Gay Student Challenges Curriculum At Catholic School After Answering A Test Question About Homosexuality
NH1- Jake Midura is a 17-year-old high school student who just finished his junior year at Trinity, a Catholic high school in Manchester. But, Jake had a secret. He is gay. It wasn't a huge shock when just before the end of the school year, Jake had to answer test questions related to homosexuality.
Jake answered d. none of the above. The correct answer, according to the school, was c. they are not open to life. Jake then posted the question to social media and it got people talking.
Finding a balance between Catholic teachings and acceptance is nothing new. In 2013, Pope Francis made headlines when he famously said "Who am I to judge" when referring to gays.
"Maybe it can be revised," Jake's mom, Donna Belanger suggested. "Maybe it can be done a little more tactful?"
The Principal of Trinity, Denis Mailloux issued this statement to NH1:
"This was a question on a test administered to students in a high school junior level class called "Life in Jesus Christ," which is a Christian Morality course. The question was taken verbatim from the textbook: "Your Life in Christ: Foundations in Catholic Morality," which is in conformity with USCCB guidelines. The correct answer is C.
Far be it for me to stand behind the irrationality and the hypocrisy of the Catholic church. If there is any group that is more annoying than the people that get outraged about everything, it is the people that promote an antiquated set of beliefs based on a million year old book.
However, this kid really has no grounds to stand on when it comes to changing the curriculum. What is he surprised that a Catholic school isn't a fan of homosexuality? I don't think it still counts as discrimination if you willingly choose to be discriminated against. That's like sitting in the front row of a comedy club while wearing an ugly hat. You're kind of asking for it. This is like if I walked into a Lakers game in a Clippers shirt and demanded that people were nice to me and accepted my rooting interest. That doesn't make much sense and neither does this kid trying to alter ideas that have been engrained into group of people for centuries. You can fight to change what is taught in schools, but you can't fight to change entire religions. If Catholics haven't admitted that their belief system is outdated yet, chances are they aren't going to do it anytime soon. They certainly aren't going to do it because one gay kid got upset about one question on one test. I guess this family would prefer the wording to be a bit less harsh, but the fact remains, if you are gay in Catholic school the answer is C. You want to be right then go to public school and circle D. I have a far bigger from with this kid's narcissism than I do his sexuality.