Public Catholic Education: An Impediment and Danger to the Faith

If there was ever a reason to dump the public Catholic system and all the non-practising professional katholics who feed at its trough, this is it.

I am more and more convinced, because of this story and others like it, along with the slut vaccine that is being introduced, the public Catholic system is actually an impediment to Catholic formation and might even be, in many cases, an occasion of sin.

It’s time to pull the plug and put the onus back on the bishops to get serious about Catholic education.

Renounce Caesar and his money and strike out alone.  It would certainly help align diocesan finances and ensure parents and the Church know where their bread is buttered.

 

15 thoughts on “Public Catholic Education: An Impediment and Danger to the Faith

  1. What will become of the Catholic school system? Will it, like the Catholic schools in Newfoundland and Quebec, fuse, with the secular system? Probably. However, there is another possibility, and that is that Catholic schools will evolve into a publically funded pan-religious system. The mini-mosque at Mother Teresa High School in London Ontario, could be a step in that direction. The courageous Catholicism, full of missionary zeal, that nourished western civiliaztion for most of the last two thousand years has vanished from our schools and our parishes. Catholic schools RIP.

  2. A perfect storm has been brewing since the 1960s. First, the progressive theologians within the Church were all ready to hijack the Second Vatican Council for their own agendas. Then there were the secularizers-the proponents of optional clerical celibacy, the proponents of habitless religious life, lived out in an apartment, and their lay friends. As the seventies began, in the wake of the Berrigan brothers`activism, these groups were joined by revolutionaries of varied stripes. In the schools, religious education classes and retreats, which I endured, were exercises in pop psychology. With extended funding, we thought we had arrived at a desired goal, but we were wrong. Pool hiring of large numbers of “Catholics” took place. Teachers, technically, required a recommendation from a pastor before they could be hired. But, not all clerics are trustworthy. It is possible to be an atheist, but to ask one`s parents to ask their old friend, Father So and So, for a pastoral reference, so that one can be hired.
    Finally, in the early 90s, the teachers`association turned sharply to the left. A few activists in the right place at the right time did this. All of these people will answer to God on judgement day.

  3. This is an interesting video given it’s near Remembrance Day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGU-36VwfiI&noredirect=1

    (there are also good videos from Indoctrination youtube channel)

    While the video is for Protestants in US public schools, it should be watched by ppl who must interact with the Ont govt catholic school system.

    Sending “child soldiers” into spiritual battle at these schools is problematic.

  4. The biggest concern, to me, is that there is no realistic reason to expect improvement in the near future. It has become abundantly clear in recent months that the bishops have no formal authority over the school boards, and not too much possibility for moral suasion either. The trustees are unresponsive to the parents.

    So what mechanism is available to reform the schools? Even if we elected trustees that were clones of Benedict, could things really change? I have my doubts, considering that the whole system is an arm of the provincial government and firmly in the grasp of the teachers’ union.

  5. It is virtually impossible to elect clones of Benedict (not that that would help).
    The former chair of the Halton catholic board was run out of town by OECTA. He now frequenty comments on Lifesite (BulingtonBob)

    From http://www.hsuoecta.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49:november-2010&catid=10:2010-2011&Itemid=40 :

    PARTING WORDS….

    Is it any wonder we backed the other guy? During an interview with the Burlington Post Bob Vande Vrande was quoted as saying “With the slate of candidates who are elected, I couldn’t have worked with them anyway.” Is this congruent with the value systems you and your colleagues are delivering to the Catholic students in your classrooms?

    Perhaps former HCDSB superintendent Gary Mahoney says it best in his letter to the Burlington Post when he writes “For anyone familiar with the too often torturous proceedings of the outgoing Halton Catholic District School Board, the reaction of the Chair to his electoral defeat was, if anything, characteristic. It seems those who differ with him are not legitimate opponents but “A few thugs …” That he admits to likely not being able to work with the elected slate of candidates is as close to a statement of fact as he could possibly make. As for the much vaunted “accountability mandate”? Well, Mr. Van deVrande was indeed held accountable by the electors, infidels and thugs though they may be.

    Over the past four years, the soon-to-be-former Chair and trustee was one of a clique that held the voting power in the HCDSB and prosecuted its regressive, self-righteous reform agenda with calculation and resolve. It resulted in a seriously demoralized and divided school board, riddled with tensions, disagreement and poisoned relationships. On their watch, the Halton Catholic District School Board gained notoriety as the board that put the ‘mental’ back in fundamental Catholicism.

    Few Halton Catholic ratepayers will mourn the electoral passing of the authors of this sad and troubling chapter in the Board’s history. During this ‘Dark Age’, the legislated strictures of school board governance and the role of the trustee were treated as quaint, a bit of a nuisance but nothing more. Directors of Education were force-fed a regular diet of disrespect, even in the public forum. Regular meeting attendees witnessed this group’s convenient attachment to the official Church, when it suited them and their equally convenient disregard for Church positions and advice when it failed to support their narrowly-conceived and sanctimonious image of Catholicism.”

  6. Although it is true that the bishops have no formal authority over the school boards, they have complete authority over what is taught in the religious curriculum.

    That they have delegated this role primarily lay persons, is beside the point. They could change it in a heartbeat, if there was a will to do so, to ensure it was orthodox and covered all the bases. That they haven’t, and that they permit what is currently being taught tells you everything you need to know. It’s a way for them to express their dissent privately — no need to risk the next ecclesiastical appointment.

    This has given the institutional heretics cover and protection to spread the rot they have embraced in their own lives and made it virtually impossible for orthodox parents to change anything.

    The bishops have been partners, and not adversaries, with the government in making the current Catholic school system what it is. We need to make our bishops more accountable for their inaction. To make public, what they would prefer to keep private. Who knows, some may even repent and save their souls.

  7. Yes, it’s time to pull the plug on these schools. The whole system encourages hypocrisy, complacency and negligence. Hypocrisy, because only a tiny minority of teaching staff have any faith, with perhaps fewer then 3 percent observing the very minimal required of Catholics by attending Sunday Mass. Complacency and negligence, because parents and parish priests have the wrong belief that they can rely on schools to provide children with Catholic formation(!). The result is that young people receive no Catholic formation at all, unless they are lucky to have a teacher who actually believes in the Catholic faith, but those teachers are an extremely small minority. The sooner the public Catholic schools are abolished, the sooner Catholic parents will take responsibility for their childrens’ education, and the sooner we will have real Catholic schools.

  8. Andy,

    Forgive my ignorance, but I’m shocked to hear that the bishops have control over the religious curriculum. How does that work? Is there some clause in the provincial statutes governing schools that formally gives the pen on religious curriculum to the bishops?

    • The Board of Directors of the Institute for Catholic Education is comprised of two representatives from
      each of the following partner associations: Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Ontario Catholic
      School Trustees’ Association, Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario, Ontario Catholic Supervisory
      Officers’ Association, Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education, Ontario English Catholic
      Teachers’ Association, Ontario Catholic School Business Officials’ Association.

      • In each of those associations, the word Catholic should be replaced by the word Confused. Perhaps for OECTA, a better substitute word would be Contumacious. The ICE policy document, for High School religious education (2007), is obscurantist slop, with all the doctrinal depth, of a parking lot puddle. I challenge anyone to read the thread “The Profession of Faith”, in that policy document, and find any one of the twelve articles of our Creed, clearly expounded. Good luck.

  9. Thanks for that info Jim.

    Bottom line is that if the two representatives from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario said that a particular piece of curriculum didn’t reflect Catholic teaching that would be the end of that particular curriculum. That they only have two votes is beside the point. They make their stand public, and they win the day. The problem of course, is that they are on board with the program. Their silence serves their purposes.

    On the ACBO website here:

    http://acbo.on.ca/englishweb/commissions.htm

    it states that the bishops’ Education Commission monitors, through ICE, the development of Catholic curriculum.

    Conclusion: the bishops know everything, and for those bishops that don’t, it is willful ignorance. This is why they should be called out publicly for their betrayal. They are the ones that are ultimately responsible. Which is why the educational establishment thinks we’re kind of funny when we try to make them accountable to Catholic teaching.

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