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Massachusetts bishop: Catholic school should not fly BLM flag

April 06, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts, has said that a Catholic school in the city should not continue to fly a Black Lives Matter (BLM) banner.

While applauding the school’s opposition to racism, the bishop remarked that “symbols can mean different things to different people.” He pointed out that BLM has become associated with causes antithetical to the Catholic faith.

““While our role in a school is not to convert those who are not Catholic, nor is it our role to deny our Catholic identity,” Bishop McManus said. He asked: “Is the school committing itself to ideologies which are contrary to Catholic teaching? If so, is it still a Catholic school?” he asked.

Tom McKenney, the president of the Jesuit-sponsored Nativity School, issued a statement that said in part:

The Black Lives Matter and Pride flags fly below the American flag at our school to remind our young men, their families and Nativity Worcester staff that all are welcome here and that they are valued and safe in this place.

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