Bishop Robert J. McManus of the Diocese of Worcester drew the line with a Catholic school in the city over displaying objectionable flags on church property. The school has involved itself in an ongoing dispute with the Church by refusing to remove displays of homosexual “pride” and Black Lives Matter flags from school grounds.
The Bishop ruled that the Nativity School of Worcester is “prohibited from this time forward from identifying itself as a ‘Catholic’ school and may no longer use the title ‘Catholic’ to describe itself.”
The Bishop indicated that the Jesuit school has been flying the flags over his objections for months. He wrote that the flags send a “mixed, confusing, and scandalous message” about the position of the Catholic Church on “important moral and social issues.”
Bishop McManus explained that the “Gay Pride” flag is an indication of support for active LGBTQ+ lifestyles and gay marriage.
Regarding the Black Lives Matter flag, he said that the Church believes that all life is sacred and “strongly affirms that all lives matter.” He said that the phrase “black lives matter” is unequivocally true but has been “co-opted” by the political movement of the same name.
McManus added that the BLM movement “directly contradicts Catholic social teaching” on the role of the nuclear family and its importance to human society. BLM activists have often openly spoken about their plans to eliminate the family structure that is the foundation of Western civilization and biblical teaching.
As a result of the Bishop’s declaration, the Nativity School is prohibited from hosting Catholic liturgy and from conducting the Catholic sacraments. The school is also barred from any fundraising involving other institutions that are part of the Diocese of Worcester and is not permitted to advertise itself in the Diocesan directory.
The diocese gave the school official notice as far back as March that it must cease displaying the leftist flags or it would face sanctions.
The school said that it will continue to fly the flags in the same manner and will appeal the decision of the Bishop to higher church authority. The school’s website proclaims its Catholic allegiance while also pledging itself to “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism.”