Catholic Teacher Under Fire From Catholic School For Practicing Catholicism



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I used to view as extreme those who predicted that faithful Catholics would face persecution.  Now such people every day are looking more like prophets.  What they forgot to note is that those doing the persecuting would often be fellow Catholics.

Mathew J. Franck at First Things gives this disturbing example of what I am talking about.


While Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone holds the line on the teaching of orthodox moral doctrines of the Catholic Church out in San Francisco, here in New Jersey a theology teacher in Immaculata High School in Somerville is threatened with dismissal from her position for . . . agreeing with orthodox moral doctrines of the Catholic Church.

Patricia Januzzi, the teacher in question, recently posted some remarks on same-sex marriage and homosexuality on her publicly accessible Facebook page. After remarking on the dubious proposition that protection of gays and lesbians as a class can be brought within the ambit of the Fourteenth Amendment, Januzzi wrote: “In other words they [advocates of same-sex marriage] want to reeingineer western civ into a slow extinction. We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!!!!”

Of course—of course—a firestorm erupted over this. Even (whatever happened to) Susan Sarandon weighed in with self-righteous condemnation (it seems her nephew once attended Immaculata). The principal of the school told Januzzi to take down her public Facebook page, which she did, and the school issued a statement a couple of days ago assuring the public that its “investigation” had “determined that the information posted on this social media page has not been reflected in the curriculum content of the classes [Januzzi] teaches.” Then followed the rote recitation of the gospel of “respect and sensitivity.” As stilted and impenetrable as all this was—Januzzi had not posted “information” but opinion, and what, after all, was the school telling us was not “reflected” in the classes it offers?—at least it seemed for one brief shining moment that this little flap would go away.

No such luck. Now it is reliably reported that Patricia Januzzi is under pressure to resign, and threatened with dismissal if she utters a peep about the matter. This is rapidly becoming an outrageous assault against a person whose worst offense was to speak with what some (but by no means all) would call an intemperate passion, in favor of the Church’s teaching.

Go here to read the rest.  Those who are inclined to do so should give the local Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, am earful about this travesty.  Vichy Catholics, always eager to do the persecution for anti-Catholic bigots.

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  1. The silence of Catholic hierarchy is deafening. Does this mean that the Church’s teaching is null and void, something to be condemned ?

  2. “Does this mean that the Church’s teaching is null and void, something to be condemned ?”

    It means that an important attribute of being a Bishop is courage and far too many of our “shepherds” head for the hills when the wolves come around. Time for the “sheep” to take matters into their own hands because most of the shepherds are worse than useless.

  3. I can just imagine the wolves in sheep costumes also in the foothills opening a season on the sheep.

  4. Ah, but that is when the really tricky sheep Patricia don wolf costumes and begin luring other “wolves” into ambushes by the sheep!

    It is pathetic when Christians are being beheaded rather than renounce their faith, that we have Bishops in this country who fail to stand up for Catholicism because they fear bad press and the intolerance of the deranged Left. I sometimes think that Bishops must have their spines, and other parts of their body, surgically removed before they are consecrated Bishops, because they certainly do not behave like men when it comes to protecting those in their charge.

  5. When a voice defends or proclaims the teaching of our Lord as instructed by Him, such as Bishops Burke, Schneider, Sarah, Cordelione, the Sister who became incommunicado due to speaking in one of the Carolinas to students (of enraged parents), the blogger(s), a recent Pope, and more; there comes recrimination such as that recorded in the Gospels about what happened to Jesus on Good Friday.

  6. I sometimes think that Bishops must have their spines, and other parts of their body, surgically removed before they are consecrated Bishops, because they certainly do not behave like men when it comes to protecting those in their charge.

    I have a hunch that it all boils down to a fear of causing open schism by telling dissenters that they can’t dissent fromX (see exhibit Pelosi, Nancy), because they know the dissenters will neither stop dissenting nor representing themselves as Catholic. So dissension goes unspoken –but also uncorrected.
    (n.b. I’m using schism colloquially)

  7. Just to complete the argument, the reason faithful Catholics get cracked down upon, so to speak, is that you depend upon them to remain obedient and not cause a schism.

  8. For the life of me I didn’t think the passage where Jesus tells us that “you will be persecuted and hated because of me…” ,would be from inside our own home, yet this is happening.

    Of course they are convinced that they are right and we are hate mongers. Interesting times is an understatement.
    These are definitive times. The Holy Bible spoke of a house divided, yet we know that the Holy Catholic Church will not fall.

  9. I sometimes think that Bishops must have their spines, and other parts of their body, surgically removed before they are consecrated Bishops,

    If the institutional architecture is about as expected, there would be about five people in the chain of command between Mrs. Januzzi and the Bishop: her department chairman, the dean of the faculty, the principal, the pastor/trustee, and the diocesan superintendent of schools. It’s the principal who is causing the problem. Around her are two people to advocate for Mrs. Januzzi, one person who can alert the bishop and may have some command authority, and one person who can tell the principal to cease and desist. That Jean Kline paid any notice to Susan Sarandon’s self-entitled exhibitionistic sexual-deviant of a nephew is a canary-in-the-coal mine indicating that she’s unfit for the position she holds. The pastor should have had her in his office the next day to explain herself, and had the deans in his office one-by-one in order to ascertain who would run the school in the interim after he fired Mrs. Kline.

  10. Patton said something to the effect that moral courage is an extremely (if not the most) important virtue and the one most often lacking.
    It is time to call out such evil advocates and push back twice as hard.
    A question for any priest or bishop: How is it merciful or charitable to silently stand by and allow a sinner to lose her/his eternal life, which Christ so dearly purchased for us with His life, death, and Resurrection.

  11. And people wonder why many of us post under a “pen-name”.

    “Forward, comrades, always forward!”

  12. Philip wrote, “For the life of me I didn’t think the passage where Jesus tells us that “you will be persecuted and hated because of me…” ,would be from inside our own home, yet this is happening.”
    καὶ ἐχθροὶ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου οἱ οἰκιακοὶ αὐτοῦ – Matt 10:36

  13. As I read her statement, the teacher is imparting a valuable civics lesson: that the Constitution, laws, federal programs are being misinterpreted, and thus misused. The end result of this all inclusiveness is social engineering, e.g. the 14th Ammendment, and bankrupting programs, the economy and individuals, e.g. Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, etc.
    The Left are bullies. The students are watching this drama unfold. The weak principal must know that teens lose respect for those perceived as hypocrits. I hope this bishop realizes that if he caves, his power and moral authority will be greatly diminished. It’s a slippery slope.

  14. They are vampires sucking the innocence and virginity out of our innocent children, Children who are born innocent and called by name into being.
    I moved from the Diocese of Metuchen in ’04 where +Paul Bootkowski resides. Paul Bootkowski is a Cardinal Dolan clone. It was no secret. It was heartbreaking then and it is heartbreaking now.
    Self-abuse as is sodomy must be called out by its true name and meaning or the devil with his lies will have us. Mutual masturbation in the name of love without counting one’s soul or the soul of the partner for eternal life with God is atheism. If Immaculata is going to support atheism, I suggest that no Catholic money be donated. Sending our partners to hell is not Catholic, not decent, not holy and not human.
    Did the teacher mention any person’s name or is it simply the agenda of the gays to confuse, conflate and argue that the crime has personhood? The devil incarnate?

  15. Most of the parents who place their kids in parochial schools today do so
    not because they want their kids to have a Catholic education, but
    because the want their kids to have a private school education. A
    teacher with the stones to actually explain to his students what the Church
    teaches will be getting neither support nor thanks from either parents or administrators.
    Ms. Januzzi’s 33-year career with Immaculata is, sad to say, over. She’ll be
    silenced, placed on administrative leave, and ultimately resign or be fired.
    It’s that school’s loss, and the children’s loss, but it’s not a surprise.

  16. Ms. Januzzi’s 33-year career with Immaculata is, sad to say, over. She’ll be
    silenced, placed on administrative leave, and ultimately resign or be fired.

    No, that only happens if Msgr. Brennan sides with an educrat he just hired against a parishioner he knows quite well.

  17. Art Deco, yesterday (13th March) the school released a letter stating that
    Ms. Januzzi has been placed on administrative leave. I wouldn’t place any
    bets on her weathering this storm.

  18. MPS. Thank you for the lesson. Enemies in his own household. Indeed.
    The battle is intensifying. It feels as though it is. The lukewarm will not stomach this one, and the enemy is brazen. Holy rosaries and weekly adoration we enter into the fray.

  19. Ms. Januzzi has been placed on administrative leave. I wouldn’t place any
    bets on her weathering this storm.

    Who’s placing any bets, Clinton? I’m pointing out that the ball is in the pastor’s court. Either he makes this right or he’s a craven nincompoop. Personally, I do not think much of clergymen as human beings. We live in a decadent age and our clergy are fantastic disappointments. I’ve known some I respected, but not many ordained after about 1950.

  20. Thank you Michael P-S

    Matthew 10:34 ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
    35 For I have come to set a man against his father,
    and a daughter against her mother,
    and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

    36 and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

  21. Art, I absolutely agree that the ball is in the pastor’s court. It’s just that it
    does not bode well for Ms. Januzzi that her FB post has even become an issue,
    let alone the fact that her superiors at that school and parish have pushed her
    2/3 of the way out of her job over it. It is a shame and an indictment of the
    decadent state of our so-called “Catholic” institutions in this country that
    her career at Immaculata is almost certainly over. If anyone was going to
    make this right, things wouldn’t have gone this far. She will resign or be fired,
    and very soon.
    What any employee of a Catholic institution in this country will take away from
    this fiasco is that their employer, the Church, will fold like a cheap suit when
    confronted over the expression of Catholic truths that inconvenience the
    zeitgeist. It’s less of a hassle for pastors and administrators and
    bishops and teachers if so-called Catholic education is kept as meatless and
    anodyne as possible, for fear of offending the Culture of Death.
    So-called “Catholic” schools might not be the sad spectacle they are, but, as
    i mentioned earlier, most parents are using the parochial school simply
    because they want their children out of the public schools, not because
    they’re interested in them becoming better Catholics. Academically they may
    be great (or the parents would be furious) but catechesis is not even close
    to being a similar priority, and most parents are fine with that.
    During my undergrad years I taught CCD at my college parish, an affluent
    parish with an elementary school. i taught high school kids, most of whom
    were graduates of the parish elementary school and currently enrolled in the
    city’s Catholic high school. They were good kids, bright kids, but they were
    bone ignorant of even the most basic tenets of Catholicism. These were kids
    whose parents not only sent them to Catholic school, but also put them in CCD,
    and these kids still had never heard of the Real Presence. No one had ever
    spoken to them about the Trinity. I asked the class to raise their hand if they
    thought Jesus was a man and not God. About half the hands went up. Was
    He God, but not a man? The other half went up. What about both man and
    God? One hand. I thought they might be toying with me, but no– they’d
    gone through 10-12 years in my city’s parochial school system only to be
    taught to be… Unitarians.
    Ms. Januzzi is currently the focus of a Two Minute Hate from our decadent
    culture, and her superiors at that school will probably throw her under the bus
    rather than experience her fate. It has suddenly become much less likely that
    any kids in any Catholic school will be adequately catechized, and even more
    likely they’ll end up ignorant of their Faith like those kids in my old CCD class.

  22. I recall my own Catholic boarding schools (1952-1963).
    The religion taught was very like the Anglican “Public schools” [i.e. Independent boarding schools] described by Mgr Ronald Knox: “I think, then, it should be said at the outset that public schools are trying to teach the sons of gentlemen a religion in which their mothers believe, and their fathers would like to: a religion without “enthusiasm” in the old sense, reserved in its self-expression, calculated to reinforce morality, chivalry, and the sense of truth, providing comfort in times of distress and a glow of contentment in declining years; supernatural in its nominal doctrines, yet on the whole rationalistic in its mode of approaching God: tolerant of other people’s tenets, yet sincere about its own, regular in church-going, generous to charities, ready to put up with the defects of the local clergyman.”
    Very different this, to the religion taught on every page of the New Testament: “to renounce the world, and differ in every temper and way of life, from the spirit and the way of the world: to renounce all its goods, to fear none of its evils, to reject its joys, and have no value for its happiness: to be as new-born babes, that are born into a new state of things: to live as pilgrims in spiritual watching, in holy fear, and heavenly aspiring after another life: to take up our daily cross, to deny ourselves, to profess the blessedness of mourning, to seek the blessedness of poverty of spirit: to forsake the pride and vanity of riches, to take no thought for the morrow, to live in the profoundest state of humility, to rejoice in worldly sufferings: to reject the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life: to bear injuries, to forgive and bless our enemies, and to love mankind as God loves them: to give up our whole hearts and affections to God, and strive to enter through the strait gate into a life of eternal glory,” would have been branded Jansenism or worse.

  23. FYI- According to this Sunday’s (3/15/15) bulletin for the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Somerville, NJ [], Mrs. Jannuzzi is Director, New Evangelization/Stewardship/Adult Faith Formation for the parish. The bulletin also includes the St Thomas More Column (A defense of Marriage and Family: Defending Marriage, Family and Religious Freedom) which has a submission from Mrs. Jannuzzi. The previous two posted March issues of the bulletin also include the column by Mrs. Jannuzzi.
    Also, note that the announcement of her “administrative leave” (paid? unpaid?) posted at the school’s web page [] was signed by the school principal plus the pastor, Msgr Seamus Brennan.
    Personally, I am discouraged and depressed by the lack of support from the Catholic clergy for the “Catholic faith.” This is the third similar incident in recent times (NC, RI) where so-called RC schools have thrown church teaching under the bus in order to appease the gay/left mob. So much for integrity…. And we have a Cardinal Dolan leading a pro-gay St Patrick’s Day parade in NYC. Then there was the mixed(?) message of the recent synod (Part1). I fear that the upcoming year of Mercy will merely lay the groundwork for an end run around the family (it will be done subtly via a technicality using pastoral discretion). Time will tell.

  24. Bishop Fulton Sheen once said: “If you want your children to loose their faith, send them to a Catholic School.” Wonder if he realized how correct that statement would be in 2015?

  25. It seems that the Church hierarchy, here, as everywhere there are hornets’ nests is deemphasizing ‘healthy doctrine’ for ‘arbitrariness and conformism’; not ‘guaranteeing relentless fidelity to the Word of God’. Am sorry that I forgot Cardinal Mueller in the above comment.
    Cardinal Mülller: The Pope ‘like all believers – is subject to the word of God and the Catholic faith ”

    “At the level of the universal Church the special mission of the Successor of Peter is especially mentioned to strengthen his brethren in the faith (cf.. Lc 22,32). This is not the place to deal with the doctrine of papal infallibility, but the characteristic and ultimate responsibility of the Roman Pontiff emphasizes protecting healthy doctrine. In its “Considerations on the Primacy of the Successor of Peter in the Mystery of the Church “of 1998, the Congregation declared: ‘The bishop of Rome is – like all believers – subject to the word of God and the Catholic faith. He is the guarantee for the obedience of the Church and in this sense servus servorum. He decides according to his own will, but it is voice the will of the Lord who speaks to man in Scripture lived and interpreted by tradition. In other words, the episkope of primacy has limits, resulting from the law of God and contained in revelation in the untouchable divine institution of the Church. The Successor of Peter is the rock that against arbitrariness and conformism, he guarantees a relentless fidelity to the Word of God: It also follows the martyrological characters of his primacy.'”
    Quote found on The Eponymous Flower which has more, and I am able to copy only one thing at a time – so no link.

  26. Personally, I am discouraged and depressed by the lack of support from the Catholic clergy for the “Catholic faith.”

    That’s a rather anodyne way of describing what’s in that letter. Were I Mrs. Jannuzzi, I would never darken the door of that parish again. Were I Mr. Jannuzzi, Msgr. Brennan might just be nursing a broken nose.

  27. This story hits close to my home, as I think I have mentioned before. I taught religion at a NJ Catholic high school. Very popular with the students, orthodox and unafraid to take on the issues of our time, including sexuality. Nothing controversial, just simple Catholic theology and truths. This did not happen in the other religion classes, which might be described as “tolerant” or “progressive.” In any event, no one ever directly approached me – instead I would get quiet warnings from concerned teachers that this person (a nun) and her cadre did not like me and she felt threatened. They certainly did not like what I was teaching – nobody ever reviewed my class although the pastor praised my class. (He did visit but never would get involved.) In short, full Catholic teaching was not wanted by the order, nor any robust expression of what we truly believe. The students, on the contrary, were extremely engaged. And I was not to be rehired after 2 years.

  28. Kevin: I have friends with the same scenario. Most religion classes are taught by divorced and remarried people who would rater not hear the truth. The truth of the matter is that we need good Catholic sisters and nus to teach our children about God.

  29. The Second Vatican Council, in its declaration on Catholic education Gravissimum Educationis, insisted on Catholic schools assisting Catholic parents in their primary duty of educating their children in virtue, holiness, and their ability to evangelize others in society (see especially nn. 3 and 8). Picking up on this theme, the U.S. bishops have affirmed that “Catholic elementary and secondary schools [are] invaluable instruments in proclaiming the Good News from one generation to the next” (see Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium, US Conference of Catholic Bishops [2005], p. 2). – See more at:
    ‘The U.S. bishops have affirmed’ that their schools are invaluable instruments in proclaiming the Word of God, but have found that when they don’t do so, the wind of the world does not disturb their comfort zones?

  30. I think Fr. Paul Mankowski’s essay ‘Tames in Clerical Culture’ would be instructive here, as well as Leon Podles’ observation that people go into the ministry because they want to be den mothers (on salary). We have bishops who are incapable of functioning as leaders, clergy in general who went into the ministry for the wrong reasons and have remained in it for the wrong reasons, and women religious whose residual raison de faire seems to be a contempt for the lives of ordinary women in domestic situations (a phenomenon Andrew Greeley addressed in one of his short stories; Greeley admitted he did not like nuns).

  31. Update: Bishop Bootkoski issued a statement regarding this situation:
    20 Mar 2015

    My dear brothers and sisters,
    We are a compassionate Catholic community committed to treating our students, faculty and parishioners with respect. We have never wavered from our traditional Catholic teachings.
    To that end we need to correct some misstatements with regard to the teacher in question.
    The teacher’s comments were disturbing and do not reflect the Church’s teachings of acceptance. However, she has never been terminated, as some media outlets have reported. She has been put on administrative leave. There has been no interruption in her pay and benefits.
    Pope Francis reminds us that we are to accept all of our brethren. We must ensure that our educators steer away from harsh and judgmental statements that can alienate and divide us.
    We regret that certain individuals and groups are using inaccurate media reports to push their own agendas.
    Apparently the “Church’s teaching of acceptance” Jesus’ message of Repent!
    I am very discouraged at how the diocese, the pastor, and the school have betrayed Mrs. Jannuzzi. The shepherds have turned over the sheep to the wolves. May God help and protect us.

  32. “Pope Francis reminds us that we are to accept all of our brethren. We must ensure that our educators steer away from harsh and judgmental statements that can alienate and divide us.”

    The Bishop needs to go over that horrible John the Baptist fellow who was ever harshing the mellow of his contemporaries:

    “And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. [7] And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them: Ye brood of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come? [8] Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance. [9] And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham. [10] For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire.”

  33. They forgot to add, “we are an Easter people” (or perhaps only bishops are allowed to use that trope).

    You have to shake your head at our clergy. They can’t even get the easy calls right.

  34. There is teaching of pc thought in that letter with a division lesson, but religion has been omitted. Matt 10:36 again ignored.

    Missing cites:
    especially “our” traditional teachings;
    comments disturbing v Church’s teaching of acceptance;
    must steer away from harsh and judgmental statements that can alienate and divide “us”;
    pushing “their” own agendas;
    John the Baptist, out there in the peripheries, living on bugs and converting followers was not slick enough to quote.
    Mrs. Jannuzzi did not keep her light under a bushel. The letter stating that her leave is paid must be what should console the “us”.

  35. Bishop, you stated that the teacher’s “statements are disturbing?” No your statement that her statements were disturbing are disturbing. She should sue all the moral-phobic so-called Catholic “shepherds” for fraudulently pretending to be Catholic. Jesus was very judgmental (you would know it if you read the whole Bible). Jesus wrote in the sand the number of times the men consorted with the prostitute as the attempted to incorrectly (by Jewish standards of the time) to stone her. Jesus praised people who judged correctly. You Sir are guilty of being harsh and vindictive in the way you treated this teacher and being in service of Moral-Phobia. “…… teacher’s comments do not reflect the Church’s teachings of acceptance?” Sorry buster, but neither the true Church nor Jesus accepts sin.

  36. The pogrom against a teacher, Patricia Januzzi, Sr Jane Laurel, OP, and even against Arcbp. Cordileone of San Francisco, is of course a specific focus of the much larger picture: the larger view is the chaos introduced into the Catholic Church and (as some of us predicted) a purge against those who hold Catholic belief. Whence originates the chaos? Well, who called for the mis-named “Synod on the Family”?

    1 Cor 14:31 in a few brief words summarizes the essence of the Rules for the Discernment of Spirits of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius: “God is a God of order, not confusion.” Look around you at the fragments of the Church today.

    The internal war against P. Benedict XVI during his pontificate was not visited on the whole church, but now its material agent, the present pontiff, has spread this spirit of disorder and chaos through the whole Church, and as predicted here, he would facilitate and actually encourage a war on those Catholics (whom he pejoratively calls “Doctors of the Law” (Sermon, Mar. 17, 2015, Domus S. Martha Chapel). Januzzi, Cordileone, Burke, Pell and many others are bodies to be stepped over on the journey that PF insists is to “Go forward, always forward!” (Mar. 7th 2015 address, Ognissanti Church, Rome). Forward to what, Holy Father? 10% Mass attendance? Zero? European Catholicism, now in free-fall, to 15% identification? To “none”? Is that a measure of your success?

    As Card. Mario Luigi Ciappi, one of the few besides the post 1960’s popes who actually read the 150 single space lines of the 3rd Fatima secret (not the several pages released in the 1990’s), said: ““In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.” Never before have I felt so compellingly has it been that I see this prophecy now fulfilled before our eyes.

  37. Mary De Voe, “Schism from those going down into the pit is a good thing.” That’s a chilling visual. Well put.
    Regarding the quote of bishop Sheen, sadly so true for my sons and nephews on both sides of the family. They all attended Catholic high schools. The one who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is back and was married in a nuptial Mass.

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