“Independent Catholic” school removes statues of Jesus , Mary and other religious figures: ‘Alienating to children of other faiths’

“Independent Catholic” school removes statues of Jesus, Mary and other religious figures: ‘Alienating to children of other faiths’

[To paraphrase the anti-Nazi German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller: First they removed the statues in public places of noted Confederates and their “confederates” in slavery (including Catholics such as General P.G.T. Beauregard and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney), next they removed the statues in public places of saints and other noted Catholic figures considered “offensive” in se and per se (because of alleged atrocities or just being statues of religious figures), then we removed the same kinds of statues from our own educational institutions so as not to offend people of other faiths but to be “welcoming” to them]

By Jessica Chasmar – The Washington Times – Friday, August 25, 2017

San Domenico School, an “independent Catholic” school in San Anselmo, California [“not owned or operated by a parish or religious order …, welcoming people of all faiths” – school and religious officials], has sparked the ire of some parents after officials removed and relocated a large number of religious statues, including those of Jesus and Mary, in order not to alienate children of other faiths.

Amy Skewes-Cox, who heads San Domenico School’s board of trustees, said at least 18 of the 180 religious icons still remain at the school as part of a plan approved unanimously by the board last year, the Marin Independent Journal reported.

Ms. Skewes-Cox said the timing of the statues’ removals and the national statue debate spurring from the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, is an unfortunate coincidence and have “absolutely no connection other than it is change, and people have a hard time with change.”

“If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling,” she said.

Sister Maureen McInerney, prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, said the plan is to make the K-12 school more inviting to students of all faiths.

“San Domenico is a Catholic school; it also welcomes people of all faiths,” she told the Marin Independent Journal. “It is making an effort to be inclusive of all faiths.”

The school’s head, Cecily Stock, said she wants people to understand that the school is independent, and not owned or operated by a parish or religious order.

“San Domenico is both a Catholic school and an independent school,” she said, “But what we were finding after doing some research is that in the broader community we are known as being a Catholic school and are not necessarily known as an independent school. We want to make sure that prospective families are aware that we are an independent school.”

Kimberly Pinkson, director of marketing and communications, told Fox News that a “large number of religious statues” were recently relocated to other parts of the school’s campus and some were donated to “appreciative recipients.”

Ms. Pinkson said the statues were “temporarily stored in the downstairs of our library,” contrary to one parent’s complaint that the statues were “pitched in the basement,” the Marin Independent Journal reported.

Another parent, Shannon Fitzpatrick, recently sent an email to school officials accusing them of trying to erase the school’s 167-year tradition of celebrating the Dominican Catholic faith.

“In our time here, the word ‘Catholic’ has been removed from the mission statement, sacraments were removed from the curriculum, the lower school curriculum was changed to world religions, the logo and colors were changed to be ‘less Catholic,’ and the uniform was changed to be less Catholic,” she wrote.

Cheryl Newell, a mother of four San Domenico graduates, told the Marin Independent Journal, “I am extremely disappointed in the school and the direction they’ve been going. This isn’t a new thing that they’ve been intentionally eroding their Catholic heritage. They’re trying to be something for everyone and they’re making no one happy.”

Kim Pipki, whose daughter left San Domenico two years ago, said, “The one main statue that has everyone fired up is the baby Jesus and Mary one.

“It was at the center of the primary school courtyard,” she said.

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3 comments on ““Independent Catholic” school removes statues of Jesus , Mary and other religious figures: ‘Alienating to children of other faiths’

  1. Hey, why not? This is just the logical conclusion of the modernist Karl Rahner’s “anonymous Christian” spiel. Yeah, you can be a “catholic” school while simultaneously denying Christ & his Mother. Even Cardinals in the “church” say it’s all good! See:

  2. California: Catholic school removes statues to avoid offending Muslims


    “The students attending San Domenico come from a variety of religious backgrounds besides Christianity: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.”

    Hmmm. Which of those four is likely to have been the only one objecting to the presence of these statues? And so here again we see the universal principle: in Muslim countries, one must change one’s behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities. And in non-Muslim countries, one must change one’s behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities.

    “Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)

  3. Sad. Pathetic. This is immoral. By removing the statues the administration of this Catholic school is enabling the anti-Catholic idea that there is something wrong with statues or images of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Isn’t it the function of a Catholic school to teach the truth? Including the truth about Catholic history. Where does this end? Rip out the chapel? Take down every crucifix?

    More to the point, why does a Catholic school in California, a state with one of the LARGEST Hispanic populations in the U.S., have an enrollment with only 20% Catholic students??? Something is wrong with that picture. Is there a problem with evangelization or advertising? How many trained and educated, vowed religious or Catholic lay administrators are out in the field looking for and recruiting Catholic students for the school? No, this story smells. It smells bad. It has the stink of modernism and Vatican II. And political correctness. There is a hard Left agenda here, an anti-Catholic one. Are these progressive modernist SJW in-name-only Catholics who don’t go in for the Church’s actual teachings and spiritual devotions?

    This absurd PC craze of anti-Catholic iconoclasm started a few years back. Anyone remember when they covered up the IHS symbol in Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall so the Alinskyite vampire president wouldn’t melt from seeing a Catholic symbol? 2009 A.D.



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