Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Station Eight ~ Jesus Speaks to the Women

"BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN," Jesus taught us. But mourn for what? That God's Kingdom is not here yet, God's rule is not obeyed? 

A Jewish student at a Catholic high school suffered terrible bullying at the hands of his classmates. One episode included what the students called The Jew Game, in which a $5 bill was thrown on the floor to see if the Jewish student would pick it up. The boy's father removed the teenager and his brother from the school after this and other incidents, "We never heard of any disciplinary action," he said.

Earlier, when the father enrolled his sons, school officials had assured him that the school was "unabashedly Catholic". What does that mean? Unabashedly? Statues and crosses? Daily Mass? Instruction in Catholic sexual morality? Books loyal to the Magisterium? An elderly nun still around? The pope's picture in a gold frame in the the front lobby? Faculty who've signed an oath of orthodoxy? 

Jesus might stop along the way to Calvary and tell us to mourn and weep about this.

Our Father Who Art in Heaven...
Hail Mary full of grace...
Glory be to the Father...


  1. We are familiar with the term Catholic to mean universal. Another interpretation is "all embracing". We have heard stories such as this all too often. It is shameful that a school of any denomination would allow such discrimination to go on in today's climate of acceptance. What are we teaching our kids about their religion if these stereotypes are reinforced?

  2. To be Catholic means to follow the words Jesus said, especially to love your neighbor as yourself. To cause someone suffering goes against everything that Jesus taught us. I am Catholic and I would pull my children out of a school that allowed such bullying to take place without consequence.