@sandomenicoschool in San Anselmo, California, has removed and relocated a number of Catholic statues in order to be more inclusive of other religions, sparking strong reactions from parents of students who attend the allegedly “Catholic” school.
Thus far, the school has removed and relocated all but 18 of their 180 Catholic icons and statues. The head of the school’s board of trustees, Amy Skewes-Cox, claims such removals are “completely in compliance” with school rules.
Kim Pipki, whose daughter used to attend San Domenico, recalled the removal of the statue of baby Jesus and Mary as particularly contentious.
“The one main statue that has everyone fired up is the baby Jesus and Mary one,” said Pipki. “It was at the center of the primary school courtyard.”
“It was less about God and more about passing on some traditions,” the mother noted. “People were shocked that the statues were pitched in the basement.”
Shannon Fitzpatrick, whose eight-year-old daughter currently attends Domenico, wrote an email to school officials and the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael expressing her disapproval of the so-called inclusive changes, suggesting their version of “inclusion” apparently means gutting Catholicism from the school altogether.
“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,” wrote Fitzpatrick.
“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,“ she continued.
The mother said she first became alarmed by the school’s changes last year, when San Domenico removed “first reconciliation and first communion from the second-grade curriculum.”
And matters are only getting worse at this school, all in order to be “inclusive.”
It is time to replace the staff at @sandomenicoschool with real Catholics that will stand up for their faith.
#CatholicConnect (at San Domenico)