Academy of the Holy Names, Florida Catholic Conference retaliate in “awakened culture” lawsuit


The Academy of the Holy Names opposes a lawsuit brought by benefactors claiming that the school presents itself as Catholic by adopting the “awakened culture”.

The school, along with the Florida Catholic Conference, filed petitions in late September to dismiss the case filed by Barbara and Antoine Scarpo, who are asking for reimbursement on a pledge of $ 1.3 million made in 2017.

The Scarpos filed a lawsuit against the Academy and the FCC in June, accusing the school of breaking the contract by falsely promising a Catholic education. In the lawsuit, the couple demand that the school rescind its pledge of $ 1.3 million as well as previous tuition payments for their two daughters who previously attended school. According to the complaint, the tuition fees are over $ 50,000.

“The Academy has strayed, moving away from mainstream Catholicism and embracing a new politically correct, confrontational and ‘awake’ culture where gender identity, human sexuality and termination of pregnancy, among other ‘burning issues’ ‘, took center stage,’ complaint reads.

The pair are also seeking a court order prohibiting the Academy from branding itself as a “Catholic” school and from suspending FCC accreditation.

“Under the guise of” justice, equity, diversity and inclusion “and protecting its diverse students, the Academy has chosen to blame its white students by making them believe they were guilty simply because of their skin color or because their parents could afford to pay school fees, “the complaint read.” Rather than viewing racism and hatred through the prism of Catholic education, the defendants chose to offer only one point of view – as students you should feel guilty if you are white and your parents can afford our tuition – with or without financial aid. “

However, in recently filed dismissal motions, the Academy and the FCC argue that the separation of church and state under the First Amendment prohibits government courts from “interfering” in disputes over beliefs. or religious doctrine.

“The nature of the plaintiffs’ claims, by definition, would require the court to determine what constitutes” a Catholic education consistent with the position of mainstream Catholicism “, and indeed what constitutes” mainstream Catholicism, “the FCC wrote.

Judge Paul huey is set to hear the lawsuit on December 14.

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