“Christianity elevates our human nature,” writes Mother Angelica, “…with your eyes set on a higher reality.” That sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? Reading Mother Angelica, I want to know what that higher reality looks like.
Then, looking out at the human nature unleashed upon the world by Mother Angelica’s Catholic Church, I’m wondering why anyone would want her idea of elevation.
Up in the town of Cornwall, Ontario, there’s a Catholic school that’s so afraid of the diversity of human nature that it has banned students from displaying the rainbow. The Administration of St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School is afraid that a rainbow might represent equal rights for homosexual Canadians, so they’ve made it policy to eradicate the rainbow from within school walls.
Presumably, they’ll have to ban prisms from science classes and leaded glass from the windows. What a way to prepare children for the larger world.
However, the power of God, as channeled through the church hierarchy all the way through the administration of the St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School, doesn’t seem to have much impact these days. Students at the school are asserting their belief in the right of all human beings to be treated with dignity and granted legal equality, whatever their sexuality. The students have formed an unofficial group that brings together students of all sexual orientations.
The student organization raised 200 dollars, which it planned to donate to a telephone support line for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School could not tolerate the idea of youth getting support not in accordance with Catholic dogma, however, so the school stole the money from the student group and gave it to a Catholic organization instead.