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Schools off course

February 27, 2015
G. P. Heckert
San Mateo

Archbishop Cordileone should be roundly applauded for removing the apparent ambiguity in the guidelines governing the Catholic schools operation under his governance. The guiding principles stated have always been there in the catechism, but their application in many Catholic schools seemed to veer off course in the last decade or two or three. In any organization, guidelines, assuming they exist, should be as clear as possible.

I had an illustration of this problem myself several years ago when I arranged for a well-known pro-life priest to speak at my old Catholic high school here. After he spoke, the head of the school’s campus ministries program let me know on no uncertain terms that she didn’t support the priest’s views. I asked her if there were any on the school staff that she thought would support the pro-life position. She said “none.”

I pray the good archbishop’s clarifications will enlighten the current staff.

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