Saturday, October 01, 2005

To hell with the prom

A Catholic high school in New York has had it with the pagan orgy of drugs, sex, booze, conspicuous consumption and peer coercion that too often is the high school prom. Click on the headline, and look for the "March" and "September" letters linked on the site.

I wrote the principal a letter, congratulating him. How often we bemoan Catholic colleges and high schools for not doing the right thing; let's give credit where it's due...

3 comments:

CourageMan said...

I never went to any school dances, for ... um ... obvious reasons. I was such the bookworm nerd (and socially alienated for any number of reasons, though that also showed up in my being the class clown) that I had no interest and couldn't even tell you who were my class's Prom King and Queen.

DilexitPrior said...

Good job on them. Cancelling the school prom entirely could have been a solution for a Roman Catholic school in Ontario, Canada, who got taken to human rights tribunal for not allowing a young homosexual student to bring his "partner" as his date to the year end prom. Sadly the Catholic School System lost the case. They should have cancelled the prom.

http://catholiceducation.org/articles/persecution/pch0041.html

Fr. Larry Gearhart said...

I agree entirely with "dilexitprior". When the system itself becomes the problem, it's time for "the people to alter or abolish it." If the constituents refuse to do so, then those in positions of responsibility must do so, as the principal of KMHS evidently did.

If a Catholic institution can't uphold Catholic principals, it should not expect to receive support from Catholics who do. If a public institution is destructive of Catholic principles, it should not expect to receive Catholic support. It's up to Catholics to rediscover the power of the purse and the ballot box and shoeleather.