Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

A Catholic School Removes Teacher for Defending Faith
Crisis Magazine ^ | 3/24/15 | Anne Hendershott

Posted on 03/25/2015 6:12:11 AM PDT by marshmallow

Chesterton once wrote that “War is not the best way of settling differences—but it is the only way of preventing them from being settled for you.” If the Catholic Church is to continue to teach the timeless truths about the dignity of all human persons from conception to natural death, and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, the Church needs to begin to seriously engage in the war that has already been declared against her by those who wish to destroy these teachings.

In the past few weeks, there has been an escalation of the attacks against the Church in places like the Archdiocese of San Francisco where Sam Singer, the head of a high priced Public Relations firm, was hired to wage war on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone because of the archbishop’s strong defense of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Organizing protests, and enlisting the local media to help him in his battle against the archbishop, Singer has been successful in waging a well-funded media war on the Church and her teachings.

Likewise, in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, a battle began last week against a priest who gave permission to show a pro-life film, To Be Born, to a sixth grade CCD class. Described in the local newspaper as holding “rabid anti-abortion views,” the priest—a pastor who is beloved and greatly respected by his faithful parishioners at St. Monica’s Catholic Church —was called a “bully” in a front page story of the Wilkes Barre newspaper. Unfortunately, instead of fighting back with the truth of Catholic teachings on the sanctity of life, the priest has appeared to accept the criticism of showing a pro-life film to “sensitive” sixth graders by admitting that he “showed poor judgment” in allowing the........

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture

1 posted on 03/25/2015 6:12:12 AM PDT by marshmallow
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

Why even have a “Catholic” school then?

2 posted on 03/25/2015 6:22:35 AM PDT by jsanders2001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

This is beyond ridiculous.

3 posted on 03/25/2015 6:32:35 AM PDT by verga (I might as well be playing chess with pigeons,.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

It’s worth pointing out that, within the RC clergy and ESPECIALLY within lay people who take the time and make the committment to work as DREs and catechists that there is a burning spirit of rebellion against the teachings of the Church, especially on sexual and life issues (which, at the root, are the same issue).

Yes, I know that you must rely on CCC and the documents of councils to know what the RCC REALLY teaches. But out in the field - at BC, at Notre Dame and Georgetown, in CCD, in RCIA, in many homilies, and especially for those in contact with consecrated non-cloistered religious women - well, if tha’s what you know about Catholicism, then what you know is it’s a bunch of patriarchal sexist garbage heading for the scrap heap.

4 posted on 03/25/2015 6:39:54 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

Bet they could show Muslims beheading infidels and shout "Death to America" in an Islamic school classroom with no problem, though.

5 posted on 03/25/2015 6:48:06 AM PDT by caligatrux (Rage, rage against the dying of the light.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

6 posted on 03/25/2015 8:37:27 AM PDT by mrmeyer (You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. – Robert Heinlein)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

Prayers for Patricia Jannuzzi, a religion teacher at Immaculata High School in the Diocese of Metuchen and also that her Bishop may change his mind.

7 posted on 03/25/2015 8:49:03 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: verga; marshmallow; jsanders2001; Timber Rattler; ohioman
There's a possibility we can fight this and win. Bishop Bootkoski, who turns like a weathervane in every passing gust, is possibly already beginning to waffle. Give his a piece of your mind at:

Also Contact:

Immaculata High School
Mrs. Jean Kline, principal:
Phone: (908) 722-0200, ext. 110 or 111

Monsignor Seamus Brennan
c/o Immaculate Conception Church
35 Mountain Avenue
Somerville, New Jersey 08876
Phone: 908-725-1112

8 posted on 03/28/2015 6:15:30 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Love rejoices not in evil, but rejoices in the truth." 1 Corinthians 13:6)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow
Here's my letter to Bishop Bootkoski.

Dear Bishop Bootkoski,

Understanding that you are looking for a good pastoral approach in the matter of the Patricia Jannuzzi controversy, I would be honored if you would consider the following points. I am responding to your official statement as found on your diocesan website.

(1)If you're trying to treat your students, faculty and teachers with respect, why do you fail to even address Patricia Jannuzzi by name?? And why do you fail to quote her actual words, showing where they differ from Catholic teachings? This isn't "respect," it's crushing a person by your punitive firing, and them leaving her nameless and and voiceless.

(2) You've "never wavered" in teaching Catholic doctrines? Can you show is even one instance in which you have actually, comprehensively taught your flock "our traditional Catholic teachings" on the question of homosexuality?

(3) That a teacher's comment is "disturbing" may or may not be relevant. One may "disturb" another by telling the truth, or by telling an untruth. Christ said things which were so disturbing that the religious and social hierarchy of His day wanted to kill Him. Would you want to dispute the truth of anything Patricia Jannuzzi said?

You say she has not upheld the Church's teaching of "acceptance," and yet these are the actual words of the Catechism, para 2357:

"Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved."

The Catechism also says that persons with a deep-seated homosexual tendency "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity" and that "Homosexual persons are called to chastity." If Patricia Jannuzzi's comments were blunt, they were not more blunt than Paragraph 2357 of the Catechism.

(4) "She has never been terminated"? This is an untruth. She was put on administrative leave (with pay) until August, and informed that she would not be re-hired in September. That means she is terminated as of September.

(5) There is a difference between accepting "brethren" (ordinary men and women, boys and girls, students who may be struggling with same-sex attraction) and accepting the social and political agenda of LGBT activist groups, the "Gay Lobby."

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis (Abp. Bergoglio) called on the priests of his Archdiocese to bring the faithful to an upcoming protest against homosexual "marriage."

"Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God," wrote Cardinal Bergoglio in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos Aires. "We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."

Pretty disturbing, isn't it? I'm thinking Bergoglio would be considered unfit to teach in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Metuchen.

To the clergy of the parishes, Bergoglio requested that all of them read from the pulpits a declaration defending the true definition and understanding of marriage.

"The Argentinean people will have to confront, in the coming weeks, a situation whose result could gravely injure the family. We are speaking of a bill regarding marriage between people of the same sex," a bill that calls into question "the identity, and the survival of the family: father, mother, and children."

It's impossible to miss the parallels between Bergoglio's statement, and Mrs. Jannuzzi's comment on Facebook that the Gay movement threatens to “reengineer Western civ[ilization] into a slow extinction...We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity."

(6) Patricia Jannuzzi made no "harsh and judgmental" statements toward any individual gay student or any individual whatsoever. She was speaking of the homosexualist movements, ideologies and social-change groups which are even now coercing acceptance of homosexual acts and the relationships predicated upon those acts, by force of law.

The only report of her speaking to or about an individual, was the following from the New York Daily News. "I left this school after being told in religion class I must live a celibate single life if I had gay ‘feelings,’” wrote Doug Bednarczyk.

Is this wrong? Isn't this the same choice facing every human being, no matter what their orientation: either chaste celibacy, or marriage as defined by Divine and Natural Law?


` By the way, I sent this to Bishop Bootkoski as a paper copy, as well as posted it at the Diocesan Facebook page HERE (LINK).

9 posted on 03/28/2015 6:31:10 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Love rejoices not in evil, but rejoices in the truth." 1 Corinthians 13:6)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o; Tax-chick; GregB; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping to Mrs. Don-o’s outstanding letter to Bishop Bootkoski.

10 posted on 03/29/2015 1:31:18 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice - what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o


11 posted on 03/29/2015 1:36:34 PM PDT by tioga
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o

May I address my letter to “Dear Minion of Satan”?


12 posted on 03/29/2015 1:44:53 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow
Not to go too far off topic, which is very important, but for those who may not know G. K. Chesterton lived from 1874-1936. He recognized even as far back as then that paganism was reviving in the West, especially in his beloved England.

And look at Great Britain today. Few go to any Christian church, the Anglican Church has become a dead shell of its former self, and Muslims are increasingly dominating in large areas of the country.

America beware!

13 posted on 03/29/2015 1:47:57 PM PDT by Robwin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o


14 posted on 03/29/2015 3:11:18 PM PDT by NewCenturions
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: sitetest

If you don’t know his official Lowerarchy name... I think it’s -— Oh no, I’m suppressing my snark, so I can’t say it.

15 posted on 03/29/2015 3:34:50 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God." Liturgy of St.John)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o

Bravissima, Mrs. Don-o!

16 posted on 03/29/2015 7:08:19 PM PDT by ELS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o

Lent is almost over.

17 posted on 03/29/2015 7:17:21 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson