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Posted on 04/03/2014 8:37:12 AM PDT by Morgana
Nearly 1,000 parents gathered at Charlotte Catholic High School on Wednesday night to air complaints about a recent speech to students by a nun who made what many considered inflammatory comments about gays and lesbians, divorce and single parenthood.
So many parents lined up to speak that the meeting with high school officials, the schools chaplain and the Diocese of Charlottes vicar of education lasted more than an hour longer than scheduled.
Though the gathering was closed to the media, texts and tweets from parents inside the school gym cast the meeting as often heated, with emotions running high on both sides.
Diocese spokesman David Hains acknowledged after the meeting that the Rev. Matthew Kauth, the schools chaplain, apologized to the parents for a March 21 speech by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel that was not the one he expected her to give.
Hains also said the high school committed to developing new policies that would better scrutinize visiting speakers in the future. He said the school also wants to do a better job of communicating with parents ahead of time when such speeches will deal with sensitive subjects such as sexuality.
Parents should have been better informed, Hains said.
During her speech, Laurel quoted studies that said gays and lesbians are not born with same-sex attractions, and that children in single-parent homes have a greater chance of becoming homosexual, Hains and others said.
Susan Traynor of Matthews, whose son is a sophomore, said he is usually pretty quiet when she picks him up from Charlotte Catholic High.
But on the day Laurel spoke to the assembly, she said, he spoke right up when he got in the car.
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First of all milford421 thanks for the heads up on this one...
“There are students in this school who are openly gay and some who are not out yet. Obviously, they felt bullied.”
Openly gay and at a Catholic school? Seriously? This is a Catholic school. Do this at publik Skool if you choose. Someone please make Sister Jane the new principal of this school they need good leadership.
They send their kids to Catholic school, then get upset when a nun gives a speech citing Catholic orthodoxy.
Stupid parents. God save the sane.
If parents of students at a Catholic school have a problem with Catholic teaching on divorce, gay marriage and shacking up, then they need to take their students out of the schools.
As a side issue, what this points out is that the the Catholic school system’s promotional effort to get as many kids into Catholic schools as possible as a revenue base is coming back to bite them in the arse. Unless you make crystal clear that the school is Catholic and will teach Catholic doctrine, the schools are going to get this type of protest from more secular parents who just wanted their kids in the school to get a better education.
We are involved in our local Lutheran school. There are a number of parents who object to standard teaching, and have demanded the school stop teaching religion in order to be inclusive.
So far, they have held the line. But it is only a matter of time I’m afraid. The lure of lucre is often stronger than the Word of God.
Add this to the list of mistakes. He needed to support the good sister, not throw here under the bus.
I had my eyes opened when I spoke with some of the mothers of my daughter’s friends when she was in high school 7 years ago at an all-girl Catholic HS and not a single one was opposed to abortion. I was pretty shocked.
I think this is an indication that the school was never clear in the beginning about such views. I feel for this poor nun and hope she isn’t tossed under the bus by the Nancy Pelosi type Catholics.
This isn’t only a Catholic problem. To many churches and religious schools are mute or close to silence when it comes to social issues because they want to maintain the numbers or people attending.
This gets me too.
A Catholic high school invites a nun to speak. The nun espouses traditional values of the Catholic church on issues, including hot button issues involving sexuality.
A nun speaking at a Catholic high school espousing the church doctrine is somehow controversial???
We really do live in a politically correct world don’t we??
How Catholic are these parents, if they decide they need to have a protest meeting on the subject of a nun speaking to issues of their shared faith???
Looks like only half the school lost their minds.
If this was SOP for the Left they probably bussed in a lot of these so-called “parents”
These are nancy pelosi’s kind of catholics... God’s truth is offensive to them...
This is one nun who does need a ‘bus’ to go around in and speak some truth to this flock..
Doubt she is a lobbying type wth poliical $$$ behind her like those other nuns with their secular humanist bus that were heroes to some...
Take the kids out and put them in public school.
“Before being ordered off the high school property, some Charlotte Catholic High School alumni and parents of former students passed out wristbands critical of the nuns remarks on gays and lesbians. The wristbands read We are all Gods children.
And here is what the Apostle John wrote:
“He came into his own creation, and his own people would not accept him. Yet wherever men did accept him he gave them the power to BECOME sons of God. These were the men who truly believed in him, and their birth depended not on the course of nature nor on any impulse or plan of man, but on God.”
We are not “all God’s children”. On the contrary:
“To you, who were spiritually dead all the time that you drifted along on the stream of this worlds ideas of living, and obeyed its unseen ruler (who is still operating in those who do not respond to the truth of God), to you Christ has given life! We all lived like that in the past, and followed the impulses and imaginations of our evil nature, being in fact under the wrath of God by nature, like everyone else.”
It is a shame to see a Catholic school reject orthodox teaching. The proper response to the complaints should have been:
“I tell you not to associate with any professing Christian who is known to be an impure man or a swindler, an idolater, a man with a foul tongue, a drunkard or a thief. My instruction is: Dont even eat with such a man. Those outside the church it is not my business to judge, but surely it is your business to judge those who are inside the churchGod alone can judge those who are outside. It is your plain duty to put away from yourselves that wicked person.”
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel told the truth.
Why can’t people handle that?
There are ways to present Catholic teaching on the family, and there are ways. My parents were among the first of the 1960s divorce wave.
When I went to pre-Cana counselling with my husband to be, the priest said that children of divorce were a very bad bet - did not offer guidance for the children of divorce to examine the damage done to them and watch out for the pitfalls, just said we were bad news. And yet I was determined because of my parents’ divorce NEVER to divorce, and married a Catholic man and joined the Church in large part because of its teachings on divorce. (Almost 32 years married now.)
The lay defenders of the family when I was growing up were far more hurtful than that priest was.
If the school has any integrity at all, they’ll expel every student who has an objection.
The words of Jesus being spoken to children in a Catholic school?
I'm outraged. /s