Faithful Catholics are praising the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, who walked out of their classrooms at Marin Catholic High School near San Francisco last Friday on the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) Day of Silence, devoted to promoting the militant LGBT agenda among young people in school.
As Dr. Daniel Guernsey, director of K-12 programs at the Cardinal Newman Society, notes at Crisis Magazine, the leftwing San Francisco Sentinel trashed the sisters as “pro-bullying” nuns who refuse “to protect gay and lesbian high school teens from bullying.”
The nuns’s walkout on the Day of Silence comes amid attacks on San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone who has stood up to pressure from the left after reinforcing that those who teach in his archdiocese’s Catholic schools must follow Catholic teachings, including those on human sexuality.
What really happened last week at the school is that a positive, acceptable message of stopping bullying in school was clouded and possibly manipulated by a national agenda of pushing errant teaching on human sexuality that left the sisters in an initially uncomfortable situation. However, the situation has now afforded the school an opportunity for both a reaffirmation of the protection and dignity for all students, and for a clearer understanding of the beauty of God’s plan for human sexuality.
Guernsey explains that on the day before the Day of Silence, an email was sent out at Marin Catholic, informing faculty there would be a moment of silence for the bullied and marginalized. However, GLSEN was at work undermining the school’s message and plotting for organized participation in the pro-LGBT event.
Postings about the Day of Silence went up on the school’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, with a notice that the day was being promoted by the #teachacceptance movement” that would be providing flyers and stickers at every door of the school the following morning.
The school, Guernsey says, later released a memo stating, “Unfortunately our school’s official message became compromised and misinterpreted Thursday night when it became associated through Facebook with an activist group with which we are not affiliated or align.”
An email from one of the sisters revealed that they realized students were feeling pressured to accept and wear stickers, and that the sisters grew concerned about the tension in the school and the confused message—inconsistent with Catholic teachings—that was being delivered to students.
National Catholic Register reports the GLSEN literature described “community oppression” as “oppression that one experiences within a community to which they belong. Example: A lesbian attends a house of worship that preaches homosexuality is a sin.”
Guernsey reports that when the sisters decided to walk out, the school administration issued the following letter to the community:
Because that organization and its funders publicize sentiments that many construe as counter to our Catholic mission, our Dominican Sisters were offended and felt compromised. The Sisters had to make a decision in real time to leave campus until this issue could be resolved and spoke to both of us prior to doing so. This decision, however, further confused the students and created some false rumors about the Sisters not caring for students who feel bullied, ostracized or marginalized. As we know from past experience, this could not be further from the truth.
The sisters, Guernsey said, later used the events as a teachable moment for students, explaining the Church’s teaching on marriage between one man and one woman, and also that the Church does not support bullying, but respects and treats with dignity all who have different beliefs.
As Breitbart News reported previously in April, a Day of Silence Walkout was organized by parents, family, and religious organizations to counter militant LGBT groups such as GLSEN that have attempted to infiltrate public schools to promote their agenda under the guise of “anti-bullying” efforts.
GLSEN was founded by gay activist and former Obama administration “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings, who currently serves as executive director of the Arcus Foundation, a powerful LGBT activist organization that aided President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign as a top bundler. Arcus, founded by billionaire and heir of the Stryker medical technology company, Jon Stryker, provides “social justice grants” to “support emerging LGBT leaders.”