A Independent Catholic school in San Anselmo, California has removed religious statues from its campus including one of Mary and baby Jesus, in order not to alienate children of other faiths.
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, which were approved by the board and the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael last year. Of the 660 students who attend the school, 121 are boarding students and 98 of these are international students from British Columbia, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mexico, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. The students attending San Domenico come from a variety of religious backgrounds besides Christianity: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.
Parents of students at a Catholic school area are protesting decision to remove a more than 160 statues, especially those of Jesus and Mary,in an effort to make the school more “inclusive.” the Marin Independent Journal reported.
“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 parent Shannon Fitzpatrick in an email to school decision makers.
A Catholic school in California has angered several parents by stripping its campus and curriculum of Catholic statues and teachings, ostensibly to be more inclusive.
“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,” reads an email to school leadership from Shannon Fitzpatrick, mother of one of the school’s students.
Fitzpatrick said other parents raised similar concerns that the school was abandoning its faith, and that many are angered that the school did not notify them of the changes before enrolling their children for the next year.