Our Boosters are matching gifts up to $45,000. We have $33,992 to go. Your gift today will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Parents, administrators angry after archbishop bans paddling in school

Catholic World News - March 08, 2011

Parents, alumni, and administration of a predominantly African-American Catholic high school in New Orleans are angry that Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the superior general of the Josephite order have banned corporal punishment at the school.

“I do not believe the teachings of the Catholic Church, as we interpret them today in 2011, can possibly condone corporal punishment” in a school setting, said Archbishop Aymond. “I believe in my conscience that this is not in line with the values of Jesus.”

Some 600 students and alumni attended a town hall meeting to oppose the change; alumni discussed how paddling had a positive impact on their character development. “Many expressed outrage that African-American parents [have] to haggle with non-African Americans about how to raise their own sons,” according to a statement issued by the school.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($120,221 to go):
$150,000.00 $29,778.98
80% 20%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 5 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Anselm - Mar. 09, 2011 11:09 AM ET USA

    The Archbishop is following the Guidelines of the Dallas Charter and state law. St. Augustine school has been in violation. The Archbishop is doing his job.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 09, 2011 10:32 AM ET USA

    I know the difference between paddling and brutality. Most sane people (including school principals) do. Cases of abuse should be dealth with as they occur. May of the St. Augustine families are alums of the school. The students also support the standing policy. That should tell the Archbishop something.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 08, 2011 11:49 PM ET USA

    What are these parents thinking? They want their children beaten? How about some home discipline? Believe me, I witnessed the glasses knocked off the face of my 5th grade classmate by an ill-tempered nun in the 50's. Jesus' love really shone thru there! Sadly,the child's behavior is reflective of what is going on at home,and beating that child is not the answer. Do not give school authorities that kind of power.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 08, 2011 3:05 PM ET USA

    Has his Excellency ever read Proverbs 13:24 or 23:13-14?

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 08, 2011 11:27 AM ET USA

    Perhaps Archbishop Aymond would benefit from reading the Letter to the Hebrews about chastisement and children. I hope the family of St. Augustine will hang tough.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs 17 hours ago
How not to be persuasive 18 hours ago
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28
Clarifying what it might mean for a pope to wish to change Catholic doctrine October 28
Does the Kasper Proposal make Pope Francis a heretic? Invalid marriages and mortal sin October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6