Saturday, May 24, 2014
DOES A TEACHER IN A CATHOLIC SCHOOL HAVE A RIGHT TO PROSELYTIZE OUR CHILDREN AWAY FROM THE MORAL TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
recruiting someone to join one's party, institution, or cause. There is a big difference between proselyting and evangelization in the Catholic Church. Proselytizing is a bit subversive with the intention to draw others away from their own affiliations be it religious, or otherwise.
The mission of Catholic institutions, which is the mission of Christ, is to propagate the Catholic faith. Our schools, in particular, were founded in a time when there was rampant anti-Catholicism even secular schools and the Catholic Faith was denigrated. Thus the system of parochial and private Catholic schools developed nationally.
Does an employee of our Catholic schools have a right to "proselytize" the children under the care of our Catholic school to beliefs and practices that contradict the Catholic faith and her moral teachings ? No! It would be grounds for dismissal, no matter how competent they are in their subject matter, no matter how nice they are and no matter what a good role model they are in other ways.
Secularism that denigrates the Church's teachings on sexuality, marriage and the right to life have no room in a Catholic school. If a teacher in a Catholic school begins to live a lifestyle that is opposed to the Church's teachings and then makes public that lifestyle in a sanctioned legal contract, that person thus begins to proselytize their beliefs in a public way to our children in our Catholic schools thus diminishing the mission and purpose of our Catholic schools.
If a Catholic teacher in one of our schools left the Catholic Church in a public way, joined a fundamentalist Church or another religion altogether and then began to influence our children in the direction of her beliefs that contradict the faith and morals of the Church, she would be dismissed and justly so, no matter how nice she was, how competent she was as a teacher and no matter how good a role model she was.
Am I missing something?