How Not to Evangelize
Here’s the story:
“Catholic school students have been banned from wearing their school uniform at tomorrow’s climate strike event in Hobart.
In making the ruling, Catholic Education Tasmania said the strike was ‘not an educational event’ and not part of the school curriculum.
Executive director Gerard Gaskin said there would be differing opinions among parents, students and staff in school communities about the events.
Dr Gaskin argued the goals of the strike were not specific, and it was not clear if organisers shared the vision of Pope Francis or the Catholic position on a range of social issues. He said for those reasons, students attending should not wear their uniform.
Really now. A march in support of an issue about which the Pope has written an entire encyclical is not something with which Catholic students are permitted to identify their Catholic faith? Because there might be some people there who are not Catholic or who hold non-Catholic views? Seriously?