I wanted to write to update you on the events taking place today at PND. Last night a lively Facebook discussion amongst students and former students took place and grew over the offering of extra credit by a member of our teaching staff for students to attend the Preserve Marriage lobby day next week. As you know the issue of gay marriage is a hotly debated topic in our country and in our state. As a school within the Catholic Diocese of Peoria part of our mission is to proclaim the Church’s teachings. These teachings are often at odds with our current culture but our obligation is to teach the faith. In the past we have participated in the March for Life, and religious freedom rallies. We do not coerce students to attend these events and they choose to do so freely. It has been communicated that extra credit will not be offered in association with attending this event. I’ve attached for you the communications we’ve sent to our students regarding this issue and also included is a letter for parents from our President Monsignor Merdian. Additionally attached is a letter from Cardinal George. In the end it is important to note the Catholic Church does not hate homosexuals. We believe that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and are worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their sexual orientation.
Yours in Christ,
Charlie A. Roy, Principal, Peoria Notre Dame High School