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Posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Squeaker in Catholic Education
Julian Hanlon is the Director of Education of the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Here’s his permissive approach to having guest speakers and partners that oppose Church teaching:
“If we have blanket statements that anybody that opposes the Catholic or ever says something contrary to the Catholic Church teachings, we would never have anyone come into the schools.” (Source)
That’s how we end up with speakers like Justin Trudeau and partners that push for contraception.
Now here’s what the Archbishop of Ottawa, Terrence Prendergast recently said on the same topic: Read the rest of this entry »
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The Catholic Diocese of Whitehorse has obeyed an order by the Yukon government to remove Church teaching on the sinfulness of homosexuality from its policy on pastoral care for same-sex attracted students in its publicly-funded Catholic schools. Critics have pointed out that even in the title of the new policy, the ‘truth’ has been removed….(Source)
I have a really simple question for this bishop and any bishop, really. Why bother being a bishop? Just what are you “protecting” by such a capitulation? You don’t please the government or the gay storm-troopers and your saturation of the Faith is anathema to parents who believe in the Catholic Faith. So, what dear Fathers is the point, exactly? Government money?
It seems that the number one job of a Catholic bishop these days is to run away from the Cross and from Confrontation. The ultimate cardinal sin today for any bishop is not to get along with everyone. I guess the Spirit of Vatican II has gone to their heads.
This is why the Catholic education system is in the gutter. This is why the bishops are basically figureheads. This is why the holy firewall has gone up in Catholic homes all across this country and much of the Western world. This is why the Catholic faithful already have one foot in the underground, and the second foot is sure to drop within the next 5-10 years.
It appears that Faithful Catholic parents have to uphold and teach the faith themselves, and make sad excuses for why the bishop won’t properly witness to it.
That’s why in my house, I am the ultimate teacher of the Faith – not because of design, but because of necessity.
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My friend Andy Pocrnic has done a yeoman’s job in shining the light on the pro-aborts scamming Catholic education.
Good job, Andy!
After the presentation, one trustee asked Pocrnic if he had “listened [to] or heard the Pope’s latest statement and clarification”, according to a recording of the presentation obtained by LifeSiteNews.com.
Last week in an interview with La Civilta Catholica in partnership with America magazine, the pope had said that it is “not necessary” to talk about the issues of “abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods” “all the time”, emphasizing at the same time that Church teaching on these matters is “clear” and that he is a “son of the Church”.
While the secular press has interpreted this as a call for the Church to downplay, or even abandon its teachings on controversial moral issues, Catholic commentators have argued that the pope only said that those issues should be placed in their proper “context.”
Concerned parent James Doak told LifeSiteNews that Pope Francis’ statements do not give Catholic schools a pass to partner with pro-abortion groups, especially in light of Francis’ most recent condemnation of abortion one day after the release of his La Civilta Catholica interview.
“It’s as if the trustee was saying: ‘You caught us working with pro-aborts, but we want to misinterpret Pope Francis’ talk last week to give us wiggle room because we love Free the Children so much’,” he said. (Source)
One thing the Pope’s comments have done is ferret out all those dubious Catholics who had previously kept their mouths shut on abortion and contraception since Humanae Vitae.
When the Pope’s comments about abortion and gay sex were spun by the liberal press, they thought they had some play with the Pope. Turned out that they were wrong as +++Francis clarified things for them the very next day. But in so doing, they showed their cards and their true colours.
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Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by Paycheck in Catholic Education
Come out and ask questions. Lots of them.
PLEASE ATTEND OTTAWA BOARD MEETING
If you agree that the board should be offering students role models that see human life as a blessing and treat female fertility as a gift then join us at the board meeting tomorrow night to support our parent delegate:
The Catholic Education Centre
570 West Hunt Club Road, Nepean
Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m
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During the hearing, Perron’s defense lawyer admitted that the principal used “wilful ignorance” to “overlook” the actions of his homosexual lover….Principal Perron was accused by staff of “foster[ing[ a climate of intimidation, manipulation, retaliation, threats and criticism”, making it difficult for anyone to raise a voice against him or his actions….Yvonne Monto, a teacher, secretary, and technician at the school, described the school as having “an absolutely toxic, unbearable atmosphere” because, she said, Perron controlled everything…. (Source)
Well, ladies, what do you expect when you keep voting for pro-homosexualist politicians? Eventually, there are very personal consequences. Opening the closet is not as benign as you were told.
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Posted on July 8th, 2013 by Squeaker in Catholic Education
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa was recently at Wayside Academy to for their annual gala dinner. He gave a brief address at the event, which is available here.
There are several great quotes from his address that outline his vision of Catholic education and the primordial role of parents.
The Church teaches that Catholic education is “an extension of parental education; it is extended and cooperative home schooling.” Parents, not schools, not the State, and not the Church, have the primary moral responsibility of educating children to adulthood.
If, as the Church believes, parents are the primary educators of their children, then the fact that your school was founded by parents, and remains largely directed by parents is a sign of the seriousness with which you take the task that has been entrusted to you. (Source)
Two important points here. First, the fact that he speaks so highly of parents’ active involvement in Wayside Academy suggests that he has a positive view of recent efforts by all Ottawa parents to restore some catholicity to their school board. This is a very encouraging sign for Ottawa parents. Your struggles have not gone unnoticed.
Second, I see an allusion to the excellent work done by Parents as First Educators (PAFE) in the excerpt I highlighted in red. He basically cites PAFE by name. Wink, wink. I think the Archbishop wants PAFE to know that he recognizes and very much appreciates its efforts.
This is the great call for all of us in the 21st century, both as individual Christians and as a school: to become authentic witnesses of the message and person of Christ. The authenticity of any school will “shine forth” from its teachers and families, by the way they are living the Gospel. (Source)
We all know that the Catholic school board is composed of many people who openly reject the Church’s teaching on several important matters. Archbishop Prendergast is clearly cognizant that the behaviour of teachers and parents is detrimental to the quality of Catholic education. But he goes even further:
Fourth, Catholic schools should be imbued with a Catholic worldview. As Archbishop Miller said, “we might be tempted to think that the identity and distinctiveness of Catholic education lies in the quality of its religious instruction, catechesis and pastoral activities,” but it is not so. Rather, a Catholic education is Catholic “because it provides an education in the intellectual and moral virtues, because it prepares for a fully human life at the service of others and for the life of the world to come.” In other words, a particularly Catholic “take” on reality should permeate the whole life of a school, every subject, every activity, and every interaction. Be inspired by a supernatural vision. Be founded on a Christian anthropology. Be animated by communion and community. Be imbued with a Catholic worldview. Keep up a constant search for wisdom and truth. (Source)
Very well put.
Look, the Archbishop is an intelligent man. He’s not oblivious to the fact that this vision is not currently being implemented in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. And he’s certainly not indifferent to this deficiency. We know that he intervened in recent weeks to insert some language into the Board’s new policy on partners. When he mentioned “every activity” in the paragraph above, he probably had activities with external partners partially in mind. I really think he’s trying hard behind the scenes to fix the schools. Just because we don’t see more on his part doesn’t mean stuff isn’t happening.
That being said, many parents aren’t happy with the speed at which change is happening. They can’t wait 10-20 years because their kids will be out of school by then, with who knows what scars on their soul. By the time their child leaves the school system, they may have lost their faith and may never recover. Those are very good points. The speed and approach are legitimate subjects of debate and parents should continue to voice their concerns as they have done. There are indeed grave risks to the slow-and-steady approach.
However, parents need to be smart about reforming the school system. Following the release of the new school board policy, some parents spoke to secular newspapers about the changes. I don’t think this was a good move because it just drew attention to our resolve and stirred the secularists to call for increased dilution of the Catholic schools. It would be best if we operate under the radar, especially knowing that the Board is very sensitive to media attention. I don’t know why parents would talk to the secular media on this. I don’t see the upside. Somebody will have to explain it to me.
Let’s keep up the pressure on the Board. We have some momentum and we’re gaining traction with the trustees. The pendulum is starting to swing back. But let’s also be discreet about it with respect to the secular world.
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It was disgusting enough that Justin Trudeau was invited to speak several times at Catholic schools in recent years, but now we learn that Catholic institutions were paying big bucks in speaker fees to Trudeau — fees that came from our Catholic tax dollars, also known as education property taxes. That makes you and me the useful idiots once again. Will it ever stop?
OTTAWA, June 20, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – From 2006 to 2010, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau took in $82,500 in speaking fees from Catholic organizations, according to records he released earlier this year.
Here is the full breakdown, as reported by the Ottawa Citizen:
- April 20, 2006 – Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association. $7,500
- May 17 & 18, 2007 – Niagara Catholic District School Board. $15,000
- February 5, 2008 – Peterborough Victoria Northhumberland Clarington Catholic School Board. $10,000
- February 9, 2008 – Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association. $10,000
- May 21, 2008 – Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School. $10,000
- November 6, 2009 – Waterloo Catholic District School Board. $15,000
- May 7, 2010 – Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. $15,000 (Source)
If you do the math, you’ll see that four events were hosted by Catholic school boards and one by a Catholic high school. Those five events add up to $65,000 of our tax money. And these numbers don’t include travel and other related expenses. They’re purely the speaker’s fees.
Those are tax dollars that we entrusted to our schools for the education of our children, not for teachers and principals to bring in a politician who serves as a horrible example to our kids.
Maybe we should start a revolt and ask the school boards for a refund of these misused tax dollars. What do you think?
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Posted on June 16th, 2013 by Squeaker in Catholic Education
Kudos to the Catholic parents of Ottawa and to Parents as First Educators (PAFE) for pressuring the Ottawa Catholic School Board into modifying it’s existing policies so that ”Catholic and social and moral teaching” will guide partnerships undertaken in the board. Apparently Archbishop Prendergast played an important role in obtaining this change.
Despite this improvement, the language in the policy remains ambiguous to the extent that it’s not clear that anti-life speakers will be systematically turned away or that students will be protected from going on trips to visit anti-life organizations in the Global South. In fact, during the meeting, some trustees were still defending the decision to invite Justin Trudeau speak in the schools. Clearly, some trustees just don’t get it.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. The parents have obtained a first positive step in the right direction. With continued vigilance, we can build on this going forward.
We have the momentum in our favour and change is starting to happen. Let’s keep the heat on.
Word to the trustees: if anything goes wrong under this policy, we’ll be back for more changes. Count on it.
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Posted on May 28th, 2013 by Squeaker in Catholic Education
By now you’ve probably heard that some courageous trustees in the Toronto Catholic board had put forward a motion to replace the homosexualist Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) mandated by the government with the “Respecting Differences” policy developed by the Ontario bishops. “Respecting Differences” combats all kinds of bullying, including against homosexuals. Unfortunately, last week the majority of trustees voted to reject “Respecting Differences” and maintain the Ontario Liberals’ GSAs.
It’s hard to imagine a more emphatic and public rejection of Catholic morality than to vote against a good policy put for by the bishops to correct a gross abuse of power by the Ontario Liberals. Clearly the trustees are not obeying Cardinal Collins’ wishes. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted on May 22nd, 2013 by Squeaker in Catholic Education
Just when you thought you’d seen it all in the Catholic school system, they find a way to further disgust you.
The Toronto trustees are preparing to vote on a motion tomorrow to replace the government-mandated Gay-Straight Alliances with the Archdiocese’s Catholic alternative called Respecting Differences. That’s great news. But the Chair of the Board, Ann Andrachuk, almost hijacked the democratic process by unilaterally removing the vote from the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting. Read the rest of this entry »
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While the West gives up religious schools, other countries are asking for it.
No wonder the socialists are having a hairy fit. If Hungary recovers and does well, this radical idea that religion has a part to play in education could catch on.
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Get all the details here.
Can’t you feel the earth cooling?
We’re on our own, folks. Don’t look for any correction or change. We’re the remnant. Best to saddle up and head for the hills.
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Thank you for your courage in attempting to awaken the sense of sin in your flock and call them back to repentance.
It’s unfortunate that you do not have the support from the Archdiocese’s new “Auxillary“.
It’s not surprising, however, since this caring and sharing approach from the Archdiocese has blessed us with the Gay Jackboot in our schools.
Pay no mind to the chattering classes who get paid to shuffle away sin and ensure that no one is disturbed. It’s the New Gospel.
Carry on, Father.
Regards in the Lord,
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…Dagenais says her daughter reacted negatively during an exam in the religion class, where her response to a question was “F— all Catholics. I am gay, and God loves me.”
The Catholic board handled the situation, which according to Mulligan, resulted in a three-day suspension.
“Her back was against the wall, she was defending herself,” says Dagenais.
Seguin says Villanova is one of the more progressive schools, rolling out not only a provincially mandated gay-straight alliance, but also a social justice equity club. He says this situation is proof that more needs to be done….(Source)
Yes, yes, yes! More needs to be done. A total Gay takeover with rainbows and condoms for everyone and free too!
This is becoming so typical. Look for more invented “intimidation” by ”Catholic” school boards as the months and years go by. Anyone with a modicum of sensibility can see right through this charade with the media always ready to play the willing whore.
The only bullying going on here is by the Gay Jackboot over people of Faith. That much is clear.
Like she says, “F— all Catholics”. Poor girl. You can just feel the love all around her. Gays never hate anyone. Everyone knows that. They’re just so full of luvvvvvv and acceptance and tolerance.
And there y’are, folks. That is exactly the consequence of having effeminate bishops who caved on the GSAs. They never seem to pass up an opportunity to accomodate Sodom.
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Posted on February 28th, 2013 by Paycheck in Catholic Education
The Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese is requiring its 200 schoolteachers to sign an agreement affirming that “modern errors” such as contraception, abortion, homosexual marriage and euthanasia are “matters that gravely offend human dignity.”
The move is an effort by Bishop Robert Vasa to delineate specifically what it means for a Catholic-school teacher — whether Catholic or not — to be a “model of Catholic living” and to adhere to Catholic teaching….(Source)
No, Dorothy, this is not AmChurch any more.
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I wonder if the CanChurch will pull another Judas on us. Time will tell.
I also wonder if they’ve stopped taking the heavy drugs that they were on when they got Routhier to testify on their behalf.
Still no apology from the bishops for their betrayal, as per the standard operating procedures. Bishops grovel over the ranking of which politically correct issue they should apologize about, but when it comes to PROFOUND ISSUES like human life and Catholic education, a simple “sorry” is not in their vocabulary.
This is another very good reason to dissolve Episcopal Conferences, or at the very least, prohibit them from speaking on anything important unless they have the Pope’s direct approval.
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I’m sure there will be some accomodation with the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario’s education committee.
Some pastoral application to ensure everyone is sensitized to the new sodomy.
Compromise is always, always an option for our poor Catholic bishops. There’s not one compromise that they have ever really passed down.
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Posted on January 28th, 2013 by Paycheck in Catholic Education, Religion
From my friend, Jimbo….
I was only half joking in the earlier email when I mentioned the Hindu god Ganesha, then I found this on the Holy Trinity website!! (https://trh.flashalerts.com/index.php November newsletter)
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