Remind Me Again Which Part of the Bible Says Black Lives Don’t MatterComments
As always, the Catholic Church is really demonstrating the spirit of Christ:
The students at a predominantly Black Catholic middle school in Worcester, Mass., had resoundingly expressed their wishes in January 2021: They wanted Black Lives Matter and Pride flags flown over their place of learning to signal inclusivity.
More than a year later, however, Bishop Robert J. McManus of the Diocese of Worcester told officials at the Nativity School to remove the flags, which are meant to support justice and equality for Black and L.G.B.T.Q. people, saying that the school would be “prohibited from identifying itself as a Catholic school” if it did not comply.
The school refused. This week, Bishop McManus said in a letter that he had “no other option” but to declare the school as no longer Catholic
.“It is my sacred duty and inherent responsibility to determine when a school claiming to be ‘Catholic’ is acting in such a way that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church and disregards my legitimate authority,” Bishop McManus wrote in a decree published on Thursday.
He added that the school “may no longer use the title ‘Catholic’ to describe itself.”
Thomas McKenney, the president of the Nativity School of Worcester, said in an open letter that the school would appeal the decision and continue to display the flags “to give visible witness to the school’s solidarity with our students, families and their communities.”
As of Saturday, the school still listed its religious affiliation as Roman Catholic on its website.
Mr. McKenney and Bishop McManus did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment on Saturday.The clash at the school — which is Jesuit-run, tuition-free and serves boys experiencing economic insecurity — comes as the Catholic church’s stance on L.G.B.T.Q. rights continues to confuse and frustrate L.G.B.T.Q. people, who have heard mixed messages from the Vatican.
Now, if you want to say the Bible is anti-gay, you can thanks to that flaming asshole Paul. It’s sickening to try and enforce a line or two out of ancient texts to hurt people today, but at least you can make the argument that it’s in the foundational documents. But where is the Bible is Black Lives Matter some sort of violation of faith, even one as completely disconnected from the actual Bible itself as Catholicism? For that matter, where in the long history of Catholic theology can you argue that Black Lives Don’t Matter? Because I don’t know of anything.
Or….just maybe this is another racist Irish-American priest using his power to hurt people. We’ve sure never seen that before!