An alleged Catholic school in San Anselmo named for San Domenico just removed 18 of its 180 beautiful old statues and put them in storage so as to not be alienating. They want to be more inclusive by hiding what they are and what they believe in.
There is no doubt the Board will get rid of the remaining 18 eventually.
The head of the school’s board of trustees, Amy Skewes-Cox, claims such removals are “completely in compliance” with school rules, which were approved by the board and the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael last year.
However, 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.”
The school is celebrating its 167th year. What a nice way to celebrate. We certain the founder is rolling over in her grave. This is really the death of the school as a Catholic school. It will continue on as a secular “independent” school.
A number of parents are unhappy but they have allowed the leftists to do it. For some of the children, even the non-Catholic ones, the statues were part of tradition. They’re not happy either.
As a Catholic, I have watched the Catholic schools turn their souls over to the secularists and now they have the right Pope to finish them off.
The students attending San Domenico come from a variety of religious backgrounds besides Christianity: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. No sense pretending they are a Catholic school then.
They don’t want to alienate other religions, they say. The tuition is $29,850 a year and that could have something to do with it.
They don’t even offer catechism. People aren’t interested according to the Board of Directors and the Dominican order doesn’t want to preach.
Sorry, you are no longer Catholic.
The removal of the statues have nothing to do with Charlottesville, just a coincidence.
Looking at this, all I see are Catholics abandoning who they are to be politically correct as they bow to secularism and globalism.