More un-Catholic comments at my "Catholic" High School


#1

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.


#2

Pray for them and do your best to patiently bear the insults and blasphemies they heep on Our Lord’s Mystical Body. Look to His example and to how He bore them. Offer Him consolations and prayers of reparation whenever you can. May the Holy Spirit guide your pen when you right the letter. Remember the spirit of chairy and humility when writing it!


#3

Caesar,
This breaks my heart. I strongly encourage you to write your Bishop. I know how hopeless it sometimes seems but I can testify to the power of persitence and prayer. A small but dedicated “gang” in my neck of the woods has been writing letters to our Bishop for years and the fruits are beginning to fall all over the city! Don’t give up!


#4

[quote=blessedtoo]Caesar,
This breaks my heart. I strongly encourage you to write your Bishop. I know how hopeless it sometimes seems but I can testify to the power of persitence and prayer. A small but dedicated “gang” in my neck of the woods has been writing letters to our Bishop for years and the fruits are beginning to fall all over the city! Don’t give up!
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Thank you, I am currently writing the first draft of the letter and I am sincerely trying not to rant :wink:


#5

remember, each blow you take unites you with Our Lord in His Suffering…and you are in my prayers.


#6

If things are as bad as you report and you feel compelled to contact your bishop, I would encourage you to avoid ranting at all costs and rather set about making a record of the specific statements, speakers, dates, topics (as well as noting other witnesses) that you observe directly. Avoid rumors, hearsay and gossip. "Just the facts, ma’m as they used to say.


#7

Ceasar,

I know you have been having problems with this school. I have followed your posts, not only that but you don’t have much support in your parents with these problems either. I also remember from a different thread that you have at least one more semester or is it a year at this school?

Is there any way at all you can head to the Seminary you have looked into sooner? I know you are in contact with them - the Society of Christ the King? Is that right?

At any rate, my prayers are that this suffering for Christ will be good for you in the end and that your letter of concern will be taken seriously (if you want a critique of the letter before you send it to your Bishop feel free to PM me with it.)

Brenda V.


#8

Praying for you and the school. Good luck with the lettter, and let us know if you get any responses.


#9

Assuming you have approached your principal with no results…

How about showing up at school board meetings, parish council meetings, parish events, etc. Polite honest eyewitness feedback would be invaluable.

We (general parishioners and parents) spend a fortune on these schools and its not because we don’t care. But we can’t fix problems we don’t know about.

Unfortunately, it seems to take financial motivators to get things done. But if patrons and parents aren’t happy, and the money is threatened… then you might get some change.


#10

I am finishing grade 12 this June, but I will be going back for another semester in September to take extra courses (thats normal for about 60% of students here, esp. those going to university). I am hoping to enter seminary in September 2008, but although I am primarily looking into the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest I am also being pulled in several differant directions (my spiritual director says that there is nothing wrong with entering a Diocesan seminary, so long as it is orthodox- which my Diocese unfortunately).

I am writing my letter, which I will probably post here for comments, but my SD wants to read it over first.

Assuming you have approached your principal with no results…

How about showing up at school board meetings, parish council meetings, parish events, etc. Polite honest eyewitness feedback would be invaluable.

We (general parishioners and parents) spend a fortune on these schools and its not because we don’t care. But we can’t fix problems we don’t know about.

Unfortunately, it seems to take financial motivators to get things done. But if patrons and parents aren’t happy, and the money is threatened… then you might get some change.

Here in Canada the Catholic schools are funded by the State and the Church has little influence over them. The government-approve curriculum has watered-down and oversimplified the Catholic faith.

Just to illustrate how far government intervention into the Catholic schools has gone, here is a case out of a high school in Toronto- a few years ago a gay student wished to bring his boyfriend to prom. The Church said no, the school said no, the government said yes. The courts ruled that as a public institution, the Catholic schools were subject to government, not Church, authority. The student was allowed to bring his boyfriend to prom and the Church was charged under anti-hate laws.


#11

Well then its not a catholic school, is it.

Perhaps your parish should start one.:slight_smile:


#12

I will get the Priestly group right one of these days :stuck_out_tongue: . Instittue of Christ the King Sovereign Priest! You will just have to keep reminding me.
Diocesan is good too, maybe in your own Diocese you can convince your Bishop to send you to an orthodox Seminary and you will bring orthodoxy back.

As is right, he should see it before you send it :).


#13

No, it is just Catholic in name.

But there are no parochial schools here in Canada, or at least not in my province where the “Catholic” schools are fully funded by the State. As for my parish starting one, such a thought is almost laughable considering the fact that, Cathedral or not, it is bankrupt.


#14

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