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.”