Tuesday, July 5, 2011

St. Michael's Academy: A real Catholic school

One reader sent me a link about the Congregation of Mary, Queen, Immaculate (CMRI), a traditionalist religious order that uses the Missale Romanum of 1956. They have a mission and a convent with 2 nuns in the Boston area, with Mass said twice a month. They rent office space for use as a chapel in Stoneham, the town where my aunt and uncle godparents live (but they don't go to the Latin Mass). The priests travel cross-country just to give the sacraments.

But what struck me in a sublink is that of St. Michael's Academy in Spokane, Washington, a traditional Catholic boarding school run by the CMRI. I was first astonished when I looked at the Student Handbook to see that a 69 is failing, no literature or media that is non-Christianlike, and no handshakes. The school offers K-12, and mostly taught by nuns. If you look at the online photo gallery, you can see that the nuns are in real habits -where there is no hair, the students are uniformally well-dressed, and there is a Sodality of the BVM at the school, which is part of St. Michael's Parish, "a Traditional Roman Catholic Parish."

This is a school that never left the ponfificate of Pius XII. This is a school that is totally based on the Traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments. This is a school that our ancestors went to. Meatless Fridays, Ember Days, and Rogation Days. Meatless Lent on the lunch menu. Several prayers several times a day, just like a monastery! These kids graduate knowing how to defend the Faith, just like the Saints and Martyrs have been doing for 2,000 years.

Most "Catholic Schools" are no longer that parochial as they used to be. For example, they cost as much as college, and only allowing the elite people who have $$$, who have no clue what Catholicism is, having their children to attend such a school. There are no religious tests. Sometimes no academic placement tests (especially in the grade school years). If you have the dough, you're in. If not, you're out!

These Vatican II parochial schools do not teach the One True Faith. Instead, their 4-year theology requirements are to learn that women can be ordained to the priesthood, marriage is between a man and a cow (i.e. Iowa), that it is a-okay to get a civil divorce and not get an annullment, and then marry someone else before a heathen minister who has no clue the parties before him or her are not going to make it to Heaven; that Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead; that the pill is ok, and abortion is ok. They also learn sex ed!

But, more gravely and most importantly, these kids graduate having no clue what the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is, more specifically, that the Mass is a sacrfice of Calvary represented in an unbloody manner. Their weekly Schoolwide Liturgy takes place inside the school gymnasium, consisting of the student body rallying when the priest enters the gym; the altar-table placed at center court, students (especially girls) serving as acolytes, lectors, and distrubting the Cookie to their fellow classmates, Catholic or heretic alike; guitars and drums blasting like it's a Led Zeppelin concert; the priest talking to the kids instead of giving a legitimate sermon; and many other liturgical abuses that everyone knows about and too many to list here.

Being a [future] concerned parent, who loves the Catholic Church, and believes in it, I would ideally send a child to a Catholic school and get my kid a scholarship based on low income, thanks to the generous donors who fund the annual Catholic Appeal. They would give scholarships to anyone based on low income, regardless if they believe in God or not. Ideally, they should give them to poverty-level Catholic families only, not to non-believers.

Wherefore, about nine months ago or so, I wrote a letter to the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, asking that a parochial school be established based on the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. She never responded. Currently, there is no such school in the archdiocese. If the public schools mock God in every facit of the topic of religion, and if my [future] wife and I are not good homeschooling teachers, where should we send the kids?

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