We All Knew it wouldn’t be too long…
An independent Catholic school in San Anselmo, California, has sparked the ire of some parents after officials removed and relocated a large number of religious statues, reportedly including those of Jesus and Mary, in order not to alienate children of other faiths.
I cannot speak for any generalization of public individuals, but this much I can say, I knew that this entire ‘hook around history’ with the old Confederate monuments being taken down, people born with certain names not being allowed to do their year in advance paid for speaking engagements, now everybody’s looking at Sara Lee’s products for a name change and/or the MacDonald’s corporation. However, again to the people with critical thinking skills; furthermore, I would suspect that a person either studying finance or those making a living in finance could have figured that this pressure would converge on Catholicism.
San Domenico School’s board of trustees, said at least 18 of the 180 religious icons still remain at the school as part of a plan approved unanimously by the board last year, the Marin Independent Journal reported. Who cares that they left 0.1% this is an embarrassment to Catholics around the world!
Supporting the notion of political correctness, Ms. Skewes-Cox said the timing of the statues’ removals and the national statue debate spurring from the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, is an unfortunate coincidence and have “absolutely no connection other than it is changing, and people have a hard time with change.”
“If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling,” she said.
Sister Maureen McInerney, the prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, said the plan is to make the K-12 school more inviting to students of all faiths.
Here is my suggestion for whatever it is worth. If people are doing this activity to religiously oriented schools – why not include the church that is perhaps the school’s number one donor? If you are going to hide the reason it is there why not take it all down including the name?
“San Domenico is a Catholic school; it also welcomes people of all faiths,” she told the Marin Independent Journal. “It is making an effort to be inclusive of all faiths.”
Another parent, Shannon Fitzpatrick, recently sent an email to school officials accusing them of trying to erase the school’s 167-year tradition of celebrating the Dominican Catholic faith.
“In our time here, the word ‘Catholic’ has been removed from the mission statement, sacraments were removed from the curriculum, the lower school curriculum was changed to world religions, the logo and colors were changed to be ‘less Catholic,’ and the uniform was changed to be less Catholic,” she wrote.
Cheryl Newell, a mother of four San Domenico graduates, told the Marin Independent Journal, “I am extremely disappointed in the school and the direction they’ve been going. This isn’t a new thing that they’ve been intentionally eroding their Catholic heritage. They’re trying to be something for everyone and they’re making no one happy.”
Two quick issues of concern. One, I believe overall that this article is loaded with anti-Catholic rhetoric. Remember, my first disclosure of political correctness is about the elitists changing the language and subsequent meaning. Admittedly, this is what is occurring.
Number two, the history of the Catholic Church is not a good history by any means. Simply predicated upon Luther’s 95 Theses, or even the Protestant Reformation the history of the Catholic church is not good. Especially regarding the oppression and enslavement of other people.
We All Knew it wouldn’t be too long…