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Supporting doctrinal integrity

April 17, 2015
Tom Spencer
Department of German & Russian
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

I just want to tell you that I am profoundly supportive of the archbishop’s (very brave) stance in the matter of the teacher contracts in Catholic schools, which has recently stirred up the press. I think that the Catholic teaching on sexuality is “hard,” as they say, but beautiful and even vital in a society that has apparently lost the ear to hear the spiritual truths of chastity and marriage

I know how hard it can be to uphold a good and right teaching that even some fellow religionists have given up, or are not-so-secretly ashamed of. Please do not capitulate on these matters. Although I am not a Catholic, I think that a Catholic school should be exactly that: Catholic. This cannot happen if the dominant theological message is: Go ahead and pick and choose what you think the church should teach, and then expect that church leadership comply. It sounds like the Catholic identity of many Catholic schools is in danger in precisely this way. This is a shame, because our world needs more (genuine) religiously affiliated institutions. I think very highly of the charitable tone that the church in San Francisco has adopted in these matters, but at least as highly of the stance it has taken on doctrinal integrity. 

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