One argument that has been presented for the new contracts for teachers in Catholic schools in Hawaii is that people are not sufficiently aware of the Church’s teaching on issues like homosexuality. This report on what happened at Charlotte Catholic High School once again reminds us that urging people to remain in the closet to conform to where the institutional church is on the subject of homosexuality is not unlike the church’s silencing of Galileo while it took a few hundred years to catch up with science.
The backlash against Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel’s lecture at Charlotte Catholic High School has been swift since last week she suggested homosexuality is caused by failed parenting and masturbation, and linked same-gender couples to child abuse.
Almost 1,000 parents attended the meeting, and most came to voice their concerns about the school’s decision to host Sr. Laurel, as well as the school’s failure to notify parents in advance that a sensitive topic was to be addressed. Before the meeting began, alumni and students passed out wristbands that said “We are all God’s children.” These individuals were removed from school property.
The meeting lasted an hour longer than scheduled, and it included administrators, the chaplain, and the diocesan director of education. Though closed off to non-parents and all media except the diocesan newspaper, all accounts reveal a highly charged evening notes the Charlotte Observer.
The Catholic Herald, the diocesan…
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