Another day, another sad story of the erasure of history to avoid “offending” the perpetually offended.
California’s first Catholic School, the 167 year old San Domenico School, has decided that images of the Blessed Mother and baby Jesus, along with statues of Saints on campus, might offend or “alienate” people, so they have got to go in order to make the school appear more “inclusive”.
Removal of a number of statues and other smaller Catholic icons from the campus of San Domenico School in San Anselmo has raised concerns among some parents.
In an email to the school’s board of directors, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and the head of school, Shannon Fitzpatrick objected to the removal of the statues and other steps the school has taken in an effort to make the school more inclusive.
“Articulating an inclusive foundation appears to mean letting go of San Domenico’s 167-year tradition as a Dominican Catholic school and being both afraid and ashamed to celebrate one’s heritage and beliefs,” wrote Fitzpatrick, whose 8-year-old son attends the school.
She added, “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.”
Fox News has some more about this:
Kim Pipki, whose daughter left the school two years ago, told the newspaper that at the center of the uproar is a statue of Mary and baby Jesus that was featured in a ceremony where children would place a crown on her head.
“People were shocked that the statues were pitched in the basement,” she said.
But Pinkson told Fox News the statues were “temporarily stored in the downstairs of our library.”
Amy Skewes-Cox, who leads the school’s board of trustees, said at least 18 of the school’s 180 religious icons remain on the school’s grounds.
See that? Eighteen of the school’s 180 religious icons remain – so they have eliminated NINETY PERCENT of the Catholic imagery at this Catholic school. Wouldn’t want to offend anyone by being too Catholic at a Catholic school, huh?
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