"For he that shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38, Douay-Rheims
The above passage came immediately to mind when I read the disgraceful news that San Domineco School in San Anselmo CA had removed almost all of its statues from view. Why? So that they could be "inclusive", of course! Inclusive of what? They are a Catholic instution, charged with the mission of promulgating the Faith and teaching it to their students! They seek to kow-tow towards the world, including all except faithful Catholics: you know, the ones who pay the tuitions.
Reading down this article, we see that this statue removal is merely their latest slap in the faces of Catholic parents. Sacramental preparation has been removed from the curriculum. The word "Catholic" was removed from the school's mission statement.
Let's look at some of the "movers and shakers" behind the obliteration of San Domenico's Catholic identity, shall we? We start with Amy Skewes-Cox, head of the Board of Trustees. A google of her name reveals that she is an "environmental and land use planner". Well, that's nice but how does that qualify her to make pronouncements about Catholic identity? Moreover, how did that qualify her to take the helm of a Catholic school's board of trustees? A search of the Federal Election Commission's database reveals that she contributed several hundred dollars to both Obama and Bernie Sanders and to an progressive political organization called America Coming Together. This organization was heavily funded by George Soros and the SEIU. This leads me to suspect that if anything, her opinion of Catholic identity may well be hostile.
Cecily Stock is the Head of the School. Why do we see a 2015 facebook picture of her in the "celebrate pride" framework? (Don't bother pulling it down for I've already downloaded it!) In the article, she states that San Domenico is both Catholic and independent. She quite plainly states that they are suppressing Catholicism to emphasize their independence. Independence from what? Catholic morality? Given her obvious sympathies for gay perversion, a reasonable person could surmise so.
Let's look at the school's website. At the home page, watch that initial slide show and you'll notice that there is not one hint of the school's Catholic background. Click on the "Our Values" link. They believe that their students are supposed to "discover our own beliefs and values" - no mention at all about learning the truths of the Catholic faith so as to aid them in saving their souls. The "our community is comprised of families of many faiths" is a sanctimoneous ode to the heresy of indifferentism. The "inclusivity and diversity" item on the left side bar leads to more of the same.
At the top stretches another sub-menu. Select "student life" at the top, then "clubs and co-curricular" on the left side. A glance at the club selection is most telling. We see a "model united nations", "social justice", "yoga". The first two are progressive pabulum; the "yoga" is nothing more than introduction to spiritual poison. Now why don't we see a "pro-life" club? How about one focusing on Catholic devotions such as the Rosary? Or were they uncerimoneously abolished?
We could go one and one, but you get the drift. The article states that the school has heard from a number of good, concerned parents and has been dismissive of their concerns. They might not be so nonchalant in the face of a massive outcry. That is where we come in. Here is the school's contact page. In addition to the mailing address and phone numbers, we see the school's various social media sites.
In addition to contacting the school itself, I'd suggest contacting the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone might be receptive to our concerns. Please ask him to have the school embrace its Catholic heritage and if they refuse, to strip the school of its right to call itself "Catholic".
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