03 September 2014

When Catholic Schools Don't Teach the Faith, They Find It Hard to Defend the Faith

This story at STLToday covers a fairly predictable local story for these morally putrid times. Two female teachers who are pretending to be married to each other and living together in a gravely disordered relationship have been fired for violating their employment contract, which sensibly contains a conduct clause.

So far, so good for Cor Jesu. But of course there is the inevitable backlash. And while it is fueled by the professional corrupters of Western Civilization, what is unfortunately not surprising is that the backlash is led by alumnae of the school. They wish to use the usual extortionist tactics of the perversion lobby to divert finances away from the school.

If you ever want to see a compelling indictment of the state of Catholic education, read the comments section of any story in the secular press where a Catholic school attempts to stand, even minimally, for the Faith of two thousand years and for the Natural Law that has existed for as long as man has existed.

Check out this nifty bit of faith and reason from one of the alumnae protesting the firing:

Chargers Allies member Coco Fernandez, 22, an alumna of the school who now lives in Chicago, said she wants all who work and attend Cor Jesu to “feel welcomed and accepted as who they are, regardless of sexual orientation.”

Fernandez also said Reichert had been one of her favorite teachers at the school.

“She was a great role model for the girls. She was always kind,” Fernandez said.

“We are being taught to be open and accepting of everybody, and yet teachers are being fired because of their sexual orientation,” Fernandez said when speaking about her education at Cor Jesu.

That 'wisdom' is spoken by the product of a four year education that will currently run you about $50,000.00.

Enjoy the ride down the toilet, folks. Our schools are producing the aiders and abetters of our own persecution.


Anonymous said...

The only criticism of CJ's actions that seem to have any validity is the idea of selective enforcement.

Are there any CJ teachers that are openly divorced and remarried without an annulment? That would seem to violate the morals clause as well. It would seem fair to ask if the nuns know or care?

But your comments about the types of Catholics that are produced when compared to the cost of tuition are spot on.


thetimman said...


I agree with your comment on selective enforcement. It is a cogent defense, if true. I wonder if that is the way these types of firings will be attacked in light of first amendment freedom of religion jurisprudence.

Anonymous said...

The problem is not the education at Cor Jesu but the upbringing in the faith before these girls reach high school age--family, parish, Catholic elementary school, PSR.

Cor Jesu is vigorously orthodox in the faith--its sponsoring order is a CMSWR affiliate that continues to attract new vocations annually. There are more teaching sisters at Cor Jesu than at any other girls' high school in the area. For orthodox Catholic parents who want to send their daughters to a Catholic high school, there should be no other option than Cor Jesu.

Yet, sadly, there is only so much the good sisters can do when the parents of the student body have allowed their daughters to be raised not in the tenets of Holy Mother Church's teaching, but rather in the glamorously vile moral dreck that is modern secular culture.

Prayers for this fine school and all the apostolates of these faithful sisters, and for their own continued strength and fortitude.

Jack Smith said...

There is a comment on the story indicating that a janitor who remarried (opposite sex) after divorce was fired at the school, so there is some consistency.

Also, "Our schools are producing the aiders and abetters of our own persecution." It's almost universal that attorneys, journalists, activists, et. al. who attack the Church are proud graduates of Catholic (usually private) schools.

thetimman said...

Anon, (please use a name when posting), I agree that of all the traditional girls catholic high schools in the St. Louis area, Cor Jesu is the only viable option for parents who value religious instruction. But I am not contradicting myself when though I agree completely that the pre-high school formation is a major problem, there is not enough being done at the high school level even in the "better" schools.

My daughter considered Cor Jeu before ulimately deciding to homeschool. I know some fine teachers there, and I see the sisters still in habits. The way I thought of it at the time, maybe I would still say today:

If your daughter is a serious catholic going in, she would likely retain her catholic identity. Yet I don't know if she would come out of there with it if she didn't have it going in. This is your point, maybe, but I don't think that is enough to expect out of our schools. Just as pre-high school formation should take the blame, so too when appropriate the high school should as well. If the students don't get the natural law and moral theology going in, it simply must be hammered until they do.

I mean, at least there should be enough of a successful program where alumnae protesting this necessary action aren't more than a few.

Yes, they made the right call here and in the Jack Smith example. That's good. It's better than Nerinx. But that is too low a bar to measure in my opinion. Thx.

Anonymous said...

I will echo anonymous' comments about Cor Jesu and the nuns that run it with one glaring exception. The father/daughter masses are absolutely atrocious. With kids at both Cor Jesu and SLUH, and largely happy with the education they receive, we still have to be on guard and it amazes me that they still think they need to make the liturgies more teen-friendly.

The work of even the best of these schools can be undone so easily. There's simply no substitute for parents being the primary instructors of the faith.


Anonymous said...

Dear 'Coco'.....The Catholic Church has NEVER been against gay oriented people. The Church is against 'gay oriented people WHO ARE LIVING IN A GAY SEXUAL UNION. The same as heterosexual people that are living a sexual union outside of marriage. Love the sinner.....HATE THE SIN, but the Church can ill afford to condone such relationships by allowing their children to be led by wrong examples in their Catholic Schools.

Anonymous TLM

Anonymous said...

Reply to Jack...

It was the good Bishop Fulton Sheen who once said: "If you want your children to loose the faith, send them to a Catholic School."

Anonymous TLM

Jfer said...

what's interestting is that the St. Louis Archdiocese who supports this firing of gay teachers (who I agree with) ignores the controverial Girl Scout organization and their promtion of Planned Parenthood---lesbianism and more-----see http://www.100questionsforthegirlscouts.org/100/ perhaps our church leaders are giving these girls a VERY mixed message? promote by way of the Girl Scout program as youth---and then as an adult---change the game---

Susanna Spencer said...

I graduated from Cor Jesu in 2004, and I will tell you that I was hard pressed to find other students interested in the Catholic faith. Since graduation I have been pleasantly surprised when coming into contact with fellow graduates who are seeking to live full Catholic lives now.

As for the sisters and the faculty, they always were in full support of the Catholic Church, never teaching anything contrary to church teaching. Though I found the theology classes lacking in depth. I felt that my faith was more supported by a good Catholic family at home then by the people I knew at school.

And the alums I know who are speaking out against Cor Jesu, were speaking out against the Church when I knew them in high school. They also all know the Church's teachings on marriage and sexuality and reject them. We can only pray for them, that they return to the faith that they were baptized into.