That same issue of discrimination and non-profit religious organizations swung in favor of the Church yesterday when, on the 364th anniversary of the founding of Maryland, a federal judge in Baltimore overturned a lower court ruling that had tied the hands of Catholic administrators at St. John's Literary Institution at Prospect Hall in Frederick, Maryland. Authorities at the school had expelled star basketball player Gerald Wilkens and a girlfriend, both black, because of illicit sexual behavior on the school grounds. The earlier decision, forcing the school to reinstate them, had weakened any chance for enforcing discipline and morals at this prestigious Catholic high school in a well-to-do Baltimore suburb. Discrimination was claimed by the expelled students because they were black, and clout was leveled by the student's parents - influential in the media where Wilkins' dad plays in the NBA and his mother is a White House correspondent. But, again, finally a semblance of order was restored because the higher court determined they were not dismissed because they were black, but rather because they had violated the agreement they made when they enrolled at this Catholic school: to obey the laws of the school and God's laws as well as respect for the Catholic Church. Though the students' lawyers claimed the school had broken their contractual agreement with them because of the dismissal, they failed to realize they had broken their contractual agreement with the school, the Church, and God by abusing the privileges they were given. Because it is a money school where mostly affluent parents send their offspring, often times pressure can come to bear that compromises the principals of Catholicism for fear of losing the almighty dollar. Thankfully, the administrators here stood strong and tall, upholding morals and necessary discipline. Thankfully, the courts saw the insanity of the students' case and threw it out.
Speaking of "throwing something out," that whoop of happy yells you heard came from the camp of loyal Catholics the other day when the annoucement was made that ABC Television network - along with their parent company the Disney Corporation - both stubborn to the end, finally faced the music and pulled the plug on Nothing Sacred, that sad excuse for the liberals' platform to flaunt their portrait of what "they think" the Church in America should be. Gone are the likes of Father Ray and his ilk who haunted the nether regions of the Nielsens for months as the consistently lowest-rated network show of the new season. Those liberal prelates and religious, who spent a wad on a full page ad to petition people to watch and encourage Disney and ABC to "keep up the good work and keep it on the air" by signing their names to the ad which ran in major newspapers throughout the country and which praised this dud, while degrading Touched by an Angel, must be crying in their beer today, just as Call To Action did when they mustered only 35,000 signatures against the Pope after a ballyhooed campaign touting that they would raise over a million signatures and "wake the Pope up!" To rub salt in the modernists' wounds, a group of conservative, loyal Seton Hall Catholic High School students, backed by Human Life International, raised 95,000 in only a few months and presented it personally to the Holy Father last November as a show of their support for him. What it all comes down to is that "Nothing Sacred" was just another failed campaign by the liberals who are trying to foist their minority opinions on the the majority in the Church, trying to forge their agenda in the face of God's Will. Maybe the people are finally waking up to these frauds, maybe they're hep to the lies and self-agendas of the radical rabble-rousers within the Church, maybe the courts are also opening their eyes to what is really going on and maybe, just maybe they're going to help put the inmates back in their proper cells within the asylum of modernism and political correctness. We can only hope, pray, and give thanks that, at least this past week, sanity has returned and the sacred has been restored with the death of Nothing Sacred!