Friday, March 20, 2015

When Catholics aren't being Catholic

This story on LifeSiteNews is another in a long list of stories that show a disturbing trend: the caving in of Catholics to political correctness. In this case, the politically correct agenda advanced by the LGBT community.

Controversy struck when Patricia Jannuzzi, a theology teacher at Immaculata High School in Sommerville, New Jersey, said that she opposed the legal arguments homosexual activists used to persuade the Supreme Court to redefine marriage.

Her post offended a former student whose aunt just happened to be Susan Sarandon (the actress who said God is a she) who tweeted about how proud she was of her nephew. The topic went viral and has resulted in Jannuzzi's termination of employment.
Last Friday, the school announced that Jannuzzi "has been put on administrative leave, effective immediately." The letter, signed by church pastor Monsignor Seamus Brennan and principal Jean Kline, professed its "intolerance of discriminatory behaviors of any kind."
 "Please be assured that we will do everything we can in this trying time to make clear that the philosophy of Immaculata High School is one of inclusion rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ," they wrote.

So a Catholic teacher at a Catholic school is not allowed to express authentic Catholic teaching.

Whenever I hear of cases like this, I am convinced that the real issue behind the public story is one of money. The administration of the Catholic schools are afraid of losing their position vis a vis the Department of Internal Revenue. Their funding might dry up, as they would be refused tax subsidies; they would lose their tax exemptions that probably amount to quite a bit. So they conform to what is politically correct; in this case, it is being "inclusive" and "tolerant" when it comes to homosexuality.

Just here in my town, I am sure that if the Church lost its charitable tax status, it would then have to pay property taxes and they would be bankrupt. This probably holds true for the education system. Without tax exempt status and without federal monies, the Catholic school boards would go belly up in short order.

Georges Buscemi of Quebec's Campaign Life Coalition said in a speech he gave in Halifax a few years ago, that churches should get used to the idea of losing their tax status. They must learn to survive without it. His reasoning is that the clergy are not free to truly preach Christian truths if they are being surveilled by the state. You can't bite the hand that feeds you. And sooner or later, if a church is to remain Christian, it must bite the hand that is feeding it, if that hand is any other than God.

All over the place, we see our Catholic leaders collapsing from fear of the government. The laughing Cardinal Dolan, with his position in the St. Patrick's Day parade in NYC,  is one who comes to mind immediately. Cardinal Tom Collins also comes to mind; he is not quite so prominent but he made a recent statement that Catholic schools of Ontario must be obedient to the Ontario government's regulations with respect to the sex ed curriculum; my own Archbishop Anthony Mancini invited pro-choice, pro-same-sex marriage Premier Stephen McNeil to be the key note speaker at the annual archdiocesan fundraising dinner. This decision was protested by many but our objections were dismissed and we were given a letter that we must be "warm and welcoming" to those who have not been well-formed in their Catholic faith. Even to the point of inviting such ill-formed Catholics to be key-note speakers.

What is making these guys take the positions that they do? Do they really think that their positions are harmless and that they are inviting the public into a conversation with them? Or are they simply running scared because they see that they must curry favour with the day's politicians and doing otherwise might get their purse strings cut?

Michael Voris said that there is a rumour that Cardinal Dolan came to some sort of compromise with Governor Cuomo over education in New York State and that is why he has taken such a tolerant attitude towards the gay agenda. And it won't be the first time that Catholics in Canada have gone silent over issues when they fear losing their Catholic schools. This happened in Ontario when the bishops went silent as all restrictions on abortion were removed. There was a rumour then that they had been promised continued support for the Catholic schools if they just kept a low profile.

Why not just give up these financial benefits? If you can't have Catholic schools that are truly Catholic, then why bother? They are going to disappear eventually anyway, but in the process they will take down many students who will be given a very confusing message.

The Scripture passage about harming young souls comes to mind. 

And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.  Mark 9:42

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Makes me wonder when the Church itself is just going to give up and say 'whatever goes, goes'. Watching the Protestant churches fall like dominoes and accept the will of a few is disheartening.