About a dozen young adults were linked to the Sept. 11 encounter after police released surveillance video Tuesday and social media users mined online posts, including a group photo taken at a restaurant, to try to match the faces with names.
The large group included former students at Archbishop Wood, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Warminster, the archdiocese said. The part-time coach had worked at the same school but now is banned from coaching anywhere in the archdiocese, the church said.
The local Catholic hierarchy is trying distance itself from the issue.
“Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian,” Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday in a statement.
“A key part of a Catholic education is forming students to respect the dignity of every human person whether we agree with them or not,” Chaput said. “What students do with that formation when they enter the adult world determines their own maturity and dignity, or their lack of it.”
But the whole problem with the ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ policy of evangelicals and Catholics is that a lot of their followers find it hard to make that distinction. In their mind, hating the sin seems to lead logically to hating the sinner.