Arizona school stands by Catholic teacher under attack for distributing pro-life literature
PHOENIX, Arizona, May 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An Arizona Catholic school is standing by one of their high school theology teachers who has come under attack because he distributed pro-life material in class.
An online petition to remove Xavier College Preparatory Theology teacher and Right to Life Club Moderator Gavin Ahern accuses him of giving out “hateful, racist, sexist” material, being a misogynist, and creating a climate of “fear of retaliation” in the classroom.
The literature in question was produced by Black Genocide, a project of the Life Education Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), which works to expose the disproportionate number of black children lost to abortion, and educates on the parallels between genocide, eugenics and abortion today.
The petition started last weekend by 1993 Xavier graduate Peg Perl claims the material is bigoted hate speech, and denies its statistics have validity.
However, Black Genocide founder Reverend Dr. Clenard Childress disputed the petition’s claim that Ahern was guilty of distributing racist or sexist material, or that the flyer content was not factual. He dismissed the petition as a politically correct effort to rebuke Ahern and censor the truth.
“A petition against the truth?” he asked. “And people are signing it? You’ve got to be kidding me.” (cf Romans 1:18-32)
“It’s data, provable data,” Rev. Childress stated. “It’s a fact. Don’t tell me I can’t come with a sociological fact.”
Rev. Childress, who educates on college campuses about African American abortion statistics, fervently dismissed the notion that because someone is not black they cannot speak about the toll of abortion on African Americans.
“I commend and salute the teacher for being willing to share the facts with his students,” he said.
The Diocese of Phoenix ... provided a statement strongly affirming its Catholic identity and standing by their teacher. (Remember, this is the land of the indomitable and completely orthodox Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted!)
The statement said:
As an educational institution, Xavier recognizes that certain issues may be the subject of vigorous intellectual, spiritual, and moral debate. We encourage our faculty and students to explore these often controversial issues, and to participate in this healthy and constructive process as Xavier strives to educate students not only academically, but also spiritually and morally within the context of our faith.
Among the most important, most fundamental spiritual and moral truths that Xavier imparts to its students is respect for the sanctity of human life, in all forms and at all stages. We teach our students to care for human life, to defend human life, and to speak out about the sanctity of every human life wherever it is threatened, from the first moment of conception until natural death.
We acknowledge the emotions that discussion on such matters can often evoke, and recognize that disagreements may result, even among members of the Xavier community. Nevertheless, Xavier will not allow the threat of controversy to intimidate our teachers, counselors, and administrators from discussing these important controversial issues, nor silence us in our duty to impart the values of our faith to the young women entrusted to our care.
The greatest threat to the Church comes not from non-Catholics but from (c)atholics who behave like wolves among the sheep. Let us remember—we are all accountable for our actions. God Himself will separate the tares from the wheat (St. Matthew 13:24-30).
We must protect souls from those who, for whatever reason, deny the authority of Jesus Christ and who have become captivated by the culture of death.
Didache (1st Century A.D.)
And the way of death is this: First of all it is evil and full of curse: murders, adulteries, lusts, fornications, thefts, idolatries, magic arts, witchcrafts, rapines, false witnessings, hypocrisies, double-heartedness, deceit, haughtiness, depravity, self-will, greediness, filthy talking, jealousy, over-confidence, loftiness, boastfulness; persecutors of the good, hating truth, loving a lie, not knowing a reward for righteousness, not cleaving to good nor to righteous judgment, watching not for that which is good, but for that which is evil; from whom meekness and endurance are far, loving vanities, pursuing requital, not pitying a poor man, not labouring for the afflicted, not knowing Him that made them, murderers of children, destroyers of the handiwork of God, turning away from him that is in want, afflicting him that is distressed, advocates of the rich, lawless judges of the poor, utter sinners. Be delivered, children, from all these.
May God protect Mr. Ahern and grant to him the grace he needs to weather the present storm.