Catholic school principal apologizes for Ellen DeGeneres photo on dance invite

    The principal of a Catholic elementary school in Bucks County is apologizing to parents for using a photo of Ellen DeGeneres on an invitation to an Oscars-themed graduation dance. 

    The principal of St. Andrew Elementary School in Newtown reportedly sent an email to parents Tuesday calling use of the photo “completely wrong” because DeGeneres “lives her life outside the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

    The email doesn’t specifically mention DeGeneres’ sexual orientation but calls her a “poor role model.”

    The popular talk show host came out as gay in 1997. She hosted the Oscars this year.

    Principal Nancy Matteo has asked for the invitations to be returned so she can destroy them and distribute new ones.

    Archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin said Matteo apologized after parents questioned the photo.

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