The petition found the “ideas expressed to be both offensive and unnecessarily derogatory.We are incensed that you knew the content of this speech and allowed these ideas to be expressed in a school that should be preaching love and acceptance.” Specifically the petition said children can thrive even if their parents are divorced, same-sex couples can raise successful children, homosexuality does not occur because of a parent’s shortcoming, masturbation or pornography.
That talk had the gay stuff in it and it was received positively.
And this is where the real story of the nun’s lecture comes to light. She was collateral damage for those who wanted the scalp of Father Kauth and even more want to stem encroaching orthodoxy from this otherwise Catholic-light enclave.
The larger story is about how the dissenting Church is dying in Charlotte, North Carolina and this is perhaps its dying gasps.
The angry Tweets started before the nun’s talk ended. ” followed by a supportive amen chorus, “We got you, man.” Such was the level of debate that began even before the end of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel’s talk to an all-school assembly at Charlotte Catholic High School last month.
The nun’s talked roiled the school, her religious congregation and the college where she teaches for weeks, became an internet sensation and a national scandal, and it appears to have started with students only half listening followed by a cacophony on social media, all the while egged on by faculty and a group of divorced parents.
So quickly did the poison build up in the school—what with teachers fanning the flames, parents in irregular relationships stoking the fire, dissenting nuns and perhaps a few grey-haired priests lending a hand, and all the largely unformed students wanting to be “fair” and “loving” and “non-judgmental”—the diocese decided to have an all-parents meeting to let off some steam.