Monday, January 6, 2014

The Twitwits of Eastside Catholic

Not content with having created a bad situation and exposed their mind-blowing ignorance of basic Catholic teaching all over the country, Eastside Catholic's ignoramuses and Twitwits want to make even bigger idiots of themselves--and they're inviting other Catholic school students to do the same:
Students from Eastside Catholic High School and other Catholic secondary schools  delivered a message outside the Archdiocese of Seattle on Saturday afternoon:  We are not going away, and we are taking our protest to a new level.

“We care too much about Mr. Zmuda to let this go,” said Ian Edwards, a senior at Eastside Catholic, after speaking at the second demonstration in as many weeks outside the old chancery of the archdiocese.

With social media at their disposal, the students are thinking big. They plan to organize, nationwide, a  “Z-Day” on Jan. 31 to protest the forced resignation of Eastside vice principal Mark Zmuda after his same-sex marriage last summer.

“We encourage students, at Catholic schools or otherwise, as well as any other impassioned individuals, to proudly wear the color orange on that day. In so doing, we will be showing solidarity with Mark Zmuda, as well as expressing our hopes for an enlightened perspective on issues of sexuality in the Catholic Church,” said a statement read by Edwards and other students.

Let me translate that for you:

We, the students of Eastside Catholic, are abysmally, woefully stupid about our faith.  We understand nothing of Church teaching, and we demand the right to think with our genitals, as we have never learned to use our brains.  Thus, we support the right of all of our teachers to teach us how to hate the Church and all of her teachings, which we have never bothered to learn, since we're usually too busy getting laid (safe sex, people!) in the back seats of our mommies' Volvos (tm) after school to do any homework (not that our religion class homework would help, because our religion teachers have never taught us any of the doctrines of the Catholic faith, but only to love ourselves and our inner hippie children and also to recycle, 'cause, you know, it's mean to the planet to throw plastic bottles in the trash; we've never even seen a Catechism, and wouldn't recognize one if it hit us in the head, though since we don't use our brains at all getting hit in the head with a Catechism wouldn't actually hurt us any).  Thus, we see no reason why a male person who claims to be "married" to another male person would not be an excellent teacher for us, since he will teach us to despise Church teaching even more than we already do (while simultaneously helping us to remain in total ignorance of it and, indeed, staying at the intellectual and philosophical level of toddlers, given that we can't think about anything more serious than a cartoon without getting a headache).  We demand the Church change her teachings to suit us, or else we'll go all Twitter on the Archdiocese, because if Luther had had Twitter it would have been like awesome or something--besides, we're actually stupid enough to think the Church will change her ancient teachings to make us feel better about ourselves, even though that hasn't worked for any of the other heretics who have come along (oh, wait--what's a heretic?  Is that, like, a compliment?).

I hope Archbishop Sartain will quickly end this nonsense.  I honestly wish he'd simply close Eastside Catholic High School immediately.  If the teachers have to be paid anyway, so be it--but there's no reason to allow a festering cesspool of heretical idiocy to continue to spew forth its toxic fumes of ignorance and malice all over the other high schools in the area (though several of them have enough heretical idiocy of their own they'd better get busy addressing now, before they find themselves in a similar situation).  Let the spoiled darlings of Eastside Catholic fend for themselves in Seattle's fine public high schools, which would suit their irreligious and blasphemous minds better anyway.  It's about time somebody taught these overindulged little monsters that a real Catholic education is a privilege, not a right--and it's a privilege they clearly and demonstrably don't deserve. 


John InEastTX said...

No snark when I ask this, Red - when you write about these sorts of things that really anger you, do you also pray about situation and commit it to God's Will?

Red Cardigan said...

Sure, John--but sometimes it takes me a bit to get to that point. :)

I think the things that make me angriest about this are twofold: one, I went to a "Catholic" high school in Seattle that was proudly churning out heretics back about 30 years ago, and clearly nothing has changed; and two, parents are paying almost 19 grand a year for the privilege of having their children lose their immortal souls. It's just a hideous situation, and if anything, I'm praying that *this* archbishop will finally do something about it.

Pat said...

No snark either, but, (1) boy, you hate rich people and (2) why should the school fall on its sword over this? It's only 1 issue. Half the faculty also flouts RC teaching. A superior secondary education is more than understanding and obeying RC rules on sex.

Lastly, your posts on this speak as though EC parents pay tuition so their kids can learn the Hail Mary. From experience I can tell you, they do not.

Red Cardigan said...

Reader "David" emailed me the following comment as he's unable to comment directly just now; I want to share it because even though I don't agree with all of it I think it adds an interesting element to the discussion:


I wouldn't place bets on the students' knowledge or catechesis, nor ask them to argue in my stead on the topic, but ignorance doesn't mean their points of view are wrong. The fool and the well-read genius could agree that the moon is made of curd and be equally wrong, while the genius might have more lengthy explanations of the curd's consistency and existence (and I cue the phantasm of Robert George to nod in assert).

It angers me in the opposite direction as you. And I fear there might be another firing in the next few weeks if they're consistent. I live in the Seattle area and heard this on the radio on the way home this evening:

But I do kind of feel for the Church here. If you hire a celibate gay person, who I hopefully have not misunderstood would be in accordance with the teaching, and they then then change their views and are consequentially fired, it's bad image all the way down. Any Catholic establishment doesn't really have many options with gays, it seems. Hire them, be open to quite hideous examples of hypocrisy. Don't hire them and be labeled as discriminatory. The idealist in me hopes for the sticking with convictions, but I don't know. The whole Dolan/Lagone affair over St. Patrick's Cathedral last week doesn't give me much faith. Of course, I'm not Catholic, but it didn't help my cynicism.

Barbara C. said...

Sartain hasn't been in Seattle very long; I think two years. And I think he's been busy dealing with the "poor attacked nuns" of the LCWR most of that time.

He used to be our bishop,and I have a fairly favorable impression of him. I doubt he'll shut the school down, because that would cause a whole heap of trouble that would do more harm than good. Communities do not take it kindly when their schools are shut down by the Diocese, even if it is absolutely necessary. To shut down Eastside would probably alienate a lot of people.

I went to a semi-heretical school and I still get angry over all of the things that I was mistaught or never taught. However, sometimes just having that culture and community and what few scraps of truth the school can offer can be enough to keep the connection with the Church as teenagers turn into young adults and then older adults.

And, there are still a lot of people (including me) that are still angry about how the Diocese lied through its teeth when they shut my high school down a decade ago. (They sold the building before they ever told the principal the school was closing, and when people protested the closing the Diocese said that if x amount of money was raised it could stay open. Then they still closed it after the money was raised and refused to authorize the school in a different location. My school had existed for almost 200 years.)

Hopefully, Sartain can turn his attention to reforms in the Seattle schools soon enough, but short of making the parents pass catechism tests themselves it is really hard to keep Catholic schools from being used as "private schools founded by Catholics".

The school is obviously trying to do the right thing by firing the teacher. And even if the school taught everything right, it does no good if the it isn't being backed up at home. If anything, the parents should be stepping up and telling their children to sit down and shut up.

Red Cardigan said...

What David points out above is, to me, important: what does the Church do, going forward?

It would be wrong--I think--to refuse to hire anyone who is gay, especially if they say they are celibate and quite willing to live according to Church teaching. But Church employers may become vary wary about doing so if these kinds of cases continue to grab national attention. I don't know what the answer is, but I do know that it is the Church's attempt to work with gay people as much as they can that is getting us in trouble here--yet I would oppose very much a push to avoid hiring gay people based on orientation alone, and I think most Catholics would agree with me.

Pat said...

hey thanks for printing my comment above. i wasnt very polite. my friend died suddenly and i was itching for a fight, i think. i still mean what i write, i just usually try to be more polite and I usually try to post things that add to a discussion as opposed to just run off at the mouth. peace out.

Barbara C. said...

Interestingly, one of the men I admired most in my life was a gay man who taught at our brother school. He was also our drama director and eventually became principal of the boys' school. Everyone suspected he was gay, but no one ever saw any immoral coming out of the closet, no bringing a boyfriend to school functions. As far as we know he was chaste, at least in the time I knew him. (He was temporarily the guardian of one of my friends so I saw him some outside of school, too.)

But he was incredibly smart and kind and tough and demanding and caring. He held us all to high standards. And when he died of cancer a few years ago, he left the world a better place with the lives he touched.

Red Cardigan said...

Pat, no worries. I'll keep you and your friend (and the family) in my prayers. Sudden losses are always so hard. God bless.