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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Sending Out an S.O.S. ...about our Catholic High Schools

Was asking around about the recent situation at (St.) Pius XI High School (reference to canonization not included in any materials from the school). You recall the recent news about a young man who was not allowed to wear long brown, woolen robes to school because he says he wanted to prepare himself to be a priest. Well, with all due respect to the local channel 4 news (owned by the the somewhat anti-Catholic Journal Communications) who wanted to try and turn the tables on the school by indicating it is somehow anti-vocations, rumor has it that the young man wants to be a priest, but was coached by TV producers to make connections between his plight and the life of Pope John Paul II. In fact, according to some staff at (St.) Pius XI High School, this upstanding young man wants to be a "Jedi priest."

This is not necessarily surprising about a potentially troubled teenager; hey who didn't want to wield a light saber once or twice. Nor is it surprising that a television news producer would spin a story to embarrass the Church. It should be noted though that neither of these facts would let the school completely off the hook here. There is still a slight little problem with the fact that, according to the news sources, there are a number of faculty who feel the young man should be able to wear his Jedi costume to school every day. Hmmmmm? What does that say about things at (St.) Pius XI H.S.?

I guess that this should come as no real surprise, this H.S. has long been the least Catholic among the high schools of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. This says alot considering what happens at the Jesuit-run Marquette, or the all-girls Divine Savior-Holy Angels. Consider this one little tidbit: the Pius faculty support a student group called S.O.S., a thinly veiled re-incarnation of the school's long running Gay Straight Alliance student group.

Once again it seems proven that the modus operendi of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, even under the naive leadership of the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, is to have inocuous titles for sleazy realities.

Oh well, another day, another festering wound.

Mike

1 Comments:

Blogger Dad29 said...

While spending a bit of time at Pius XI a few years ago, I chanced across a faculty newsletter.

The letter announced that Pius XI's wrestling team would shortly go "co-ed." Yup. Grab that babe and pin her.

The school is over-run with social causes--simply tour the hallways for a taste. Some of the "heroes" pinned to the walls are notorious anti-Catholics.

While I don't expect a martial rigor for HS kids, I never cease to be amazed at the flaccidity of "Catholic 'thought'" at that place.

Now as to comparos: Divine Savior (pre-its Holy Angels acquisition) was not regarded as a particularly Catholic institution going back to the mid-1960's. Testimony from recent (early 1990's) graduates tells me that the place is heterodox, at best.

I don't think that anyone would really want to do a "who's most heterodox" contest among the "Catholic" HS's in this Archdiocese. It would likely be the cause of several nervous or mental breakdowns.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 8:22:00 AM  

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