Benet Academy was founded by the Benedictines, although it sounds as if there were some Jesuits involved.
According to NBC Out, the network’s repository for all things alphabet soupy, the Chicago area Catholic high school has hired a lesbian lacrosse coach (Yay!) The Benedictine monks from St. Procopius Abbey (Hiiss!) Boo!), who built the school, funded it and acted as its board for 120 years, aren’t happy about it.
In fact, they’re pulling their sponsorship and will cease governing the school. Abbot Austin G. Murphy, head of St. Procopius Abbey and chancellor of Benet, announced the move in a letter, talking about the Abbey no longer having the “resources needed for governance and oversight of the Academy.”
Murphy was concerned when, in September, the school made it clear that Amanda Kammes would be being hired by the school. Kammes is a married woman.
“The matter raises the question of what a Catholic high school should require from those who work with and form its students,” he said at the time. “In particular, is it necessary that the witness of their public lives not be in opposition to Catholic moral teaching? I believe this requirement is necessary and, therefore am deeply troubled by the school’s decision which calls into question its adherence to the doctrines of the Catholic faith.”
“Catholic moral teaching?” “Adherence to the doctrines of the Catholic faith?” The good abbot mustn’t get out much. The President of the United States is an abortion enthusiast and pal to anybody who wants add a letter to the LGBT train, and he’s a “good Catholic.” The pope told him so.
In the age of crowdsourced emotions, Catholic identity, social teachings and theology are precisely equivalent to bupkus. The administration was initially reluctant to employ the lesbian coach. But then her “supporters held a rally outside the school and more than 3,000 alumni signed a letter in opposition to the board’s decision,” NBC Out says.
Not only that, the school’s board “had an honest and heartfelt discussion on this very complex issue … Going forward we will look for opportunities for dialogue in our community about how we remain true to our Catholic mission while meeting people where they are in their personal journey through life. We hope this will be the beginning of healing in the Benet community.
These unshakeable defenders gave way to high school girls wearing rainbow covid masks, and with the fear of being vilified by the media. For her part, Kammes offered the happy talk the left uses when it gets what it wants:
“The past week provided a chance for Benet to rally together in the name of community, sportsmanship, and social change, and I’m beyond grateful that Benet reconsidered their decision,” she said in September.
“Social change.” She’s supposed to be an educator and lacrosse coach. But who’ll say no to her? She’s an activist, happy to hollow out an institution for her own gratification:
I hope that Benet’s LGBTQ+ population and all Catholic institutions felt included, supported and loved over these past days. You are part of a community — as students, athletes, and friends — and I am your ally and will continue to be one.
Inspirational stuff, I’m sure. And NBC Out spoke last of another LGBT Industrial Complex activist.
“I think that there is a growing recognition among some of the faith-based institutions that they are increasingly out of step with the young people that they are inviting to be students and to get their education,” Jenny Pizer, law and policy director for Lambda Legal, an LGBTQ civil rights organization, previously told NBC News, after Benet Academy reversed its decision regarding Kammes. “It’s lovely that in this situation the school decided to value the needs of the students.”
Heaven forbid, the Holy Catholic Church should not be out of tune with Pizer, Kammes or NBC Out. It is getting a cheerful face from Benet Academy:
Stephen Marth, Benet Academy head of school, said, according to the statement, that “contrary to some reports circulating in the media” on Tuesday, “know of our steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Academy will maintain its Catholic identity, in the Benedictine tradition, for years to come.”
Benet must hire transgender coaches at the minimum until the age of 14