California’s first Catholic School has recently removed its Catholic statues on campus in an effort to be more “forward looking.”
Shannon Fitzpatrick, a parent of a student at San Domenico, who recently submitted a formal complaint about the removal of the statues, took issue with the institution’s willingness to dismiss its Catholic identity.
“Articulating an inclusive foundation appears to mean letting go of San Domenico’s 167-year tradition as a Dominican Catholic school and being both afraid and ashamed to celebrate one’s heritage and beliefs,” she wrote.
San Domenico identifies as both a Catholic and independent institution and in a recent interview, head of school Cecily Stock noted that an overwhelming majority of the school’s 660 students are not Catholic.
“Over the last few years we’ve had fewer Catholic students as part of the community and a larger number of students of various faith traditions,” she said. “Right now about 80 percent of our families do not identify as Catholic.”