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  •  House Resolution 657 (4+ / 0-)
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    From Votesmart - Public Statements

    HONORING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS -- (House of Representatives - February 08, 2006)

    Mr. FOLEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the importance of America's Catholic schools and share my support for House Resolution 657.

    As a product of Sacred Heart School in Lake Worth, Catholic parochial education was a major part of my life and that of my family. My father first attended Sacred Heart himself as a teacher and then moved on to Cardinal Newman High School to work as coach and science teacher.

    At Sacred Heart, I was taught how to be a better citizen because of their focus on discipline and moral values. I often fall back on lessons learned during my formative years--especially in the case of November 22, 1963. I was in 4th grade and our teachers asked us to pray for our Nation and for our assassinated President. Though the shock of the tragedy could have easily given way to anger among the faculty at Sacred Heart, it instead encouraged us to focus on a compassionate tone by praying for our country and the Kennedy family.

    I am and have always been a strong proponent of public education. But by the virtue of its very nature--publicly funded schools cannot offer the type of spiritual education that Catholic schools have long provided. In search of a complete education with the ideals of trust, faith, understanding and compassion, many families are turning to the structure, discipline and academic standards of Catholic schools. Parochial schools in the United States are also responsible for educating students from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, including many who are non-Catholic.

    I think one of the unique aspects of Catholic school education is the opportunity to care for the material and intellectual needs of the child in a community atmosphere. By offering an education centered on values, the faculty in Catholic schools can create an interactive setting between parents and students that is geared toward long-term healthy character and scholastic development for all enrolled children.

    Please join me and my colleagues as we celebrate the contributions of Catholic schools following National Catholic Schools Week.

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Tue Oct 03, 2006 at 08:16:34 PM PDT

    •  This from the guy who now claims to have (3+ / 0-)
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      been abused by a priest as a teenager????

      First, Foley says he has an alcohol problem; now he says he was abused? All the while supporting the Church that abused him?  Doesn't pass the smell test.  

      •  Oh, it passes all right (1+ / 0-)
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        People who have been sexually abused as children are more likely to abuse children as adults, several studies have shown it.

        Also kids who get punished by being hit and spanked are more likely to commit violent crime.

        And parents who smoke in front of their kids make the kids more likely to smoke.

        I'm not sure why this is, i'm not a psychologist, but the trend of several of these things is startling.

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