I just need to vent a bit today.
For those of you who have read my posts here in the past you will know that I have been having many problems at my supposedly “Catholic” High School in regards to teachers making comments and even teaching things that are contrary to the Catholic faith. I have heard teachers speak in opposition to Church teachings on abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, contraception, clerical celibacy, the male priesthood, transubstantiation, the nature of the Church, the nature of the Papacy, ect. ect. ect.
Three times in the last two years have I walked out of classes because of this. Besides that, I have seen blatant disrespect for the Blessed Sacrament which is reserved in the school chapel- while there has not been a Mass in that chapel for several years, the Blessed Sacrament is still in the tabernacle (a serious abuse in itself), while the chapel is often used for presentations, meetings, or as a storage room. When in 2005 Pope Benedict XVI was ascended to the throne of St. Peter, many teachers in my school were overtly insulting him before their classes. The school Masses (although few and far between) are so rank with liturgical abuse it is almost sickening, and neither the students nor the staff show any reverence whatsoever.
I have tried to ignore this and shrug it off as best I can. But today was the breaking point for me. In my Literature class (a subject which does not even touch on religious issues) my teacher gave her opinions on clerical celibacy, the male priesthood, the origin and nature of Scripture, the nature of the Church (I’m sure I need not go into detail on what those opinions are), and then her rendition of Church history- which included, among other things, the “suppression” of possible biblical texts that did not agree with Church doctrine, the “deification” of Christ at the Council of Nicaea, the superiority of the early medieval Celtic/Irish Catholic Church, and of course Pope Joan (who according to my teacher was “one of the best Popes in history”). She claimed that the Church was oppressing people, especially children, and fearful of new ideas. She ranted about Biblical passages that not gender-inclusive. And I could easily tell that she had convinced most of the class.
Those Sisters of St. Joseph who taught my mother in the 1950s and 60s would be spinning in their graves if they knew the state of the Catholic schools today. I am downright sick of this. If a teacher at a Catholic school has opinions that are contrary to the Catholic faith, then they should in no way voice those opinions- especially not in a class that doesn’t have anything to do with religion.
I have spoken to my spiritual director in the past about this (he is a very holy and orthodox priest), and I have decided to consult him on how I should go about writing a letter to my Bishop (I doubt it will do much, but I would feel better then if I just ignored the problem and hope it goes away- a laughable idea).
Well, that’s my rant.