August 31, 2017

UNBELIVABLE: California Catholic school removes statues of Jesus, other icons, to be more “inclusive”

StaffRebel Columnist

When political correctness gets in the way of a Catholic school being Catholic, something is very wrong.

This is what happened with San Domenico School in San Anselmo. Many statues, including one of Baby Jesus and Mary were removed in an attempt to be more 'inclusive'.

As reported by Marinij, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and the head of school, Shannon Fitzpatrick objected to the removal in an email to the school's board of directors:

“Articulating an inclusive foundation appears to mean letting go of San Domenico’s 167-year tradition as a Dominican Catholic school and being both afraid and ashamed to celebrate one’s heritage and beliefs.

“In our time here, the word ‘Catholic’ has been removed from the mission statement, sacraments were removed from the curriculum, the lower school curriculum was changed to world religions, the logo and colors were changed to be ‘less Catholic,’ and the uniform was changed to be less Catholic."

One former student's mother, Kim Pipki, said the statues were important even to those with different religions:

“The one main statue that has everyone fired up is the baby Jesus and Mary one. It was at the center of the primary school courtyard.”

Pipki explained that the school had a ceremony where children would place a crown on the Mary statue.

“It was less about God and more about passing on some traditions,” she said. “People were shocked that the statues were pitched in the basement.”

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commented 2017-09-03 21:37:06 -0400
For those interested in this story, check out the item on Snopes:

The article gives some of the context, what actually happened, and why it became a bit of a viral story on conservative websites.

I like James Stallone’s wording: “Their fucking slogan is ‘inclusivity and diversity’.” To put it bluntly… .
commented 2017-09-01 13:52:38 -0400
James Stallone, have a nice day.
commented 2017-09-01 13:29:39 -0400
Maurice Potvin,

Thanks for confirming that you don’t know what you are talking about.

The school was always Catholic in name only and is removing statues so they can make money.

Their fucking slogan is “inclusivity and diversity”. Look at their bloody website and tell me that’s a Catholic school. It’s a school for rich kids – not for Catholic kids.
commented 2017-09-01 11:46:07 -0400
“Help parents call for the return of the Catholic statues that were removed.”

If the parents won’t resolve this on their own, then they don’t deserve help of any kind. All it takes is a large, angry delegation shouting: “If it isn’t back in 24, then our kids are out your door!”
commented 2017-09-01 11:34:40 -0400
I’m not Catholic, but I am Christian. I feel they can remove anything they want, but God is still God, they can’t remove Him. The church will always be God’s house. If I went to that church I would find another one. We need to stand up for what we believe in & being a Christian is not about cutting deals / bending our beliefs to get into the group to “include” everyone. We all know sadly, some will most definately be left behind. The ticket in is Faith & belief & of course Jesus. So if the crosses etc are removed it just makes it more difficult to bring these people into the fold in my opinion.
commented 2017-09-01 10:59:11 -0400
It’s funny. Non-Catholic Christians have had a problem with catholic statues for centuries and the church was content to ignore their concerns.
commented 2017-09-01 09:41:16 -0400
I suppose to help some grasp the story in full, maybe the headline should have read:

California Independent Catholic school removes statues of Jesus, other icons, to be more “inclusive”.

Does this make the story more or less credible?
commented 2017-09-01 09:04:09 -0400
What is the difference between this and what ISIS did to antiquities in Syria.
commented 2017-09-01 01:27:40 -0400
Jay Kelly you keep spouting the same shit. And you still cannot comprehend what others are posting.
commented 2017-09-01 01:26:55 -0400
Maurice Potvin NICE!
Sarah Stallone the only shit here is you. LMAO!
commented 2017-09-01 00:22:10 -0400
Given James Stallone’s comment and Maurice Potvin’s observation that Rebel readers are not “the sharpest tool in the shed”, I looked it up on Snopes. Turns out the school is not under the Catholic Diocese and is an Independent Catholic School (and pretty old, too — founded in 1850. Turns out they removed 6 statues, restored ten, and placed the statue of Saint Dominic, their patron, in a more prominent place near the entrance.

Turns out Potvin is right: “it’s still a Dominican (independent) Catholic school”; AND Stallone is right: “the new and improved Rebel – meaning same old shit.”
commented 2017-09-01 00:06:10 -0400
James Stallone, apparently you ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed, are you? The school’s board of directors decided to remove the statues of saints and religious icons in order to be more inclusive. In order to remove statues of saints and religious icons, those statues and icons would have had to be there in the first place, right? Are you with me so far? Good. What type of school has statues of saints and religious icons, secular or faith-based? Take your time…. think it through…. Have you thought about it?? Good! No doubt the school has become more secular over time as the percent of non-Catholic students increase, but it’s still a Dominican Catholic school.
commented 2017-08-31 23:50:35 -0400
Ironic that this is the 100th anniversary of the miracle of Fatima. Our Lady asked the three children to “pray, pray very much”.
If only we would listen.
commented 2017-08-31 23:50:24 -0400
Ironic that this is the 100th anniversary of the miracle of Fatima. Our Lady asked the three children to “pray, pray very much”.
If only we would listen.
commented 2017-08-31 22:58:34 -0400
They weren’t really Catholic schools. Do some research Rebel.

I hope this isn’t a sign of the new and improved Rebel – meaning same old shit.
commented 2017-08-31 22:26:05 -0400
Just another example of the Catholic church capitulating to the anti-Christian diktat of the machiavellian political power structure in this jurisdiction to save their land holdings and other assets as tax free status. This is the game the godless state has played with established Christian churches since the 30s. They bring them into the political sphere of influence (to essentially promote or at least not challenge the amoral secular state’s enmity and perfidy) by holding the church hostage to taxation of its assets if it doesn’t play ball. This was done in the Soviet union and leftist regimes do it here now.

I will support no church or religion which does not challenge the godless state and speak truth to power when the state acts immorally.
commented 2017-08-31 18:28:10 -0400
Boy, Old Satan couldn’t be doing a better job of destroying the Christian faith than these, ah, Christians…for whatever their reasons!
I’m assuming the board of directors of a Catholic school are going to be Christian…
commented 2017-08-31 18:22:52 -0400
Help parents call for the return of the Catholic statues that were removed. Hundreds have already signed this petition here:

Why does “Inclusion” exclude these beautiful statues of the Saints?
Why does “tolerance” reject expressions of Faith?
commented 2017-08-31 17:59:12 -0400
That school has ceased being Catholic or Christian. ((Those two words don’t always mean the same thing. Some Catholics are Christian (personal relationship with Jesus), others just fanatical practitioners of Catholics rituals, but I digress)). This marginalizing and vilification of traditional Christian institutions and values is growing in western civilization at an exponential rate, and will ultimately lead to the point were western civilization will self-destruct. I think about the late Pastor Richard Wurmbrand who spent 16 year in the Soviet gulags, being tortured almost daily to try to convince him to renounce Jesus. His wife also suffered the same fate to a slightly lesser degree. If you don’t think that can happen here in north america, think again. The slow creep has already started. Remember, Russia (Soviet Union) was a Christian nation before the communists gained power…. and these same ideas are gaining power in north america. Maybe we will learn to appreciate our relationship with Jesus (if we have one) a little more when we are tortured for it.
commented 2017-08-31 16:11:47 -0400
The school’s Board of Directors have accepted dhimmitude! Shameful!
commented 2017-08-31 15:54:59 -0400
She ain’t gonna last very long
File this one away
commented 2017-08-31 15:27:13 -0400
One piece of good news. The sup’t of HFRCD #37, publicly on the Peace River local radio station, welcomed students, parents and staff back to a new school year. Why good news? Because she cited education guided by Christ…on public radio!

AB education minister Egor, I mean Eggan, will be displeased.
commented 2017-08-31 15:25:58 -0400
comment should read, is slowly losing their rights
commented 2017-08-31 15:16:36 -0400
Figures this happened in California, where everything goes except the Catholic church. But then again that’s today’s modern world. Shut down the Catholic church because they’re so evil and want to kill everybody. It’ll eventually ramp up to completely shutting them down here in N America and if you’re a Christian you’ll be going to prison just because certain groups want Christianity wiped off the face of the earth. Typical school yard bullies pull this garbage off everyday beating up defenceless quiet victims usually 4 or 5 bullies against 1. Where’s the outrage from the Church, Christian politicians or even the public? N America is slowly their rights, shockingly with their approval.