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Tapps 3-22-12 Letter

Tapps 3-22-12 Letter

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PO Box 13285
Austin, TX 78711
1600 N. Congress Ave., Suite B
(512) 339-8416
Fax: (512) 339-8670
 www.txcatholic.org 
SUPERINTENDENTS
 
OF TEXAS CATHOLIC DIOCESESSr. Kevina Keating, CCVIARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTON-HOUSTONMs. Patricia DavisARCHDIOCESE OF SAN ANTONIORev. Robert BuschDIOCESE OF AMARILLODr. Ned VandersDIOCESE OF AUSTINMs. Marcia StevensDIOCESE OF BEAUMONTMrs. Lisette AllenDIOCESE OF BROWNSVILLEMr. René GonzalezDIOCESE OF CORPUS CHRISTISr. Gloria Cain, SSNDDIOCESE OF DALLASSr. Elizabeth Anne Swartz, SSNDDIOCESE OF EL PASODIOCESE OF SAN ANGELOMr. Don MillerDIOCESE OF FOR WORTHDr. Rosa Maria R. VidaDIOCESE OF LAREDOMrs. Christine WanjuraDIOCESE OF LUBBOCKDr. James KlassenDIOCESE OF TYLERMr. John QuaryDIOCESE OF VICTORIAMargaret McGettrickDIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
March 22, 2012Edd Burleson, DirectorTexas Association of Private and Parochial Schools601 MainP.O. Box1039Salado, TX 76571Mr. Burleson,I am writing to you at the direction of the 14 Catholic school superintendents of Texas and as Education Director of the Texas Catholic Conference EducationDepartment. As you know the 43 Catholic high schools in the State comprisealmost 20 percent of your organization
s current member schools.The purpose of this letter is to raise concerns about two recent incidentsinvolving TAPPS. The first occurred in January, 2010, when the Catholicschool superintendents requested a meeting with you to discuss our concernsover the rejection of two Muslim schools by your organization. Your responseseemed to indicate that the rejection was primarily based upon the lack of comparable, competitive programming in the two schools in question. Whilethe superintendents remained uncomfortable with some of your responses to thesituation, their consensus, at that time, was to give TAPPS the benefit of thedoubt and move forward.The second incident is the recent situation with Beren Academy from Houstonand
TAPPS’
unwillingness to accommodate
a member school’s religiousconscience to keep the Lord’s commandment to observe the Sabbath.
The factthat it took filing a lawsuit and the relative ease with which the scheduling wassolved strongly reinforces the concerns of the Texas Catholic ConferenceEducation Department and the Catholic school superintendents with thestructure, policy and apparently insensitive attitude of TAPPS. In addition,recent allegations appear to indicate that the rejection of the Muslim schoolsmay have had more to do with a bias against the faith traditions of those schoolsthan the extent and sophistication of their athletic and extra-curricular programs,as you had indicated to us. The stance of your organization in both of theseinstances strongly suggests that the philosophy and approach of TAPPS is notconsistent with the tenets of our faith. Our response to the Gospel requires us torespect others and live a true sense of fair play. These actions, simply put, arenot acceptable to us as Catholic Christian institutions.

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