This means the schools are not in communion with the Catholic Church: “In practice, it is apparent that many Jesuit educators deem the ‘image and likeness of God’ to be non-binary and gender fluid.”
I’m Catholic, and unfortunately I’m not surprised this is happening at Jesuit schools:
Parents with students in Jesuit schools have good reason to be wary.
The Jesuit Schools Network began with a pro forma recognition of the “Catholic principle that every person is charged with the Divine, created in the image and likeness of God” when it revised its Domain 5 secondary school standards, which incorporated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Jesuit antiracist core values (DEI+A).
In practice, it is apparent that many Jesuit educators deem the “image and likeness of God” to be non-binary and gender fluid.
Standard 13.2, requiring training in antiracism and bias for educators and students, includes this related criterion: “All school personnel work to eradicate barriers between and among people such as misogyny, homophobia, and gender and socio-economic stereotyping and discrimination.”
This elaboration of antiracist/implicit bias training suggests that the primary, though not exclusive, target is the heterosexual male. Its most revealing term is gender.
Antiracism is always intersectional, compelling the acceptance and affirmation of all identities associated with gender and sexuality as well as race. “To truly be antiracist is to be feminist,” says the apostle of antiracism, Ibram X. Kendi. “Homophobia cannot be separated from racism. They’ve intersected for ages,” he declares. “To be queer antiracist is to understand the privileges of my cisgender, of my masculinity, of my heterosexuality, of their intersections.”
With the Jesuits enmeshing Catholic Social Teaching with DEI+A, “what is a man?” and “what is a woman?” are questions whose objectively true answers cannot survive the identity politics gauntlet.
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