NJ Catholic School Gets Backlash for Pushing Gay Agenda

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by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 13, 2018   

St. Peter's Prep is celebrating its first "LGBTQ history and culture week"

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) -  A Jesuit high school in New Jersey is condoning homosexuality with its promotion of its first "gay-week." 

Church Militant received a tip this week in which an inside source blasted St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City's decision to host an "LGBTQ history and culture week," according to Breaking Barriers, which is a "student-led group that provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ and straight students. We stand devoted to providing allyship, equity and inclusion in the Prep community." 

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There was a poster that included "gay" actors, politicians and activities in front of the school chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament is in repose. The Catholic school also had a morning prayer one of the days that included calling Christ the "core" of sodomy, in which each article of the prayer "blasphemed another element of our Lord including His purity, wisdom and obedience." 

Church Militant spoke with James Horan, the vice president of St. Peter's, after being transferred to both the campus ministry and guidance departments. He justified the scandal and confusion the school's decision has caused among faithful Catholics, saying, "We don't promote any agenda ... or a point of view. We have a stress on tolerance throughout the school of people of all backgrounds, of all identities whether that is geographic, or economic, or racial or sexual."

He continued insisting that the tip we received pointed to an "awareness among our students and faculty that the school is made up of people representing a number of different groups. It's an extremely harmonious and cooperative student body and faculty. They do not see any of this as a negative issue."          

 

The week's theme was "A Prismatic Experience" that "aims to explore and echo the inter-sectional narratives and history of queer people in the United States. In doing so, we will support the greater LGBTQ+ community at Prep."
 
There was a time for students to take an "allyship" pledge during Tuesday's lunch and to hear a panel of current "LGBT" students talking about their experience at St. Peter's on Wednesday. 
 
Church Militant spoke with the communications director of the archdiocese of Newark, Jim Goodness, who told Church Militant he was hearing about the "gay-week" for the first time and was "unaware of it."
 
Church Militant specifically asked the archdiocese: 
  1. Do you have a response to the scandal and confusion the "gay week" posed to students, faculty, staff and parents?
  2. Does the archdiocese and Cdl. Joseph Tobin condone such a flagrant display of the "gay agenda" at one of his Catholic schools, which is educating and forming boys spiritually, academically and socially into men?
  3. Isn't the Catholic schools supposed to save souls and prepare boys and girls for Heaven? 

Goodness declined to answer the questions, as of press time. 

The Jesuit institution also hosted pro-abortion and pro-gay speaker Darnell Moore on Tuesday. He has touted his sexuality in the past, including receiving treatment twice for a sexually-transmitted disease while a student at Seton Hall University. 

In 2016, he was expected to receive the Black Alumni Committee's first Young Alumni of Excellence award, but it was rescinded after Seton Hall learned that Moore supported abortion. 

Moore was appointed in 2009 by Newark's past pro-abortion and pro-gay mayor, Cory Booker, as the first chair of the city's LGBT Concerns Advisory Commission. He also is a writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexuality and Social Justice at Columbia University in New York.  

Yet, Horan claimed the school remains a "Catholic and Jesuit secondary school, and that's our core value." He also alleged that "gay-week" fit along with "the teaching of Pope Francis, who himself is a Jesuit." 

He also alleged that 'gay-week' fit along with 'the teaching of Pope Francis, who himself is a Jesuit.' 

Church Militant also spoke with the provincial office of the northeast Jesuits, which is responsible for priests, brothers, schools, parishes and offices in New Jersey. The office told Church Militant they "ha[d] no idea of any of this, and [they] would have to go investigate" and "be back to [Church Militant] by early next week."    

Other Jesuit schools, including St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona, have compromised their Catholic identity in recent years, replacing orthodoxy and tradition with heterodoxy and liberalism. 

In February, Fr. John Ferone, S.J. was fired from St. Xavier for allegedly sending a sexually inappropriate message to a male student. He was the school's director of Adult Faith and Ignatian Programming and a presenter at Xavier's Catholic "LGBT" retreat in October. 

 

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