Friday, September 23, 2016

Unbelievable: Springfield Mass. Diocese has new high school named for Bergoglio!

Today is September 23rd, the autumn Ember Friday. Today is also the feast of St. Padre Pio, whose feast technically doesn't exist liturgically in the calendar of the missal he always said Mass according to up until his death. 

Fourteen years after Padre Pio's canonization, it is considered hate speech to name a church or school after any saint who either only said, knew, or attended the Traditional Latin Mass, a.k.a. the Catholic Mass. While relics of any class are required to be inserted into the altar mensa (stone) in order to consecrate a church and name it after that particular saint, there are less restrictions for Catholic schools and charitable organizations. It is very praiseworthy to name a Catholic school after a canonized saint of the Church or a local bishop or priest who supported Catholic education. (Cardinal Spellman in Brockton, Archbishop Williams in Braintree, and Bishop Fenwick in Peabody, all in the Archdiocese of Boston, are a few examples.) 

But the Springfield Diocese, which covers Western Massachusetts, is pretty much hippie country, and there never were a lot of Catholics in this area anyhow. When Cathedral High School was blown away by the 2011 Tornado, it closed for good. Holyoke Catholic High School saw facing low enrollment, so the two were merged into a new school named after--guess who--Pope Francis. 

Pope Francis High School is currently in temporary quarters until the new school is finished by 2018. They are using the "prep school" format where all the students where pretty uniforms. They require 60 hours of community service to graduate, and it costs $9300 this year for tuition, more than many community colleges! (For more info, look at the school's website at your own risk.)

I only came across this school after reading a high school football preview pull-out section from my local newspaper, and one of the schools had Pope Francis on the schedule. But it is classless to name a school after a pope who is never going to be canonized. 

What would happen if someone named a school after Archbishop Lefebvre? 

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