A parochial high school in Arizona forfeited a state championship game because the other team had a female on its roster.
A parochial high school in Phoenix, Ariz. forfeited a state championship baseball game rather than play against a team that had a girl playing second base.
It's unfortunate that the parochial school denied its students the opportunity to take part in the championship game, said Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel for education and employment at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C."This shows where we still are as a society in terms of gender norms, expectations and ideas of what are appropriate roles for young women," Chaudhry told me.
Our Lady of Sorrows Academy was set to face off against Mesa Prep for the championship of the Arizona Charter Athletic Association, the league for the state's parochial and charter schools. "As a Catholic school, we promote the ideal of forming and educating boys and girls separately during the adolescent years, especially in physical education," Our Lady of Sorrows said in a statement, according to Mesa news station KTVK.
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As the Arizona Republic reported, the academy is affiliated with a conservative organization of priests who disagreed with reforms in the Catholic Church and broke off to form their own group in the 1980s. The parochial academy found a perhaps unexpected defender in Mesa Prep's headmaster Robert Wagner, who told the TV station that "It takes tremendous moral courage to stand by what it is you believe, and they are doing what they think is right."