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Charlotte diocese backs nun who gave school talk promoting Church teaching on homosexuality
LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen

Posted on 04/07/2014 8:02:36 PM PDT by Morgana

CHARLOTTE, NC, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The bishop of Charlotte is backing a Dominican nun who has been at the center of a fiery controversy since last month when she gave a speech promoting Catholic teaching on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School.

After a public meeting with diocesan and school officials turned ugly, with parents and students alike shouting at administrators over what they perceived as “hateful” remarks criticizing homosexual behavior, divorce and extra-marital sex, a spokesman for the diocese told LifeSiteNews that the nun in question, Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, did nothing wrong and will be welcome to speak on the issue again if she chooses. Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel

“Nothing in Sister’s talk opposed Church teaching,” Diocese of Charlotte Communications Director David Hains told LifeSiteNews in an email. “Sister would be welcomed to speak in the diocese in the future.”

Hains said Bishop Peter Jugis is expected to make further public comment on the situation soon.

Sr. Laurel’s critics have complained about a section of her talk in which she discussed scientific findings related to the causes of homosexuality. According to the Charlotte Observer, she was accused of using “suspect anecdotes, antiquated data and broad generalizations to demonize gays and lesbians as well as divorced and single parents.”

But one Catholic scientist says he recently heard the sister give the exact same speech she delivered to the students, and in his opinion, there is nothing in it to which a practicing Catholic could possibly object.

“I was in attendance at the same presentation when given on Long Island, NY a few months ago,” Dr. Gerard Nadal told LifeSiteNews. “In that meeting, Sister Jane gave medical and scientific data that came from reputable sources and were presented as examples of the consequences for human behavior that contravenes the moral magisterium of the Church. As a Ph.D. in medical science, and as a Catholic schooled extensively in my faith, I saw no contradictions, but rather a seamless presentation.”

Still, in light of all the controversy, Aquinas College announced in a press release Friday that Sr. Laurel has asked to take a sabbatical from her teaching and speaking duties for an indefinite amount of time.

After the sister’s speech at a school assembly last month, students at the school launched an internet petition drive demanding an apology from everyone involved with arranging the speech, which quickly garnered thousands of signatures. Some parents also initiated a letter-writing campaign to the school’s chaplain, the bishop and even the Vatican, to complain.

Last week, school and diocesan officials held a public meeting to address the issue. The meeting attracted nearly 1,000 people, most of them offended by the nun’s remarks.

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The Diocese of Charlotte’s newspaper, the Catholic News-Herald, reported that the meeting was acrimonious, with those who dared to speak out in support of Sr. Laurel or the Church being shouted down by an angry mob. The paper’s sources called the atmosphere “disrespectful” and “hate-filled.”

“Where was the trust? Where was the communication?” one parent said to school chaplain Fr. Matthew Kauth, who arranged to bring Sr. Laurel to the school. “It is trust. It is respect. It is confidence. I have lost confidence. I do not trust your judgment and I do not respect you.”

Another said, “You have divided parents, you have divided students, and we’ve lost respect for you."

“You don’t know best for our children,” said another. “What are you planning on doing for the healing? We want our children to remain Catholic, but we are being pushed away by the climate of what is going on here.”

The Catholic News-Herald reported that the angry remarks were met with thunderous applause.

Fr. Kauth said he brought Sr. Laurel to the school because he felt students at Charlotte Catholic had been poorly catechized and were suffering from spiritual darkness, particularly around the issue of sexuality.

“When I came here, I experienced to an increasing degree the suffering that comes to our children and the blackness they feel inside,” Kauth told the meeting. “They are taught by nearly every form of media that Christ’s teachings in His Church are restrictive bars, medieval torture chambers to keep them from happiness. When they have ‘broken free’ I get to see their agony.”

“I desire with a father’s heart to protect them [from] harm and the false notions of freedom to be able to live in the true freedom which chastity brings - free to love as we were made to love. This is where Sister comes in,” Fr. Kauth explained. “I heard Sister speak in the fall at St Patrick’s. While I had given so many talks on this topic in so many different ways I found her approach just different enough - a new voice and the added perspective coming from a woman. I decided to bring her here.”

“Sister and I are both quite aware of the biblical admonition from our Lord about what happens if one leads a little one astray and I am not fond of the mixture of millstone and water,” Kauth said. “The intent is and has only been to shine so as to set them free. However to hide Christ’s saving teaching is also a means to lead them astray by allowing them to be led away by another- and as you know as parents, there are many who would take your children where you do not want them to go.”

“Christ is light and in Him there is no darkness. His light sets us free to love as we were made to love-in the full dignity and beauty of the sons and daughters of God. His light also exposes and that can be painful. But that same light radiates the beauty of what we were made to be and can be if we would but receive it and assist each other in love to receive it. That is why it is Good News.”

“Darkness has fallen upon us with all of the attendant confusion which it brings,” Kauth continued. “Our Lord can speak to this darkness just as He did in the beginning and say, let there be light.”

To read Fr. Kauth’s full statement regarding Sr. Laurel’s presentation click here.

Contact:

Diocese of Charlotte Phone: (704) 370-6299 chancery@charlottediocese.org


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: catholic; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; sisterjane

1 posted on 04/07/2014 8:02:36 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Thank You God


2 posted on 04/07/2014 8:06:01 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Morgana
What type of idiotic parents want to send their children to a Catholic school and then insist that certain Catholic doctrines (which most practicing Christians, including this one, share) not be taught?
3 posted on 04/07/2014 8:07:49 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

Can’t you just hear these girls saying “Don’t judge me....” blah blah blah


4 posted on 04/07/2014 8:12:06 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Morgana

I am not Catholic, but I am sure proud of this wonderful nun!


5 posted on 04/07/2014 8:24:14 PM PDT by longhorn too
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To: Morgana
"there is nothing in it to which a practicing Catholic could possibly object."

This is the unspoken heart of the issue, and no one wants to address it. The parents deeply hurt and offended by this teaching aren't really Roman Catholics; they just want to escape the hellholes of public education on the cheap. The Diocese wants their money.

The conflict is easy to resolve: these parents need to be told to suck it up -- and they will -- because there is no way they're going to allow their precious little darlings to be dumped in the dangerous, crime ridden, and underperforming alternatives. AND THEY KNOW IT.

The Diocese should call their bluff.

6 posted on 04/07/2014 8:24:14 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Morgana

Wow! Good for them! A lot of people want to send their kids to a Catholic school so they can get a strong education, but have no desire to submit to the teachings of Christianity. For some inexplicable reason, they then expect the school to renounce and/or repress those teachings.


7 posted on 04/07/2014 8:26:25 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: Morgana
The school should expel all of the kids whose parents signed the petition.

These people belong in a public school, where the homosexual marxist agenda is preached daily.

8 posted on 04/07/2014 8:31:11 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Vigilanteman

Cynical Catholics?


9 posted on 04/07/2014 8:31:19 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Morgana

Good if the diocese is backtracking. Utterly shameful of the bishop to have thrown this courageous Sister under the bus in the first place. Will Catholic doctrine now be determined by mob rule?


10 posted on 04/07/2014 8:31:40 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Morgana

It would seem that Sister Jane performed a very necessary service for those students and their parents. They were forced to confront their own wrong beliefs. The benefits of her talk will be felt by many perhaps not now but in the future as these people are forced to reflect.


11 posted on 04/07/2014 8:43:46 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Rome2000
These people belong in a public school, where the homosexual marxist agenda is preached daily.

Exactly, they are not catholic school material by their own admission. They should be invited to pursue their education in a more appropriate setting.

12 posted on 04/07/2014 8:50:30 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Is Obama being blackmailed?)
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To: FredZarguna

“Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!”

What does this mean in English, please?


13 posted on 04/07/2014 9:01:52 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: flaglady47

‘It is not only not right, it is not even wrong’


14 posted on 04/07/2014 9:03:05 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: flaglady47

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_even_wrong


15 posted on 04/07/2014 9:04:50 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: Morgana

Why is it when you disagree with a lefty you are “Hating” on them and when they disagree with you it is their absolute right to call you all the unreasonable names under the sun and then act like they are righteous and reasonable? This is where I fight them if I can by asking them “What is hateful about what I am saying?” - to do this you have to always speak with respect while they act like pigs - then you get to quote their words back to them - might not make too many think any deeper but it drives them nuts!


16 posted on 04/07/2014 9:05:09 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Morgana

The homo-nazis will not be happy.

Pray America wakes up


17 posted on 04/07/2014 9:05:10 PM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 order here: http://braylog.com/id47.html)
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To: Unam Sanctam

I had thought that it was the school rather than the diocese that had done the under-the-bus-throwing, but I will admit that I haven’t read about this every day.


18 posted on 04/07/2014 9:06:09 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: oldbrowser
After the sister’s speech at a school assembly last month, students at the school launched an internet petition drive demanding an apology from everyone involved with arranging the speech, which quickly garnered thousands of signatures. Some parents also initiated a letter-writing campaign to the school’s chaplain, the bishop and even the Vatican, to complain.

The audacity of these cretins is unbelievable.

These people have no concept of what it means to be Catholic

Anybody who tried that in my kids school would be gone no questions asked.

19 posted on 04/07/2014 9:07:29 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Rome2000
Anybody who tried that in my kids school would be gone no questions asked.

Most catholic schools have a waiting list of students who want a better education.

I hope the school stands firm and weeds out some of these people. Sort of a reverse boycott

I'm sure there will be investigations for discrimination.

20 posted on 04/07/2014 9:17:14 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Is Obama being blackmailed?)
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To: Morgana

As they should.


21 posted on 04/07/2014 9:19:08 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: FredZarguna

You are correct......call their bluff and refer them to a non judgemental, all cultures are equal, gov’t school.


22 posted on 04/07/2014 9:29:06 PM PDT by Enten (I don't have islamophobia...I do have islamonausea)
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To: Morgana

Parents should only want the Truth presented to their children. The vile behavior of homosexuality is dehumanizing and a behavior acquired by severe warping in early childhood from child abuse.

Any person that allows their children to “assume” that sodomy is “Good” are sick and throw out Reason and Logic and Natural Law Theory. Both the Catholic Canon and the US Constitution are based on Natural Laws and truth.


23 posted on 04/07/2014 9:29:33 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: Morgana

Finally, some clergy speak up to support her. This Servant of God should not be left to face these agnostic drones alone.


24 posted on 04/07/2014 9:32:44 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Morgana

What! A bishop and a nun who are actually Roman Catholic? The PC police will never tolerate that.


25 posted on 04/07/2014 9:35:13 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Morgana

Once hate the sin without hating the sinner. These homosexual agenda types are dimwits.


26 posted on 04/07/2014 9:38:38 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

One can hate the sin without hating the sinner. These homosexual agenda types are dimwits.


27 posted on 04/07/2014 9:39:26 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Rome2000

These people have no concept of what it is to believe in God’s word and blueprint for mankind.


28 posted on 04/07/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: flaglady47
It is a famous line used by Wolfgang Pauli. Literally in English "That is not only not correct, it is not even wrong." He used it to describe things which were so thoroughly mistaken, so completely nonsensical that they could not even be falsified -- they were even beneath being wrong.
29 posted on 04/07/2014 9:51:17 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Morgana

This is good to read. We all said Sister Jane was right in the beginning.

God bless her continually.


30 posted on 04/07/2014 10:23:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

“God bless her continually.”

Amen.


31 posted on 04/07/2014 10:58:25 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: savagesusie

In fact, they know nothing much about homosexual sex and its effects. They have bought hook line and sinker that the behavior is inborn, that opposition to it is like racism or sexism, just a matter of prejudice. But the big lie is that their practices had nothing to do with the AIDS epidemic. This even though WHO tells us still that most new cases and among homosexual males, intravenous drug users, and women who have been infected by their polygamous husbands.


32 posted on 04/07/2014 11:32:49 PM PDT by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Morgana

“You don’t know best for our children,” said another. “What are you planning on doing for the healing? We want our children to remain Catholic, but we are being pushed away by the climate of what is going on here.”


What the what is going on here?

This is a Faith school. Something is not right with all the angry parents/students.

This has got to be one of the most bizarre stories of the year.


33 posted on 04/08/2014 1:12:07 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: FredZarguna

I wish that were the case. Sadly, I’d bet the vast majority of them are “practicing Catholics” - that is, they go to mass fairly regularly, etc.

But they are of a generation of Catholics so poorly catechized that they have no idea of the teachings of the Church and they think of it is a sort of feel-good thing that exists just to confirm them in feeling comfortable with themselves.

This priest and the bishop - and the sister, of course - are very courageous and it sounds to me that they’re not backing down for the money, as you put it. It’s just that there’s a huge backlog of poorly instructed, media-driven Vatican II Catholics out there, and they feel very empowered now that they have learned the left-wing tactics of mob action.


34 posted on 04/08/2014 2:36:50 AM PDT by livius
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To: Unam Sanctam
Actually, the Bishop isn't the one who threw the Sister under the bus, the school in Charlotte and, as I understand it, those in the chain of command the Nun reports to in TN as well if it's true they'll no longer be letting here speak at "Catholic" schools.

Now Bishop Jugis has stated his position and we'll see how things go from here.

35 posted on 04/08/2014 4:24:26 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rashputin
If you read the comments (at the source) of the story posted yesterday on the statement from Aquinas College, they quote the president of the college as saying there are fears for Sister Jane's personal safety. (That appears to be at least part of the reason for her sabbatical.)

I think Aquinas is trying to protect her, not "throwing her under the bus".

36 posted on 04/08/2014 4:56:02 AM PDT by Campion
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To: Campion
I read the statement.

Personally, I don't think the "fear for her safety" holds water.

37 posted on 04/08/2014 5:04:37 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Morgana

How many of those objecting were actually parents and how many were outside agitators?


38 posted on 04/08/2014 5:22:36 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Campion
Then again, you could be right and she needs protection :

We believe it is our privilege to bring the best aspects of our faith tradition to bear on the moral and cultural questions of the present age. In her presentation, Sister Jane Dominic spoke clearly on matters of faith and morals. Her deviation into realms of sociology and anthropology was beyond the scope of her expertise.

Heavily armed, bloodthirsty, Academic Credentials SWAT teams may be hunting for her as we speak.

39 posted on 04/08/2014 5:33:19 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: FredZarguna

The diocese should threaten to close the school unless students and parents sign an agreement that they will abide by the teachings of the church.

I read several years ago that an independent Catholic school in NYC would not accept students whose parents were divorced and would expel students whose parents divorced while their children attended the school.


40 posted on 04/08/2014 5:58:25 AM PDT by goldi
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To: Rome2000
Those parents should be given some one on one time with the school to clarify and then be given the choice to stay with Catholic Biblical teaching and understanding or be shown the worldly door.

There's no Biblically sanctioned lukewarm middle ground, no matter what the Nancy Pelosis of the world might believe and want everyone to live by.

41 posted on 04/08/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: livius
North Carolina is not exactly a bastion of Catholic Faith.

This area is mostly Protestant.

This is a young Diocese with Catholics making up about 3% of the population.

I'd bet the vast majority of the complainers aren't Catholic at all, but Protestants trying to force the Church to buy into their menagerie of viewpoints on this issue.

42 posted on 04/08/2014 9:38:35 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Rome2000
"I'd bet the vast majority of the complainers aren't Catholic at all . . ."

You make a good point. I'd be very surprised if even the majority of the teachers were Catholic much less the students. Jugis is a solid Bishop who seems like he's nobody's fool. I figure he'll blindside the smug "Professional Catholics" at some point.

I suspect there will be a consolidation of the schools in Charlotte with a commensurate reduction in the number of teachers and administrators.

43 posted on 04/08/2014 12:35:26 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rome2000; Rashputin

I live in the South too, in an area where there weren’t very many Catholics during the late 19th and most of the 20th century, until the influx from the Northeast and the (less than orthodox) Midwest.There was a lot of intermarriage but of course, in earlier decades, Protestants had to promise to bring up the children as Catholic. And Catholic teaching was orthodox.

Unfortunately, as the Church stopped insisting on this doctrine and permitted mixed marriages without any requirement to bring up the children as Catholic, you had a lot of people who either wandered off to the Baptists because it was easier in their environment, or simply developed a kind of hybrid allegiance. And of course you had the people who Vatican II drove away, many of whom became Evangelicals.

So I don’t think there is any malice aforethought in the Protestant parents participating, and I don’t think they were necessarily the source of the problems. I read that there was some sort of gay advocacy group in Charlotte that seems to have spearheaded all of this with the assistance of a couple of parents and students and a lot of agitators. I don’t think the meeting was very well-controlled and I’m not sure that they checked to see who was entering.


44 posted on 04/08/2014 1:48:04 PM PDT by livius
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45 posted on 04/08/2014 2:02:54 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: Morgana

Thank goodness.


46 posted on 04/08/2014 2:04:00 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Morgana
". . . We want our children to remain Catholic, but we are being pushed away by the climate of what is going on here.”

You are being pushed away by Satan. Maybe you should turn off the TV and pick up a Catechism. The Magisterium of the Catholic Church may be more complicated than "if it feels good, do it," but in the long run it makes more sense.

47 posted on 04/08/2014 2:17:27 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: FredZarguna

Exactly. And I think they are calling their bluff. Pray they have the courage to see it through.

Apparently Sister’s sabbatical was voluntary. I personally think she’s shocked she would receive such a backlash after speaking at a Catholic school. She probably needs a break and she deserves it IMO especially since she’s given the same talk across the country. Pray for her too.


48 posted on 04/09/2014 7:02:50 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Vigilanteman

I am wondering if they are parents or outside agitators.
You see unless 125% of the parents of all twelve grades attended the meeting, it means that not all those ‘2000 parents” actually were parents of students.


49 posted on 04/10/2014 2:30:21 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: LadyDoc
Excellent point and would make perfect sense because once the Libtards succeed in spoiling the local public schools, the remaining functioning private schools become the next likely target.
50 posted on 04/10/2014 7:19:54 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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