On Thursday, a Catholic bishop in Worcester, Massachusetts issued a decree towards The Nativity College, a Jesuit-run personal center college in Central Massachusetts, for ignoring his attraction to not show flags supporting LGBT satisfaction and the Black Lives Matter motion.
The college defied his request to take down the flags. Because of this, Bishop Robert J. McManus of the Diocese of Worcester has revoked the “Catholic” title from the college.
The next are the punishments towards Nativity College:
- The Nativity College of Worcester is prohibited from this time ahead from figuring out itself as a “Catholic” college and should not use the title “Catholic” to explain itself;
- Mass, sacraments and sacramentals are not permitted to be celebrated on Nativity College premises or be sponsored by Nativity College in any church constructing or chapel inside the Diocese of Worcester;
- The Nativity College just isn’t allowed to undertake any fundraising involving diocesan establishments within the Diocese of Worcester and isn’t permitted to be listed or promote within the Diocesan Listing;
- The title of Bishop Emeritus Daniel P. Reilly have to be faraway from the checklist of the Board of Trustees of Nativity College.
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Learn the total decree under printed in The Catholic Free Press, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Worcester:
The Nativity College, situated at 37 Lincoln Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts, was established in 2003 and developed by the senior administration of the Faculty of the Holy Cross of Worcester to handle the devastating commencement fee amongst boys experiencing financial insecurity. It presently serves boys in grades 5 by eight.
The college claims to be a “Catholic” college affiliated with the Roman Catholic/Jesuit custom. The administration of the college has permitted the flying of “Black Lives Matter” and “Homosexual Delight” flags in entrance of the college for a time frame.
I publicly acknowledged in an open letter dated, Could 4, 2022, that “these symbols (flags) embody particular agendas or ideologies (that) contradict Catholic social and ethical instructing.” It’s my competition that the “Homosexual Delight” flag represents assist of homosexual marriage and actively dwelling a LGBTQ+ life-style.
That is additionally true of “Black Lives Matter.” The Catholic Church teaches that every one life is sacred and the Church definitely stands unequivocally behind the phrase “black lives matter” and strongly affirms that every one lives matter.
Nonetheless, the “Black Lives Matter” motion has co-opted the phrase and promotes a platform that instantly contradicts Catholic social instructing on the significance and position of the nuclear household and seeks to disrupt the household construction in clear opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The flying of those flags in entrance of a Catholic college sends a combined, complicated and scandalous message to the general public concerning the Church’s stance on these necessary ethical and social points.
Based on canon 803, §§ 1-3, of the Code of Canon Legislation, the Diocesan Bishop should preserve vigilance over Catholic Colleges inside his Diocese, even these operated by lay teams who search the usage of the title “Catholic” for his or her faculties. Such utilization requires ecclesiastical approbation (canon 803, §3).
An ‘Instruction’ just lately printed by the Holy See by the Dicastery for Catholic Training, entitled “The Identification of the Catholic College for a Tradition of Dialogue,” acknowledged that “Catholic faculties are part of the Church’s mission (par. 21) and have the good accountability to bear witness by an schooling venture clearly impressed by the Gospel (par. 28). Catholic faculties are ecclesial entities. As such they take part within the evangelizing mission of the Church and characterize the privileged atmosphere by which the Church’s schooling is carried out.” (par. 30)
As Diocesan Bishop, it’s my sacred obligation and inherent accountability to find out when a college claiming to be “Catholic” is appearing in such a manner that’s opposite to the teachings of the Catholic Church and disregards my professional authority because the guardian and overseer of Catholic schooling within the Diocese of Worcester. Regardless of my insistence that the college administration take away these flags due to the confusion and the correctly theological scandal that they do and may promote, they refuse to take action. This leaves me no different possibility however to take canonical motion.
This decree is efficient instantly.