Facepalm!

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.

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11 thoughts on “Facepalm!

  1. One Mad Mom, You write

    “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.”

    Honestly, wouldn’t it help the Archbishop and the Catholic cause if the other 97% or even a whopping 5% protested vociferously against this aspect of his policy? Why? There is simply no way that a teacher’s private life is not going to affect her teaching. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” My wife was a math teacher in a Catholic school for many years, and often had the opportunity to put in a good word for modesty, chastity, the faith, prayer. A math or a science teacher living a bad life would have plenty of opportunity to militate against the faith with a raised eyebrow, the slight suggestion of a smile. No, Catholic parents should loudly and implacably insist on having Catholic teachers who live Catholic lives.

    For one thing, the Archbishop’s policy as you frame it is a very large concession to spiritual forces that are inimical to the eternal happiness of our children. Secondly,fervently protesting against it would change the politics of the situation dramatically in favor of what Archbishop Cordileone must surely want.

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    1. You know, I’m not totally sure I agree with that and it’s just based on my experience. I had homosexual teachers in my Catholic High School. I didn’t know then. Only found out later when “coming out” became a thing. One of them actually upheld the teachings of the Church pretty well (shocker, I know). The other one never talked religion, politics or anything in between. We even had Buddhist teachers who never bashed the Faith. Some people are content to keep their private lives private and teach math. They simply don’t have a goal to indoctrinate other peoples’ children.

      We also have to remember that the Archbishop cares for all souls – not just those who are faithful. I have to remind myself of that one. That said, he’s making the kids a priority.

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      1. But, one mad mom , you say, “They simply don’t have a goal to indoctrinate other peoples’ children.” Yet this is exactly what we want in Catholic teachers right across the board, whether in chemistry class or college counselling or English. We want apostolic, faith filled teachers who are in Catholic schools teaching as an apostolate, with a strong desire to inculcate that faith in other people’s children, even through the way they teach math, the way they address the class,the way they comport themselves, they way they bring difficult situations to prayer with their class. Is a Buddhist going to say, “Class let’s offer a short prayer for Father Smith, whose dad died last night”

        Secondly, it is a very big mistake to think that people who belong to another kingdom are not in the service of their king, even if that service only consists in usurping the place of a faithful apostolic Catholic teacher. Morally, spiritually, they may simply be a dead zone, with no apparent effect one way or another, but they are taking up space, and their teaching, their manner, does not communicate the presence of Christ. Why in Heaven’s name would we tolerate such people in our Catholic schools? The more such people there are, the less Catholic the school is. To me this seems incontestable.

        It is not enough to have Buddhist teachers who never bash the Faith. Are they going to make the sign of the cross and the lead the class in a short prayer before class? One could reasonably say, too, that the better person they are, the more of a witness for Buddhism they are. Why would we want apostles for atheism, Buddhism or any other faith in our Catholic schools? How does it make any sense?

        In fact, one could make the case that the more winsome the non-Catholic ( and by this I mean,too, Catholics who are living evil lives) teacher is, the worse the effect of their immorality when it finally comes out. I would even say it is a stratagem of our enemy that is being played out all over the place. Mr So and So is such a great, warm-hearted person. Now he abuses his position and the trust that the Church, the school and the parents have placed in him and he “comes out.” What did we think would happen?

        We don’t have enough good Catholics to fill all our teaching positions? Surely we must! Why would we hire anyone else? “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

        Just from the standpoint of Catholic family feeling, why would we not give first preference to good Catholics?

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        1. Well, that’s a perfect world. and I’d love it, (remember, I homeschool for a reason) but it’s not California. It’s going to be a slow process to turn this ship around. We don’t even have enough orthodox priests we can import much less teachers. California is expensive. The bishops up here are working on it though. At least one has come up with a pretty creative way to import teachers and make it feasible for them to live in the land of sticker shock BUT to replace all would be a tall order. Besides that, this is their chance to hear the truth too. Before you eject, you have to teach to them too. First step to turning this thing around is to stop the 1-3% who have zero respect for the Church and seek to undermine it any chance they get.

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  2. Unfortunately there are so many things wrong with this… screed… that to do it justice would take many, many pages. That’s the problem with lies.

    Since you bring up numbers – is the SF weekly reports over 100, the “AP” reports “Hundreds” and the National Catholic “Reporter” reports over 200. What is it?

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  3. Eek, on re-reading my reply I fear it appears I’m calling your post a screed, when my intention was to reply about the article in question. Please edit it to say “The SF weekly article” instead of “This”. Or just delete it. Sorry. Keep up the good work

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  4. For decades, 24-7, modernists have used the media and schools to brainwash our children. And our bishops, corrupt themselves in many, many cases, have been glad to let it happen. Is it any wonder the Supreme Court is considering the grotesquely obscene and absurd notion of twisted, sick, sterile and spiritually damning gay “marriage”? With the grace of Our Lord and Lady we will resist. Thank you for your witness! Thank you for protecting your children!

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  5. Talking with people who are coaches or work in the development office at an Archdiocesan high school, and based on my experience 10 years ago at a high school in the Diocese of San Jose, I’d believe the number of high school teachers who dissent from the Church on life issues to be closer to 80% — only a subset who agree on an issue will bother to show up for a rally.

    Of course the number of self-identifying Catholics who dissent on e.g. birth control is probably higher than 80%.

    We have a lot of work to do.

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    1. Oh, I totally buy that. There’s a difference, however, in public dissent and private sins. We’re all sinners but there’s a difference between those who say “It’s not a sin and everyone should be joining in!” and having some sort of formed conscience to where we don’t share our most intimate sins over pizza. There is a good faction of poorly catechized that just don’t get it. I think a lot fall into that category. Sure, there are you 3% activist types but then there are those who haven’t heard anything in the homilies, get conflicting things from dissident priests, succumb to the “Everybody’s doing it so it must be OK attitude.” Yes we have to work but we can also have hope!

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