To the Editor:
I would like to first preface this letter by stating that the racist video published by a Marian Central student is despicable and is contrary to everything that the Catholic Church teaches about the dignity of all human lives. This letter is in no way a defense of that video.
A recent letter written to the editor was published on June 22 and was titled “Not surprised by racist Marian Central posts.” As a proud member of the Marian Central class of 2018, I think it is appropriate to say that I disagree with that letter in the strongest of terms.
Marian Central faculty should always be open to constructive criticism because there is always room to improve a Catholic education, but to say that “the culture of prejudice is so pervasive that some faculty are involved in perpetuating it” is such a mischaracterization that I cannot sit back and let the school be publicly smeared.
Some of my fondest high school memories include everyday interactions with my teachers, coaches, and classmates. I also know that I am not the only alumnus that feels this way.
The June 22 letter says that the school’s “Catholic environment is a thin veneer of crucifixes obscuring a substance of hate.” I am once again perplexed that someone can graduate from the same school that I did and believe we were taught to hate. If you disagree with Catholic Social Teaching, that is fine. That is your own prerogative. But to say that the students are taught to hate people is simply not true.
Catholics, and Christians more generally, have always believed that you should hate the sin, but love the sinner.
Marian Central taught me the ups and downs of the history of the Catholic Church. At Marian I was introduced to Thomistic theology, was taught the importance of faith and reason, and developed a deep appreciation for the Sacraments. I actually think the school does not go deep enough into these topics. But if someone truly has hatred in their heart, it is not a result of “inculcation” at Marian Central.