Read the letter above, it makes clear what the Bishop thinks. Like the original policy document it’s for internal use only. Parents, you’re not on a need to know basis.
This blog has made no comment on the LGBT community or what adults choose to do. We remind you that everyone is accepted into and accommodated by the public school system which we all already pay for. However we do believe that people have the freedom of association, as in association in private schools, and that children have a right to a period of innocence especially before puberty. We also believe that everyone has freedom of speech and that the Church and parents have the right to express an opinion on what is good or bad for children. That being said we believe it is complete hypocrisy for a man to be funded by a free association of people in a Church while undermining the teachings of that Church and the very purpose of the schools it runs. It is even worse to do so while claiming to not be doing so and hiding the subversion from families. If this is how the Church is to be run there is no point in paying for a Catholic school, young families have a hard enough time as it is since 2008. The Cathedraticum is a tax the Diocese imposes on every parish to pay the Chancery staff and the Bishop. Along with the annual Catholic Stewardship appeal this is how Church leaders are funded. If you give to a parish they tax your donation. Unfortunately if you are unhappy with this situation you have to quit funding your parish for a time. We remind you that you are already paying for public schools that you may enroll your children in at any time. Jefferson City is beginning a brand new High School to be finished in 2019.
Bishop Gaydos is a master of words but also a master of underestimating the intelligence of Catholic families. He isn’t mandating that schools accept transgender students but he is, as he says, allowing his priests to do so. Since he has absolute authority over the priests in his Diocese, “allowing” has the same effect as mandating. No one priest must do so but some will. He also claims that blogs, emails, and newsletters (Are there any newsletters left in 2017?) are running a misinformation campaign. It’s not MIS information, it’s HIS information. Read the documents, read this letter, read their interview in the paper. We’re just pointing out the logical conclusion of their words, that’s what the words actually mean and what they will actually do, not what he wants you to think they mean. For example, “We probably are in the lead,” Sister Elizabeth Youngs, the diocese’s superintendent of Catholic schools, told the News Tribune of how she views the diocese as a forerunner among other U.S. dioceses when it comes to crafting guidance on inclusion of students from families headed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, unmarried or divorced parents. “We’re following the same guidance that every diocese in the United States has followed,” Young said.
How can they be in the LEAD yet also be FOLLOWING what every other Diocese has done? They pillory themselves. That’s what happens when you are trying really hard to hide something and then when caught you can’t tell the truth about trying to hide it. He’s going to have to start doing the interviews himself so the sentences don’t get tied up in knots. Or just tell the truth.
Dear Chancery Staff,
Let’s dialogue. If it’s a good idea to admit transgender students to Catholic schools then tell the faithful donors why and lead them in that direction. Show them where the USCCB backs you up. Let the parents decide.