Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The policy is working: if the Gospel is “just not okay” you’re no longer Catholic

Congratulations to the Archdiocese of Denver for preaching the Gospel. A school uniform policy is working because heretics are choosing not to send their kids to a school that will contradict what they are teaching at home.

“The Church serves the human person by striving to bring God’s compassion to each and every person. God is a loving Father, and his love is shown first in the great gift of creation. He has made human beings as a body-soul unity, with the soul as the life of the body, what truly forms it as uniquely human. The body cannot exist separately from the soul and the soul and body together constitute the self. A human person does not just have a body — he or she is that body. Sexual identity, embodiment as either a man or a woman, is a gift that is given to us from the moment of creation. 

Accepting God’s will for humanity, as expressed in his creation of the body, includes accepting the reality of sex as male and female. God has given us our bodies as a gift, which, despite any challenges, must be accepted and guarded. Pope Francis described this in his encyclical Laudato Si’

“The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation. Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it (§155). – Pope Francis. 

The Catholic Church teaches that each human being is most fundamentally a beloved daughter or son of God, beautifully and equally created in God’s own image and likeness. 

Any individual who is struggling with gender dysphoria must be treated with genuine love and compassion, but especially for children, we must help affirm for them that God has uniquely created them as a boy or girl. 

Each of the Archdiocese of Denver’s private Catholic schools is trusted to establish policies to best serve, care for, and educate its students in cooperation with the child’s primary teachers – his or her parents. 

Catholic education is a partnership between the school, the parish, and the family, working together towards an agreed upon goal of providing an integrated education rooted in Catholic values and geared towards forming intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. 

If parents have concerns or questions about a particular policy at a private school or a teaching of the Catholic Church, they are encouraged to discuss it with the principal and pastor. 

However, if parents ultimately do not desire an education for their child that aligns with the mission and values of the Catholic Church, we fully respect their right as the primary educators of their children to pursue other educational options for their family. 

St. Pius X uniform policy 

The policy states: “St. Pius X Catholic School in Aurora is in the process of implementing a new dress code for its students. The pastor and principal made the decision to gradually phase in the new dress code by implementing it one grade level at a time, starting last school year with kindergarten students, this year with kindergarten and first grade, next year with kindergarten through second grade, and so on.”

“It broke my heart that’s the education they were going to receive,” McInerney said. “I’m not trying to start a huge ruckus but I just think that people should know that this is still going on and people should know that we are still trying to start a difference between girls and boys and focus on how girls dress and that’s just not okay.”

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