Catholic Headteacher Awarded an LGBT Rainbow Flag Award
Liverpool Archbishop McMahon Has a Duty to Defend Catholic Truth and Parental Rights
Torch of The Faith News on Friday 11 March 2016
The gravity of the situation developing at Sacred Heart ”Catholic” Primary School, in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, cannot be overestimated. Nor can the troubling silence with which it has so far been greeted by the bishops, clergy and laity of the Archdiocese.
The whole situation represents a veritable bridgehead of the LGBT movement into Catholic education in this Archdiocese.
We reported yesterday [see comment below] that the Headteacher, Miss Carrie Morrow, had allowed a group of adults to perform a drama, before the young children at the school, about two princes who ”fall in love” with each other.
Further to that, the children were given a lesson telling them when it is acceptable to use the word ”gay”. They also took part in designing logos for the Wigan ”Gay Pride” event in August.
As we noted yesterday, one of the parents, Mr. Julian Marsh, received a visit from local police responding to complaints of ”hate crime” after he had posted his reactions on social media. The main thrust of Mr. Marsh’s reaction seems to be the manner in which his parental rights had been completely usurped. Indeed, he only discovered that any of this had happened when his young son came home and told him what he had been learning about ”gays” during the day at the supposedly Catholic school.
Since then, various media sources have been using the ”homophobic” label to castigate Mr. Marsh and others who complained. In this instance that moniker either originated with – or at least was spurred on by – Miss Carrie Morrow’s unrepentant public response to parental complaints. As well as stating that she is proud of her actions, Miss Morrow added: ”We have been quite bold and it has not been without some negativity from the community. We are not intimidated as we know such homophobic attitudes are in the minority.”
Miss Morrow has now been awarded an ”LGBT Rainbow Flag Award” for her actions
The latest on-line edition of Wigan Today has broken the story that Miss Carrie Morrow and the school have now been given, what is described as, ”a prestigious award for its work tackling homophobia.”
And so we have the spectacle of a ”Catholic” school receiving a Rainbow Flag Award from the LGBT Proud Trust; whilst local parents are being depicted as social pariahs.
The Wigan Today article has a photograph of Miss Morrow, a couple of youth workers, the local councillor and several young children in front of the LGBT rainbow flag award. This has been placed at the centre of a wall display that features artwork of same-sex pairings drawn by the children; and also comment notes by the students about being proud of who you are and supporting friends who tell them they are gay. Miss Morrow said: ”Our children are now seeing and hearing things about gay people more regularly, with LGBT characters on TV and in family-viewing shows. Other people they may admire are coming out, most recently George from Union.”
There are several things that have to be said:
1. Miss Morrow has been employed by the Archdiocese of Liverpool to run a Catholic school. This means that she is there to uphold the school’s Catholic ethos and mission; rather than to promote alternative agendas. The framework for the mission of Catholic schools is governed by the natural and divine law, a continuous tradition of Magisterial documents, Canon Law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
2. Whilst it is a common tactic used by radicals to present their opponents as being merely minority extremists, employees of the Catholic Church have a duty to pass on the Catholic Faith in its entirety, to protect the innocence of children and to respect the rights and duties of their parents.
3. The description of concerned parents as ”homophobes” – and the subsequent exposure and hostile labelling of Mr. Marsh and other concerned parents in various popular media sources – could easily be seen as a form of bullying in itself.
4. In light of the above point, how can it be consistent for a headteacher to act in this manner, whilst suggesting that she is standing up to bullying? Indeed, we can only shudder to think how Mr. Marsh’s son, and the children of other parents who have complained, must be feeling at this time. How has their dignity, and that of their parents, been upheld in any of this?
5. The Catholic Church upholds the rights and duties of parents as the primary educators of their own children. The Second Vatican Council reaffirmed this aspect of the natural and divine law in paragraph 3 of Gravissimum Educationis.
This essential point was again reaffirmed in paragraph 42 of the Pontifical Council for the Family’s 1995 teaching document The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality. This states: ”Since they have conferred life on their children, parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate them; hence they… have the right to educate their children in conformity with their moral and religious convictions, taking into account the cultural traditions of the family.”
Further to this, paragraph 43 adds: ”Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centres chosen and controlled by them. In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it co-operates in sex-education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.”
In any case, paragraph 78 of the same document deals with the years of innocence from about five years of age until puberty. It teaches: ”This period of tranquillity and serenity must never be disturbed by unnecessary information about sex.”
In point (b) of paragraph 125, this authorative document reminds: ”Homosexuality should not be discussed before adolescence unless a serious problem has arisen in a particular situation. This subject must be presented only in terms of chastity, health and the truth about human sexuality in its relationship to the family as taught by the Church.”
The way this situation is dealt with by the Archbishop Maclolm McMahon will set a precedent for how it will be dealt with in other Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese. It can be seen as a kind of test case with Miss Morrow pushing the envelope to see how far she can go. Already, the drama group who performed this so-called ”gay-play” at the school are soon to perform to various schools in the St. Helens area – we do not have details of which schools yet.
As it stands, we have a situation where: young primary school children have been exposed to the normalization of homosexual relationships inside a supposedly Catholic school; parents who resisted – having only found out after the event – have been uncharitably dismissed as a ”homophobic minority” by the school’s headteacher; parents who resisted have also been exposed in a hostile light by various popular media outlets; and up to now nobody from the Archdiocese has made a public stand to defend God’s rights, Catholic morality, the innocence of these children, or the rights and duties of their parents.
The ultimate responsibilty for all of this lies with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.
If he does not act, and soon, then Catholics throughout the Archdiocese have a duty to stand up for the rights of God, the children, the parents and the Church.
Perhaps people think that by remaining silent before this LGBT juggernaut then they will be safe. At best, this is naive. In any case, to remain silent at a time like this would be sinful.
Mark this well: We have reached a decisive moment in the history of the Archdiocese of Liverpool. May Christ give us all the courage to defend Christ’s Truth and His little ones.
Pope Leo XIII: ”The world has heard enough of the so-called rights of man. Let it hear something of the rights of God.”