Monday, October 17, 2005

Simplicity, Chastity and Continence? Dude, it's the prom!

A Long Island Catholic high school's prom has been canceled by the school's principal due to decadence:

As the principal put it in a letter last spring:

"It is not primarily the sex/booze/drugs that surround this event, as problematic as they might be; it is rather the flaunting of affluence, assuming exaggerated expenses, a pursuit of vanity for vanity's sake in a word, financial decadence," Brother Hoagland said, fed up with what he calls the "bacchanalian aspects" of the prom.

"Each year it gets worse becomes more exaggerated, more expensive, more emotionally traumatic," he added. "We are withdrawing from the battle and allowing the parents full responsibility. (Kellenberg) is willing to sponsor a prom, but not an orgy."

Congratulations on this school for living up to the values of the faith. It's shame that other Catholic high schools have not taken a similar stance.