They requested use of their parish gym. Religious/non profit groups do not have to pay to use the parish facilities. This church informed the Catholic homeschoolers they would have to pay to use facilities. When they replied that they were a loose knit Catholic group, this was the reply:
Fr. contacted me and asked me to meet with him to discuss some issues related to the homeschool group's request to be sponsored by the church. I told him that I could not speak for the group but would be willing to contact you all to discuss any issues.
Our request was discussed at the staff meeting and several questions were raised which Father would like us to answer so that he "can present [our] case." I have listed the questions below.
The Questions (without editorial comment on my part):
1. What do you propose to do for the parish?
2. Who will finance you?
3. Who is in charge (person, committee)?
4. Who do you represent?
5. What are the requirements to belong to the group?
6. What do you expect from the parish?
7. Every parish sponsored organization accepts the authority of the bishop and his appointed pastor. Is that acceptable for the group?
This seems subtle persecution to me, but I'm a veteran of the ongoing wars in my diocese here between the bishop and his liberal clique and the orthodox laypeople.