Catholic School Removes Catholic Statues And Teachings To Be More 'Inclusive'

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 28, 2017

"Many parents feel if the school is heading in a different direction then the San Domenico community should have been notified before the signing of the enrollment for the following year".

The head of the San Domenico School in San Anselmo said parents of some prospective students who visited the campus - which was founded in 1850 and serves 671 students grades K-12 - expressed concern about the religious figures, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

Head of San Domenico School Cecily Stock said the decision was "to make sure that prospective families are aware that we are an independent school", adding that "r$3 ight now about 80 percent of our families do not identify as Catholic".

The school stopped offering the Catholic catechism as part of its regular curriculum a few years ago, but offered it as an after-school activity.

In an effort to be more "inclusive", a Catholic school in California is removing a statue of baby Jesus and Mary and all other Catholic icons from its campus.

"Our goal in this shift was in alignment with our strategic plan that was approved by our Board of Trustees and Dominican Sisters of San Rafael in June of 2016 and reflects our commitment to continuing a 167-year tradition of inclusive education", Kimberly Pinkson, director of marketing and communications, told Fox News.

Shannon Fitzpatrick, whose 8-year-old son attends San Domenico, went even further in her objection. "People were shocked that the statues were pitched in the basement". Skewes-Cox told the Marin Journal that 18 of the school's 180 religious icons still remain on campus. "They're trying to be something for everyone and they're making no one happy", she said.

Skewes-Cox said the school's decision is "totally different" than the ongoing national debate over Confederate statues, and the two issues have "absolutely no connection other than it is change, and people have a hard time with change". It also takes great pains throughout its website to underscore its inclusiveness, noting, in several places: "San Domenico School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation/identity, disability, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law, in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics, or any other school-administered programs".

Instead of teaching Catholic theology, the school provides instruction in world religions and philosophy.

Unlike Georgetown, a Jesuit institution, San Domenico is no longer owned or operated by a religious order. We welcome and embrace students, families, and staff who both enrich and promote diversity. A Catholic school surrenders because it doesn't want to be what it is.

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