Critical Race Theory: Catholic Schools Have No Place for Dangerous Political Ideology


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Dangerous political fashions do not replace the timeless wisdom of Catholic social teaching.

VSritic Race Theory (CRT) and other ‘awakened’ ideologies, which have taken higher education to the sea, now seem to be flooding our elementary and secondary schools. There are daily reports of parents and teachers bitterly complaining about the rising tide, pushing back the entrenchment of hyper-politicized school boards and suing school systems for violating students’ civil rights. Sad to say, even Catholic schools are not immune to the latest school fashions. When the Sacred Heart Network, which operates 25 chic schools across the United States, pledged to work “to end systemic racism in our institutional structures,” shocked parents found themselves fighting to hold the CRT away from their children, as well as to fight to protect the souls of their Catholic schools.

The Carrollton School in Miami is a good example. An architectural gem on Biscayne Bay, the Girls’ School is independent from the Archdiocese of Miami and offers small class sizes and the highest academic standards. But a growing number of parents have recently started to notice an insidious narrowing of the views considered acceptable in school. Their daughters complained that expressing views contrary to “awakened” orthodoxy, especially on racial and gender issues, became impossible – even when those views aligned with Catholic teaching.

In a recent letter to the school board (later leaked to the press), nearly 200 parents of current students and many graduates pointed out that girls were “targeted and ostracized by the very teachers who should defend the right of students to express themselves ”traditional Christian views. The signatories were quickly vilified with racists and homophobes and (gasps!) Cuban Republicans, all for daring to expect their children in a Catholic school to receive an education centered not on politics but on teaching. Catholic social.

The central tenet of this teaching is, of course, the inherent and equal dignity of all people, regardless of race, condition or stage of development. This precept is based, in turn, on the revolutionary Christian proposition that we are made by God in his image, and that when God came to Earth he chose to be born poor in a cave, marginalized and vulnerable. It is impossible to overstate the effect of this on the “conception of the law and its duties towards the poor and excluded” of our culture, as GK Chesterton wrote in his book. Eternal man, adding: “It is deeply true to say that after this moment [of God’s arrival on Earth] there could be no slaves.

In short, the absolute brotherhood of man across all divisions is a Christian and Catholic concept. It correctly underpins every effort marked with the sign of the cross. It is the beginning and the end of every teaching moment on diversity and tolerance in a Catholic school. Or should be.

The signatories of the letter, and the many parents who share their concerns, have called for racism to be rejected on these noble grounds, and not on the basis of a deeply problematic political ideology (CRT). CRT teaches children to divide the world into oppressors and oppressed, based on racial and ethnic categories. It seeks to remedy historical, present and future injustices by a kind of reverse discrimination as well as by dismantling the market economy and democratic institutions. He also sees traditional morality as just another tool with which oppressors can control their victims. And its champions are enforcing this “revival” by aggressively labeling dissidents fanatics and demanding their “annulment” from polite society.

Administrators of any Catholic school should shy away from such tactics in their laudable quest to instill charity and human solidarity in their students. As the parents wrote in their letter, “we should redouble our efforts to follow the teaching of the Church (which already knows that racism and discrimination are sins) rather than embracing tired atheist tropes. of division and despair “. The alternative – to classify humans as victims or oppressors – causes psychological damage to children and is contrary to the Catechism, which teaches that all people “have the same nature and origin”.

It is difficult to imagine a more pressing need than that of clarifying the mission of a Catholic school. Orderly hallways, a cross in every classroom, and checkered uniforms do not equal a genuine Catholic education. Such an education comes above all from embracing the entirety of Catholic doctrine, even its unpopular but saving teachings on the family, marriage and the dignity of human life. Dangerous political and ideological fads do not replace the timeless wisdom of a faith that confronts injustice armed with the powerful simplicity of the commandment to “love one another as I have loved you”.


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