Every once in a while you read something and you just can’t help but laugh at the lunacy (although “once in a while” is probably pretty darn generous when it concerns SF Weekly). Here’s the article. Read it and then come back. http://m.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2015/04/27/i-want-education-not-indoctrination-catholic-teachers-and-students-protest-archdiocese
Back? Alrighty! (Did you know that’s not a word? It should be.) Now that you’ve read it, first -how about the title? “’I want education, not indoctrination’: Catholic Teachers and Students Protest Archdiocese.“ A graduating senior made that comment. Hellloooo??? Kind of ironic don’t you think? I guess indoctrination is fine as long as it comes from someone who’s leading a life contrary to the Faith? Do you think he realizes that the main point of a Catholic school’s existence is to teach children Catholic Doctrine? Do you think he knows Canon Law exists? To be fair, I probably didn’t at that age, but I went to 12 years of Catholic school so… I’m going to geek out on Canon Law again here:
Can. 803 §1. A Catholic school is understood as one which a competent ecclesiastical authority or a public ecclesiastical juridic person directs or which ecclesiastical authority recognizes as such through a written document.
- 2. THE INSTRUCTION AND EDUCATION IN A CATHOLIC SCHOOL MUST BE GROUNDED IN THE PRINCIPLES OF CATHOLIC DOCTRINE; TEACHERS ARE TO BE OUTSTANDING IN CORRECT DOCTRINE AND INTEGRITY IN LIFE. (emphasis all mine)
- 3. Even if it is in fact Catholic, no school is to bear the name Catholic school without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority.
Can. 804 §1. The Catholic religious instruction and education which are imparted in any schools whatsoever or are provided through the various instruments of social communication are subject to the authority of the Church. It is for the conference of bishops to issue general norms about this field of action and for the diocesan bishop to regulate and watch over it.
- 2. THE LOCAL ORDINARY IS TO BE CONCERNED THAT THOSE WHO ARE DESIGNATED TEACHERS OF RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION IN SCHOOLS, EVEN IN NON-CATHOLIC ONES, ARE OUTSTANDING IN CORRECT DOCTRINE, THE WITNESS OF A CHRISTIAN LIFE, AND TEACHING SKILL (again, emphasis all mine)
Can. 805 For his own diocese, the local ordinary has the right to appoint or approve teachers of religion and even to remove them or demand that they be removed if a reason of religion or morals requires it.
Can. 806 §1. The diocesan bishop has the right to watch over and visit the Catholic schools in his territory, even those which members of religious institutes have founded or direct. He also issues prescripts which pertain to the general regulation of Catholic schools; these prescripts are valid also for schools which these religious direct, without prejudice, however, to their autonomy regarding the internal direction of their schools.
- 2. Directors of Catholic schools are to take care under the watchfulness of the local ordinary that the instruction which is given in them is at least as academically distinguished as that in the other schools of the area.
So, my young graduate-to-be, the Catholic school to which your parents chose to send you is actually supposed to impart doctrine to you, but you have apparently been indoctrinated in ANTI-Catholicism. Just so you understand, the Archbishop is actually bound, legally (by the laws of the Catholic Church) to make sure sound doctrine is imparted to you. He actually doesn’t have a choice to turn a blind eye to it. (I’m kind of wishing his predecessors had noticed this so we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in.)
The second important thing to notice in this article is that 100-ish teachers – heck, let’s be generous and say 200-ish – parents, union peeps, and parents showed up at this rally. (In fact, the largest rally/vigil I saw yet seemed to be about 200 people TOTAL.) Let’s do a little math here, and not that insane Common Core stuff. Based on the number of teachers listed in previous articles for the four high schools (315 teachers) who are involved in the new and improved morality clauses in their contracts, and the student enrollment listed on Wikipedia for the same four schools, that’s just over 4,000 people. That doesn’t include the parents of said students. Let’s be super conservative and say that they are all one-parent families and some of the students may actually share the same parent (and remember, a lot will be two parent families – or at least I would hope so.) Given that, there should be at least 7,000 people involved, right? So, out of these 7,000 people who should be super concerned with the morality clause, about 200 showed up??? That’s less than 3% of all the people (my husband did that math for me) who supposedly lie awake at night over the “morality clause” (what most of us call THE FAITH)! What does that tell you? Why are we worried again?!? Heck, that number doesn’t even equal the number of teachers in the four schools. The press would have you believe that ALL of the teachers at ALL FOUR SCHOOLS are contradicting the teachings of the Catholic Church and are worried about their jobs. I don’t think so. The rally was comprised of students, concerned parents, AND OTHER UNION WORKERS. That means there weren’t even close to 200 teachers at this rally. (If you were following along, there likely weren’t even 200 people at the rally.) Why are we falling for this? Is it because “100 Prominent Catholics” with a liberal agenda say that there are tons of people concerned? What Archbishop Cordileone is proposing is pretty much a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. You exemplify the Catholic Faith in your public life (or at least don’t stand against it publicly) and you are fine. Once your private life enters into your public life (because you want to advance you or your agenda), there is trouble if it’s contrary to the Faith. If you feel the need to make your private life public, that’s your choice. Choices have consequences. I’m sure there are many other schools that would loooooovvvveee to hire you. The Archbishop canonically, however, cannot have the Faith undermined at his schools by the teachers. (See above.)
Now, I know people think it would be so easy for the Archbishop to say “You’re fired”!, but I’ve met him and talked to him, and he is a really loving guy. He doesn’t just love the people who agree with him either. Firing someone would be painful for him. He loves all in his care. He doesn’t want to make anyone’s life hard and he wants to fire people in this day and age even less, but the Faith comes before all else or all else is lost anyway. They just need to work with him. If they’re going to push an agenda, there’s not much else he can do.
One last thing that our young, graduating student doesn’t seem to understand is hate speech. This kid wouldn’t know hate speech if it bit him in the behind. He regurgitated the liberal indoctrination very well. I’m sure some teacher out there is proud. I’m just wondering if he actually knows the Church’s true teachings on abortion, homosexuality, marriage, etc.? Wouldn’t that be nice? Yeah, yeah. I’m a dreamer, I know.
There’s a reason I homeschool, people. (Remember? 12 years of Catholic education.) I’m hoping (send up some prayers) the Archbishop can bring his teachers around to understanding and that these students will finally get a quality, Catholic education so they may finally know the beauty and fullness of the Faith. I know that’s probably his constant prayer.