(Quote) Marian-83994 said:
Last night I attended my Parish Bible study on the book of Acts. I am loving everything I am lear...
(Quote) Marian-83994 said:
Last night I attended my Parish Bible study on the book of Acts. I am loving everything I am learning in the study especially the up close view of St Paul and what he must have been like. Last night we were on Chapter 22 where Paul shares his conversion in Hebrew with the Jews and people present.
Our leader asked us to share oiur conversion stories. One story that was shared was about a woman who got her teaching credential in about 2006 or so and tried working in the public schools and did not like it but then went to a local Christian school where there is a high school included.
One day she was doing study hall and heard the teens stating that Catholics are not Christians. She let it go but later it was coming up again and she confronted the teens gently and said yes we are Christians. The next thing she knew a 16 year old was 12 inches from her face telling her she was going to hell. How the encounter ended was unclear but she stood her ground.
Word spread and over night 2/3 of parents had called the school threatening to remove their children because a Catholic was teaching there.
This woman agreed to resign, if that was what the board wanted. They passed out a tract that showed some history of a Baptist relationship to Catholics and the lady said she understaood when reading that tract why there was such hatred.
The board and the Principal did decide she had to resign( and not return after Christmas). She did that.
This is illegal in our state but this is what she went through. She told the story with grace and with poise. She stated that she went through a renewed conversion after this had happened.
I found this story to be amazing. Unfortunately, there is a lot of the small mindedness prevalent in this part of California where I now reside. Amazing that they felt they could get her to resign based on this fact and not be sued. and Amazing that they could be so adamant that she could disrupt the environment..
Too often all of us are receiving information about different faith groups -- even our own. It's something like composing a "Warning' type of email and coming up with an untrue or distorted story to incite us. Those get forwarded, and re-forwarded. The problem is that the original information is wrong, and people just assume it's correct, jump to conclusions and get riled up.
Christians are those who believe in and accept Christ. If Christ established His Church, and it is made up of His followers, it would seem only logical that its members are therefore "Christ-ians". While it might seem to us to be a "Duh" situation, sadly it is too real.
There's so much mis-information out there that it's no wonder we look at each other as if they were weird for believing what we THINK they believe. Little wonder there is so much disunity among Christians. Although much progress has been made with the ecumenical spirit of Pope John Paul II, there is a highly-piled backlog of misinformation to sort through. We can stand our ground, as did the teacher to whom you refer.
It's unfortunate that this "teaching moment" was lost, and that the teacher herself became a victim. Illegal? In a public school, yes, but the courts have largely dismissed cases involving private religious schools versus their employes (and former employes).
Progress has been made to promote the common good through interfaith groups, where doctrinal beliefs aren't the focal point. Rather it's working together as faith groups to accomplish good in this world. Beliefs aren't violated with such participation; all are respected.
It's just sad to see so much understanding, even in this age of enlightment and the internet where correct information IS easily available -- to those who seek the Truth.
At the very least, the school you mentioned should have backed up the teacher for her beliefs. The shocking part is that other students actually believed in the same thing, yet the teacher was persecuted. They all accepted Jesus as their Savior -- a great sharing of common ground. Pushing her out the door wasn't a Christian act, which leads us to wonder who was acting as a true Christian in this instance.
Catholics should not be afraid to clarify their beliefs to others, and are being called to do so during this period of evangelization (The Year of Faith). We don't expect that most people will accept our beliefs, but at least the air can be cleared to reduce the level of misunderstanding and mistrust. In return, we can do the same for others.
Understanding goes a long way to promote harmony.