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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Springfield Diocese’s new school policy targets non-Catholics

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This from CatholicCitizens.org: "The Springfield Catholic Diocese’s new school policy could call into question parents’ lifestyles, especially if they go against Catholic teaching, and takes a new approach toward a more Protestant tradition of tithing.

"The Family School Agreement would also require that non-Catholic families to attend Mass weekly and contribute to Catholic parishes, even while in most instances paying higher tuition rates at those schools.

"The agreement, modeled after a Wichita, Kansas, plan, was issued by Springfield Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on July 20, but some Springfield schools haven’t made parents or legal guardians sign it.

"In a letter to pastors and principals, obtained by The State Journal-Register, Paprocki acknowledged that the agreement was initiated in part when a same-sex married couple tried to enroll their adopted children at a Springfield elementary school, later identified as Christ the King.

"One of the points of the agreement — which was recommended by the diocese’s Presbyteral Council, a 20-member senate of the bishop that acts in a consultative nature, and approved by Paprocki — is the expectation that parents, adoptive parents or legal guardians of children enrolled in Catholic schools meet with their parish pastor if they are “not living in accord with church teaching.”

That would take in persons who are divorced and remarried but haven’t been granted an annulment, unmarried couples living together, and people who are in same-sex marriages or partnerships.

Although recognized by civil law, same-sex marriages are not recognized by the Catholic Church.  READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Isn't it something how far down the proverbial rabbit hole the Church of Vatican II has fallen, that for a Catholic bishop to attempt to achieve even minimal complaisance with church teaching on the part of parents whose children are enrolled in private Catholic schools is now some big, bad, scary controversial thing. Hats off to Bishop Paprocki for trying, of course, and let's hope and pray other bishops follow his lead in deciding to actually become Catholic again, run Catholic schools, and assert the superiority of Catholic morals and dogmas in the public square. The modern world desperately needs the teachings and liturgies and schools of the old Catholic Church, so let's stop hiding it all under bushel baskets of political correctness and New Church gobbledygook.

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