Why are Catholics so closed- minded?

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Registered: 01-24-2012
Why are Catholics so closed- minded?
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Thu, 01-31-2013 - 9:51am

Grrr...this story makes me so mad! Transgender teacher sues Catholic prep school for alleged discrimination:

http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/11/transgender-teacher-sues-catholic-prep-school-for-alleged-discrimination/

According to the story, this teacher was well loved by the students and had previously been teaching for 32 years! But things started to downspiral for the teacher when ONE parent- ONE!- complained about his appearance. He then "came out" to his employers and admonished. Then a few months later...let go from his position.

I don't understand how his appearance and gender indentification (he still conformed to school dress codes) outweigh all the wonderful things students have said about him- he's so well admired by the students that they even started a petition in support of him. Why are Catholics so close-minded about such things?!? I think this student said it best: "We the students/alumni/ and staff of Prep are supposed to be good 'Christians' and that means not only going the extra step to be kind to others, but also that we must be accepting and loving to EVERYONE."


I know my church's motto is "open hearts, open minds, open doors" and I love them for it.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sun, 03-10-2013 - 9:05pm

I think it's ludicrous to question why any 86 year old would quit his job.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sun, 03-10-2013 - 9:03pm

Catholics are close-minded for the same reason you are: they're human.

I'm also a United Methodist and that whole open hearts, open minds, open doors doesn't work so well in practice. It's a great idea, but we are all flawed hypocrites and any philosophy that doesn't take that into account isn't going to thrive. It does make a nice slogan, though!

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sun, 02-24-2013 - 11:20am

Your question was directed to "all Catholics" as if the actions of this one private school principal and one parent was indicative of the actions and views of all Catholics. You were answered that it is not.

Catholics are people, like everyone else. They are no better or worse than Mormons or Baptists or Witnesses or Muslems or Hindus etc.. Fear of the unknown and of others is, after all,  a common trait of all humans

What would have been a better question is why is there still discrimination against transgender, gay people and those who do not fit into society's narrow definition of what is normal.

The court will deal with this issue, as it should.  That is why there are courts and laws.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sun, 02-24-2013 - 11:20am

Your question was directed to "all Catholics" as if the actions of this one private school principal and one parent was indicative of the actions and views of all Catholics. You were answered that it is not.

Catholics are people, like everyone else. They are no better or worse than Mormons or Baptists or Witnesses or Muslems or Hindus etc.. Fear of the unknown and of others is, after all,  a common trait of all humans

What would have been a better question is why is there still discrimination against transgender, gay people and those who do not fit into society's narrow definition of what is normal.

The court will deal with this issue, as it should.  That is why there are courts and laws.

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Registered: 01-24-2012
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 1:42am

Most parents send their kids to school to be educated in the "3 Rs," not to be indoctrinated in "alternative" livestyles.

Huh?? Were we reading the same article?? I didn't seen one mention or example that this teacher was "indoctrinating" the students in alternative lifestyles.


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Registered: 04-16-2009
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 12:19pm

It will make for some interesting times since that last time a Pope volunteered to resign was in 1275 (as you probably know, the two in the 1400s do not count; they were forced. The Schism and all that...).

Who knows? The guy does look frail and he is close to 86. Maybe he has some illness and he is quiting while he is still able to voice his decision. I read today that the Pope does not need anyone's approval to quit but that there is a certain procedure he has to follow- resign in Latin to all the cardinals.  And Benedict followed the precedure exactly.

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Registered: 01-04-2013
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 11:05am

jamblessedthree wrote:
Really, I have to admit I'm a little suspicous of why he resigned, Today was his last mass!
 

Why would you be suspicious? Do you think he had some ulterior motive or there's something they're not telling us?

 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 10:27am
Really, I have to admit I'm a little suspicous of why he resigned, Today was his last mass!

 

 

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 7:18pm

Different story here. Private schools are not better than public schools.

The non-Catholic schools here offer a stronger second language education program and enrichment program for intellectually gifted students.  They also have higher benchmark test scores and generally better teachers plus, in high school, less bullying and a more inclusive atmosphere.

By the way, it will be interesting to see who will be the next pope?

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 7:18pm

Different story here. Private schools are not better than public schools.

The non-Catholic schools here offer a stronger second language education program and enrichment program for intellectually gifted students.  They also have higher benchmark test scores and generally better teachers plus, in high school, less bullying and a more inclusive atmosphere.

By the way, it will be interesting to see who will be the next pope?

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