Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Right to Life: View of a Catholic High School?

As I was surfing the web yesterday, I can across this CNN story on the annual March for Life.

In the story, two Catholic high school students are interviewed:

Alex Perry, 16, and Will Stancil, 17, were given the day off from their school. They attend a Catholic high school in Hyattsville, Maryland, where, they said, many of their friends and classmates are pro-choice.

"There's very few who are pro-life in our school, even though it is encouraged," Perry said.

"Nobody forces it on you. No one tries to sway you one way or the other. Everyone knows it's a really personal decision," Stancil said.

Now, I am not going to come down hard on these students, they gave a very honest opinion.

But, what does it say about how good a job we are doing as Catholics, esp. our schools, if this is what are young people are thinking and saying.

Oh, the only Catholic high school that fits this bill, from Hyattsville, is DeMatha.


Anonymous said...

One of the issues here is the presence of so many non catholics in our Catholic high schools and elementary schools. Of course the official line is it makes no difference if a school has a substantial number of non catholics, we still teach the Faith. In practice, this just is not true. I'm not sure I know what the solution is, but the presence of sustantial numbers of non catholics in our schools does indeed change the culture and atmosphere of our schools. Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington are in denial about this.

Anonymous said...

How can something be "encouraged" w/out trying to "sway" people one way or the other?

What does this mean: "everyone KNOWS it's a REALLY personal decision." ?

Is murder a personal decision? Or is only the murder of babies connected to their mother by an umbilical cord (yeah, in VA 12/09 a woman smothered her baby but because it was still attached to her by the umbilical cord state did not prosecute for murder)?


There is no debate about what this means: "There's very few who are prolife in our school".

Getting the day off is not moral leadership. When these children, their parents and their
"Catholic teachers" all wind up in hell, I hope they remember that it was a personal decision. REALLY. But those who lead children to hell, there's a special place reserved for them (and I mean the PARENTS too).

Dymphna said...

It says don't waste your money on DeMatha.

Anonymous said...

You have to remember people have many reasons for attending a Catholic high school. Some are attracted by the academics, others by a high powered sports program. All too often religion and spirituality have nothing to do with it. I agree, we should not waste our money on faithless schools.