North Carolina bishop says school assembly a 'difficult time' for all
Catholic News Service
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Bishop Peter J. Jugis called the controversy over a recent presentation on human sexuality at Charlotte Catholic High School "a difficult time" that has caused everyone "a great deal of pain."
The all-school assembly March 21 featured a presentation by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican from Nashville, Tenn., and a frequent speaker in the Diocese of Charlotte. Sister Jane spoke on "Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift," which explained Catholic teaching about gender using Blessed Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body.
Sister Jane's March 21 address to students, which was arranged by Father Matthew Kauth, the school's chaplain, was based on a series of instructional videos she created for Aquinas College in Nashville where she is an associate professor. She has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
Sister Jane spent about half of her hourlong talk on homosexuality, including attributing a correlation between the decline of fatherhood in America and the rise in homosexuality. That drew the ire of students and parents over the past three weeks, boiling over in a meeting April 2 at the high school with more than 900 parents present.
In his statement, Bishop Jugis said, "I am shocked to hear the disturbing reports of a lack of charity and respect at the parents' meeting, and outside the meeting in conversations and in social media. There simply is no room in the Catholic Church for such displays of uncharitableness and disrespect.
"If we have failed in this regard let us make amends to God and neighbor. Even when we disagree, that disagreement should be expressed respectfully in love."
The bishop was unable to attend the April 2 meeting because he was presiding at a church dedication elsewhere in the diocese
Bishop Jugis also emphasized in his statement, "All of our Catholic schools are committed to hold and teach the Catholic faith in its fullness and with integrity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains an explanation of our faith and is accessible to all."