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Worcester Bishop Robert McManus fines school over Black Lives Matter, Pride Flags

The Diocese of Worcester has told a local middle school that it can no longer identify itself as a Catholic school for disobeying the bishop’s order to dismantle its Black Lives Matter and Pride flags.

The Boston Globe reports that Worcester Bishop Robert McManus wrote to Worcester Nursery School this week that the raising of these flags in front of a Catholic school sent “a mixed, confusing and scandalous message to the public” about the attitude of the Catholic Church Church sends out on important moral issues and social issues.

The school displayed the flags for more than a year before the bishop objected. The school is a tuition-free private middle school for boys in central Massachusetts with approximately 60 students. Students had demanded that the flags be hoisted.

The diocese said it will wait until after the end of the school year to ban the school from identifying itself as a Catholic school, an order effective immediately. Masses and sacraments are no longer permitted on the school grounds.

Thomas McKenney, the school's president, said in a statement that the flags say everyone is welcome to Nativity.
Thomas McKenney, the school’s president, said in a statement that the flags say everyone is welcome to Nativity.
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Thomas McKenney, the school’s president, said in a statement on Wednesday that the flags simply say that everyone is welcome at the crèche and that this value of inclusion is ingrained in Catholic teaching. McKenney added that flying the flags was not an endorsement of any organization or ideology, “they fly in support of marginalized people.”

McManus published a letter about the flags in May. He wrote that symbols embodying specific agendas or ideologies are contrary to Catholic social and moral teaching.

Worcester Nursery School has been sanctioned by Robert J. McManus for its refusal to take down BLM and Pride flags.
Worcester Nursery School has been sanctioned by Robert J. McManus for its refusal to take down BLM and Pride flags.
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He criticized the Black Lives Matter flag for saying “a certain movement with a broader agenda has co-opted the phrase” and promoted an agenda for schools with principles that are “queer affirming” and “trans affirming” disruption of the “nuclear family.” “. He said Pride flags represent support for gay marriage.

Flags that read “No more racism” or “We are all children of God” are far more appropriate for a Catholic school, he wrote.

Nativity can challenge the bishop’s decision through the Jesuits who oversee the school. The City of Worcester raised the Black Lives Matter and Pride flags in support of the school, which vowed to continue flying the flags to show solidarity with students, their families and communities, the Globe reports.

June is also Pride Month which is known as a celebration of the LGBTQ community which includes parades and events.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/17/worcester-bishop-robert-mcmanus-punishes-school-over-black-lives-matter-pride-flags/ Worcester Bishop Robert McManus fines school over Black Lives Matter, Pride Flags

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