On May 21 the San Mateo Daily Journal reported: “A guest speaker pulled from lecturing at Notre Dame High School in late April following a controversial online post targeting him was welcomed back to the Belmont school last week following backlash from upset alumnae and current students.”
“Gregg Cassin was on campus Tuesday, May 13, and gave his presentation to the block 6 women in relationships class, following the administration’s decision to protect the school’s relationship with the gay activist who an online publication had criticized for working with the Catholic school. ‘California Catholic Daily’ posted an item taking issue with Notre Dame hosting Cassin, a guest speaker of the school who has lectured for the Women in Relationships course for the junior class yearly for more than 20 years about self-acceptance. The website took issue with Cassin’s work outside the classroom, as an activist for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered rights.”
The Daily Journal article continued: “Over Easter break, Notre Dame teacher Barbara Sequeira arranged for Cassin to come back to the school April 29 to make up for the missed day, which (head of school Maryann) Osmond didn’t find out about until April 28.”
CalCatholic’s article was one in an ongoing series documenting the infiltration into the departments of religious education of the high schools of the archdiocese of San Francisco by homosexual activists and their supporters. The Daily Journal article provides additional documentation: Barbara Sequeira, the teacher who, according to the Daily Journal, “arranged for Cassin to come back to the school April 29” is identified on the Notre Dame website as a member of the faculty for religious studies, and a campus minister.
The Daily Journal article quoted Mr. Cassin a number of times. He is troubled that Catholic bishops may be preparing to exercise their responsibility: “I think there is unfortunately this huge fear of different bishops and what they are doing with these morality contracts and how they are targeting gay teachers throughout the school system.” Mr. Cassin also said “The bishops coming up with these contracts are completely making schools unsafe for LGBT students. We know that when there is an LGBT role model at a school, kids feel they are included and safe.”
Coincidentally, on May 9 the Center for Disease Control issued their report on syphilis in the United States from 2005-2013. The report began “In 2013, based on data reported as of April 28, 2014, the rate of reported primary and secondary syphilis in the United States was 5.3 cases per 100,000 population, more than double the lowest-ever rate of 2.1 in 2000.” ….After being on the verge of elimination in 2000 in the United States, syphilis cases have rebounded…. Increases have occurred primarily among men, and particularly among MSM, who contributed the vast majority of male primary and secondary syphilis.” (MSM are men who have “sex” with men.) If Mr. Cassin is concerned about the safety of LGBT youth, emphasis on risks would be a first step.
While Notre Dame de Namur High School is under the control of a religious order, the school is listed as a Catholic school on the archdiocesan website and on the website of the San Francisco Department of Catholic Schools.
The Leadership Team of Notre Dame De Namur’s California province consists of: Sister Louise O’Reilly, Sister Georgianna Coonis, and Sister Virginia Unger. All may be contacted at: Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Province Center, 1520 Ralston Avenue, Belmont CA 94002.
For the archdiocese of San Francisco, contact: Maureen Huntington, superintendent of Catholic Schools; Laura Held, assistant superintendent; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone; all at the Archdiocese of San Francisco, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco CA 94109.
Most important is to contact the principal of your local Catholic elementary schools. Almost all enrollment to Catholic High Schools come from Catholic elementary feeder schools.
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