Bishop strips faculty’s Catholic standing for flying Black Lives Matter flag

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) motion is a risk to Catholic values, a US bishop claimed as he stripped a faculty of its standing for flying BLM and Gay Pride flags.

The bishop of the diocese of Worcester in Massachusetts ordered a Catholic middle-school to take away each a BLM and Gay Pride flag from its campus after scholars, nearly all of whom are other people of color, asked for them to be flown to precise beef up for inclusivity.

Bishop Robert McManus instructed the Nativity School in Worcester, Massachusetts, that the flags despatched a “confusing and scandalous message” and sought to “disrupt the family structure”.

“It is my contention that the Gay Pride flag represents support of gay marriage and actively living a LGBTQ+ lifestyle,” he mentioned. “This is also true of Black Lives Matter.”

School resists removing

After elevating the flags in 2021, the varsity resisted calls for through the Diocese of Worcester for them to be got rid of, in spite of warnings it could be banned from figuring out as a Catholic faculty if it failed to take action.

In a decree issued this week, Bishop McManus mentioned he had “no other option” however to apply via on his risk.

The decree additionally prohibits the varsity from appearing mass or sacraments on its premises or any inside its Diocese.

The faculty is additional banned from any fundraising involving establishments connected to the Diocese of Worcester.

The Nativity School has mentioned it’s going to attraction the verdict.

At the similar time, its president Thomas McKenney, mentioned the varsity had made up our minds to proceed flying the flags out of doors its construction “to give visible witness to the school’s solidarity with our students, families, and their communities”.

Mr McKenney famous that Pope Francis had “praised the outreach and inclusion of LGBTQ+ people” whilst america Conference of Catholic Bishops had supported the BLM motion.

“Though any symbol or flag can be co-opted by political groups or organisations, flying our flags is not an endorsement of any organisation or ideology, they fly in support of marginalised people,” he added.

‘BLM seeks to disrupt the family structure’

In his decree, Bishop McManus mentioned that the church “stands unequivocally behind the phrase ‘black lives matter’”.

However he mentioned the BLM motion threatened Catholic teachings at the nuclear circle of relatives. In a now-deleted segment of its site, BLM mentioned it sought to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure by supporting each other as extended families.. that collectively care for one another, especially our children”.

The motion “promotes a platform that directly contradicts Catholic social teaching on the importance and role of the nuclear family and seeks to disrupt the family structure,” he mentioned.

“It is my contention that the Gay Pride flag represents support of gay marriage and actively living a LGBTQ+ lifestyle. This is also true of Black Lives Matter,” he mentioned.

School not likely to undergo financially

The Diocese’s ruling has been criticised through the varsity’s folks and body of workers.

The Jesuit boys faculty caters to kids elderly 10 to fourteen from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Some famous that it got here all the way through Pride Month and forward of “Juneteenth”, a brand new nationwide vacation to commemorate the tip of slavery.

Ray Delisle, a spokesman for the Diocese of Worcester, mentioned the Bishop had waited to factor the order after the varsity yr.

He added the decree’s language “affirms our responsibility to love everyone regardless of race”.

The faculty is not likely to undergo financially from the ruling, given it’s funded via non-public donors, foundations and firms.

“We receive no funding from the Diocese and our governance and control of school operations are fully independent of the Diocese,” its president mentioned.

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