Statement on Sacred Heart Greenwich

The Diocese of Bridgeport is aware of the issues at Sacred Heart Greenwich, and has urged all involved to work toward a resolution that conforms to Catholic teaching while being respectful of the diverse views within the school community.

A strong respect for the right to life is at the core of Catholic teaching and identity.

As such the diocese fully supports the commitment of Head of School Pamela Hayes to affirm the Church’s teaching, while also recognizing and respecting the right of students to question and challenge as they grow in the learning process and prepare to address the important moral and ethical issues they will face in their lives.

The bishop has asked that the issue be handled as a teachable moment within the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition and the responsibility of the school for the formation of students.

The Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion is almost universally understood, as is its consistent pro-life ethic, which defends the right to life of all, particularly the most vulnerable in our society.

The commitment of Sacred Heart Greenwich to bring this issue to the classroom is appropriate and best ensures that the thoughts, questions and dignity of each student will be respected.

Bishop Caggiano has a very strong commitment to youth, to celebrating their role in the Church and engaging them as they go through the high school and college years, which are a time of searching and questioning.

At a time when discourse in our society is often angry and divisive, it is the bishop’s hope that Catholic schools continue to be a refuge for young people, a safe space where they can explore difficult issues, become steeped in the values of the Church, and grow to serve their families and communities.