You don’t have to pay $11,000/year for a Jesuit high school education that aims to teach your kid the glories of self-abuse. A reader writes:
I was hoping you could bring attention to a national scandal that is certainly endangering many young souls. Shortly, Catholic high school students all across our nation will begin their summer reading assignments and in many cases the books assigned will be basically soft porn.
My son is an incoming freshman at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Tuition is $11,000 a year and the school is regarded as the top Catholic school in Northeastern Ohio. For a Jesuit school, its theology department is respected by many good Catholics.
My 13 year old son, like all other freshmen at St. Ignatius, has been assigned one book to read this summer, The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexia. See link below:
From the book:
I spend hours in the bathroom with a magazine that has one thousand pictures of naked movie stars:
Naked woman + right hand = happy happy joy joy
Yep, that’s right, I admit that I masturbate.
I’m proud of it.
I’m good at it.
If there were a Professional Masturbators League, I’d get drafted number one and make millions of dollars.
And maybe you’re thinking, “Well, you really shouldn’t be talking about masturbation in public.”
Well, tough, I’m going to talk about it because EVERYBODY does it. And EVERYBODY likes it.
And if God hadn’t wanted us to masturbate, then God wouldn’t have given us thumbs.
You can see the quote if you google search some of the key phrases above.
Nice. The Catholic Church is primarily responsible for countless brilliant and magnificent literary works in Western Civilization and this is the only book the Jesuits could find fit for my son to read this summer?
Check out the Focus on the Family Review for more:
Why is this national scandal? Well, if you simply google “catholic” “high school” “summer reading” and “Diary of a Part-Time Indian” you will find that there are numerous Catholic schools with this smutty book on their summer reading lists.
Soon good Catholic parents across the country will be purchasing this book for their sons (and daughters?) and instructing them to get started on their summer reading. They will have no idea concerning the detrimental smut the book contains. Please help get the word out about this book. I am sure there are good priests at some of these high schools who have no idea that their students will be reading soft porn this summer at the request of their Catholic High School.
FWIW, here is a little piece I wrote a couple of years ago on possible ways to deal with this (since it appears the school is forcing the subject).