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Catholic principal regrets using DeGeneres photo on dance invitation

6/17/2014
Catholic principal regrets using DeGeneres photo on dance invitation © AP / Ellen DeGeneres Catholic principal regrets using DeGeneres photo on dance invitation

NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The principal of a Catholic elementary school in suburban Philadelphia is apologizing to parents for using a photo of Ellen DeGeneres on an invitation to an Oscars-themed graduation dance.

Philly.com reports that St. Andrew Elementary School principal Nancy Matteo 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.

The Bucks County principal asks for the invitations to be returned so she can destroy them and distribute new ones.

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

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