Back in the olden days, politics was about public service and as such was in line with the idea of men and women for others. Either times are changing or I'm more cynical, but today politics seems to be more about preserving one's own power than public service. As political figures become less concerned about public service, they become less of a good fit for an HC commencement speaker
It was Eunice Kennedy Shriver. My late wife was involved in the Empire Games Special Olympics. Mrs Shriver regularly communicated and in fact did meet with the volunteers. She was wonderful. The Shriver family has contributed so much good to the lives of so many people.
That is sad to hear. Why does it seem that whenever he draws a line on the Church position on something, it is often drawn in quicksand.
Civil rights (BLM banner) and gay rights (rainbow banner) are not even fringe concepts anymore, they are woven into the mainstream of American Society. The T&G probably recruited him to get a free column to drive clicks and he couldn't resist.
At the PC meeting Sunday morning, 2 questions were directed to Vince Rougeau about this matter. He was obviously uncomfortable about it but went out of his way to say he and the bishop have had a cordial relationship. He also mentioned that when he drove by Nativity recently the flags were down but did not know if it was a result of an agreement with the bishop or simply down for the weekend.
One alum asked for more details being a non-Worcesterite. Vince focused on the Black Lives Matter and less on the rainbow LGBTQ flag. He made the distinction of the political aspects (my words, not his) vs. the value of black people’s lives.
He explained that many of the students at Nativity were black and brown and my impression was he was trying to keep his and Holy Cross’ distance from the controversy.
If others here also attended Sunday morning’s discussion, chime in if I have misinterpreted anything.
Word on the street is that tomorrow, the bishop will announce that the Nativity School of Worcester can no longer identify as Catholic.
The bishop's authority is not absolute in this matter. There is a process for appeals
I feel some kinship with the Nativity School. As a divorced and remarried Catholic (the requirement of an annulment is offensive) I am not allowed to take communion. Why does the Church go out of its way to alienate people? It's what the Church does best.
As I understand things, the sentence "Black Lives Matter" is not synonymous with the organization. The school is focusing on the sentence and the bishop is focusing on the organization.
In a statement from the Nativity School
. .. Though any symbol or flag can be co-opted by political groups or organizations, flying our flags is not an endorsement of any organization or ideology, they fly in support of marginalized people. . .
I understand the bishop's logic. I disagree with his action
Either way, this puts Holy Cross in an awkward position