Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A Loretto High School Student Stands Up and Speak Out. Again.

And again, there are plenty of Reasonable and Foolable commentors lining up to take shots at her! Why? Her mother helped get the Planned Parenthood volunteer that taught drama at her school fired. Like she should have been. Ms. Sills and her family deserve praise for their witness. Listen to her motivation:
Let me tell you the whole story. My family was not originally as pro-life as we are now. Actually, it all started at Loretto. In my freshman year in our Sexuality and Spirituality class, we had to research abortion, develop an opinion, and give a presentation to the class. That night I went home and was reading some websites. It was then that I realized that there really was no argument. You can see what I have to say on it here. I realized that if abortion is the ending of a human life, I would need to do whatever I could to protect that life. When I shared all of this with my family, they agreed. We had always made small donations to the Life Center, but after this touched our hearts, we knew we had to do more. Since then, we have gone to abortion clinics, passed out literature on fetal development and the facts of abortion, and have offered to help women in any way we can.

I have gone to the Planned Parenthood mentioned in this article and have seen this individual as an escort there. I know that many people do not know what exactly an escort does, but a blogger named"Naaman the Ex-leper" was formerly an abortion clinic escort and explains it here. When I started school and saw Ms. Bain, I just thought that they looked very similar. I mentioned this to my mom and she could not believe it. Others who go to abortion clinics with us document their time there with pictures, not of the "clients" but of the long term employees and escort activity in general just so any falsehood that the abortion clinic decides to tell can be easily disproved.

The article mentions the "brochures" that were handed out last year in our Sexuality and Spiritualty class. These "brochures" were actually business cards that were labeled "Just in Case" and listed emergency numbers and "helpful" websites. One of these websites was teenwire.com, which is Planned Parenthood's teen outreach. If you visit this website, I'm sure you can understand why my family would be opposed to such a website being distributed at this Catholic high school.

Interestingly, the Sacramento Bee chose to interview Kathryn Wahlberg. Kathryn and I are both sophomores and we consider each other friends. We know what each other's views are, but we don't let that interfere with our friendship.

At a Catholic school, people can reasonably expect that the staff will support Catholic teaching. This does not mean that the teachers have to be Catholic. I have had many teachers that I admire and are not Catholic. However, Ms. Bain did not just disagree with the Church. Her moral identity is in direct conflict. John Paul II states that abortion "is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being," and that "it is contrary to the law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church." This was not some small issue. When a teacher at a Catholic school has actively demonstrated that her beliefs are contrary to the Church on an issue that the Church believes is "deliberate killing", something is very wrong.
Stand Up for Katelyn Sills here! Let loose the hounds of laughter, Fools! Bum-rush her comment boxes and pour out your hysteria on all the nay-sayers and haters that are shocked (shocked!) Ms. Sills stands and delivers for the gospel. Let her know she does not stand alone!

Hat tip to Mark Shea.

Update: What a firestorm! I read every comment--including the venemous opening salvos by hurt students and enabling parents. It's amazing what Foolable folks will do to obscure the truth and hold on to their fuzzy-feeling rosy shades!

Anyways, I offered my support:

You and your family dared to speak up for the Gospel. Many of those that say they share your faith have attacked you for defending it. They want you silent; they want to go on believing that "private" thoughts have no public consequences. They insist that integrity is made of stronger stuff than that.

Rejoice, Katelyn. For you now stand in the best company:
10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.Matthew 5: 10-12
You have spoken the Truth in Love. I pray I have your courage one day. God bless you and your family. Stay strong in the Lord; remember, he is with you always!

To Katelyn's detractors,

Have you no decency? Have you know prudence?

How does personally attacking a sister Catholic accomplish anything? You completely misunderstand why Ms. Bain's behavior jeopardized the education of all Loretta students. Instead of acknowledging your ignorance, you schmear the character of those that have helped you and your community. May God shower you in his mercy, for you surely have shown none to this young woman!

The Fundamental option for the good--this idea that a person makes a fundamental choice for God that no action can then gainsay--is false. Veritas Splendor taught us that. Look it up.

A teacher entrusted by the school to teach Catholic students violated Catholic doctrine by assisting in the murder of unborn children. How can any of you say that this behavior has no bearing on her performance as a teacher? Are you blind? Do you truly believe we can compartmentalize our morality--our spirituality? This is more American that Christian! We are body-persons; how we live in one dimension of our lives affects every part of us.

No one's perfect. Ms. Bain, however, didn't simply make a mistake; she took a stand in defiance of the Catholic Church. She therefore failed to carry out the mission in which Loretta, as a Catholic High School, participates.

Mss. Sills point this out, and many of you castigate her as an "extremist." You call her "hateful" and insist that she act with greater "compassion."

If you only knew how compassionate they have both been to all of you!

Clear your heads! Try and remember why you are Catholic, or Christian, or even decent citizens. Then do the right thing!
Keep praying for her and her family. They need it! Stop by if you haven't already. She'll appreciate it.