Bishop Jugis Statement: Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Well, Bishop Jugis finally issued a statement regarding the debacle at the Charlotte Catholic High School:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The past few weeks have been very difficult for Charlotte Catholic High School. We have all experienced a great deal of pain. During this difficult time I want to express my support and encouragement for all the parents, students, staff and faculty at the high school. We must move forward toward healing with charity, the hallmark of our Christian life.
Different viewpoints regarding Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel’s presentation to students on March 21, 2014, have been discussed in a variety of venues.
At the parent meeting on April 2, 2014, many expressed concern about the lack of advanced communication with parents regarding the subject matter of the assembly. Apologies were made at the meeting for that lack of advanced communication.
The content of the Church’s moral teaching was not raised as a matter of contention at the parent meeting. All of our Catholic schools are committed to hold and teach the Catholic faith in its fullness and with integrity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains an explanation of our faith and is accessible to all.
During this difficult time I support the continued work of Fr. Matthew Kauth, the chaplain; Mrs. Angela Montague and Mr. Steve Carpenter, the assistant principals; and Mr. Randy Belk, the dean of students; and all they are doing for our Charlotte Catholic High School students. All of us are indebted to them.
I am shocked to hear the disturbing reports of a lack of charity and respect at the parents’ meeting, and outside the meeting in conversations and in social media. There simply is no room in the Catholic Church for such displays of uncharitableness and disrespect. If we have failed in this regard let us make amends to God and neighbor. Even when we disagree, that disagreement should be expressed respectfully in love.
We ask the Lord Jesus Christ for His mercy and His healing as we approach the celebrations of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection. Please be assured of our continued dedication to the mission to teach and live the truth of the Catholic faith at our Charlotte Catholic High School.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
The Bishop might as well have not released the statement if all he was going to do was give an episcopal version of Rodney King’s “Can’t we all just get along?”
He has been Bishop of Charlotte for almost 11 years. After this time period he has parents and students at the Charlotte Catholic High School staging a full scale revolt against Catholic moral teaching and viciously attacking Sister Jane Dominic Laurel who had the temerity to preach Catholic doctrine at a Catholic school. He has been missing in action throughout this agitprop by enemies of the Church. Now he comes out with a statement that attempts to sidestep the whole issue. What was needed was a full throated endorsement of Catholic moral teaching in regard to marriage and sex and a pledge to get to the root of the problem at the High School where so many students and their parents obviously reject Church teaching. Instead of this we have the Bishop giving a lecture in manners, firmly focusing on the molehill instead of the mountain. The words pathetic and useless come to mind. As I noted in an earlier post, the chief lesson of this fiasco is that if a Catholic defends Church teaching in the area of sex and marriage, and those who despise Church teaching take offense, you are on your own Jack and Jane.