Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, an apostolate of the St. Benedict Center, will not participate in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade this year. Bystanders won't see their float or hear their marching band. But, hey, it's a small price to pay so that those who identify sodomy with marital relations can strut their stuff at an event honoring a Catholic saint. Thank God for principal Brother Thomas Dalton who said:
“Catholics are forbidden to sponsor or even participate in an event which openly promotes unnatural and immoral behavior. The Church will never accept nor condone same sex marriage and the homosexual life style....Saint Patrick stands with Saint Paul in condemning the sin of sodomy....The name of Saint Patrick should be dropped from the parade as he would have nothing to do with the likes of it today.”LifeSiteNews reported on the school's decision saying that the parents are completely supportive. The band director Brother Peter Bracket said:
“All the Band members and their parents—although greatly disappointed in not being able to march—are fully supportive of the School’s decision. We have to remain loyal to Church teachings which states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Saint John Paul II, that ‘homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity’ and ‘are intrinsically disordered…Under no circumstances can they be approved.’ "(#2357)What a school! (Check out their web page.) I wish my older children's Alexandria Catholic high schools had been as faithful. I wouldn't have had to spend so much time at the schools fighting with the principal and teachers and correcting errors being taught in the classroom to my children.
Now if only more cardinals of the Church had the faith of this school! We would be moving a long way toward reevangelizing this country. The young are the future of the Church. Let's pray for more schools like this one. And let's pray that Cardinal Dolan acquire the faith of the little ones who attend this school.