Give this a read: http://www.donotlink.com/g886
A Step in the Right Direction: Away From Archbishop Cordileone
For some reason, this title just seems proper and fitting. Why would I think this of something that’s seemingly so obnoxious? I think this because teachers in Catholic schools who disagree with the Catholic Church and publicly dissent should definitely move far, far away from Archbishop Cordileone! Of course, I’d prefer that they follow the teachings of the Church and follow their bishop, but in the event they don’t feel it can be done, option B is only logical and intellectually honest.
So, here we have Kassandra Ferrante, a Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep alumna:
Abi Basch, a former teacher at my alma mater, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, announced her resignation. For more detailed information on the cause, read this article.
I’ve already linked to Ms. Basch’s letter (https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/magic-queer-powers/ ) so I’m not going to plug New Ways Ministry’s take on it.
I never had the chance to be a student of Ms. Basch’s, but she accompanied me on my school trip to Washington D.C. my senior year. Although we didn’t create a significant bond over those 6 days, I could tell she was an intelligent, strong, and passionate leader. Her choice to resign in the face of discrimination in our community is commendable. Yes, I went to a Catholic high school. But what made my high school so great, was how inclusive it was. The student body was so diverse; students of different races and sexualities. And so was our faculty. Archbishop Cordileone has been the center of much controversy over his proposal that teachers working for the archdiocese would be referred to as “ministers” and held to strict standards in their personal lives that would abide my the church’s rules. Ms. Basch, among others won’t stand for that.
OK, aside from the atrocious grammar (again, mine is hardly stellar), there are so many reasons to point out that Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep is lacking in many ways.
First of all, inclusivity is not a mark of the One True Faith. It is open to all and all are welcome. We are welcome to embrace the Faith, and we are welcome to reject it. If you choose to reject it, the Church will still love you as a unique creation of the Father. All of this said, people are not welcome to try to change the Faith (it can’t be done anyway) or to rail against it while claiming to embrace it. Nor are we to welcome sin. In fact, we reject sin (in principle, even if we’re stupid enough not to master that rejection in practice).
Also note that Ms. Ferrante doesn’t actually mention her love of the Catholic Church. She expresses a clear lack of belief in it. She does have a love of the false narrative created by liberal Catholics. You know – the one that says inclusivity, diversity, and all that rot matters more than the Faith.
This is all Ms. Ferrante seems to have gotten out of her time at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. Sadly, she isn’t the exception to the rule. She is the rule. Now there’s a rule that can be changed! It would be stellar if the high school graduates of a Catholic school actually knew the Faith! Might be a clue as to why Archbishop Cordileone is fighting tooth and nail to make these schools Catholic. They should be producing a life-long love of the Catholic Faith!
I am proud to see people in my high school community making a stand against such absurdities. Discrimination and exclusivity doesn’t belong in the hallways of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep or any other Catholic high in San Francisco and beyond. We accept and love all. Best of luck to Ms. Basch on her future endeavors.
Kassandra Ferrante // Class of 2013
And here is one more smoking gun (there are way too many of those!) of the lack of Catholicity of these schools as they stand. When your alumnus thinks following the teachings of the Church is an absurdity, you know everything the Archbishop has been saying is totally and utterly true. In the early debate, we heard “I don’t know why the Archbishop needs to further define something that’s already in the handbook!” and now “The teachings are an absurdity!” The actual teachings of the Church are an afterthought, but Archbishop Cordileone is here to make sure that changes.
To the teachers in the diocesan schools who feel their schools actually do a good job of teaching authentic Catholic teachings, I say “Wake up!” The majority of your students are turning out just like Ms. Ferrante. To those who would say “This is happening due to the societal influence, not us!”, why is it that independent Catholic High Schools have a much better track record of keeping kids Catholic? Could it be it’s because they extol the virtues and foster love of the Faith?
One last thing – Let’s talk discrimination and exclusivity, can we? Ms. Ferrante is quite free to be proud of the people in her high school dissenting against Archbishop Cordileone and the Church, but this doesn’t make her close to right. In fact, she’s totally and utterly wrong. Why? Christ himself was exclusive and definitely discriminatory of sin. The problem is, as a reader recently pointed out, people now think they are their sin. They can’t say, “I am a child of God and I have sinned.” They are simply become their sin, so we (including the Church) must accept that sin or we reject them. Please show me where Christ accepted sin. It’s like Christ never uttered the words, “Your sins are forgiven,” or more importantly, “Go and sin no more!”