Students Grow Sick at Mass: “Something was in the air”

St. Hugo’s in Michigan, from the Detroit Free Press:

Police and hazardous materials experts have finished sweeping St. Hugo of the Hills church and school in Bloomfield Hills and have ruled out carbon monoxide as a possible cause of the sickness that sent at least three students to the hospital Wednesday morning and forced the evacuation of both the church and the school.

Officials are still on the St. Hugo campus, conducting further tests of the air- conditioning and heating system in search of something that might explain why half a dozen children fell ill during mass Wednesday morning…

…During the serving of the Eucharist, some children around Kelly were whispering about someone fainting. Just before the final hymn, the seventh and eighth grade classes began to file quickly out of the church.

“We had to rush out of mass because someone said there was something in the air,” Kelly said later. “We were all scared and everything. It was raining hard.”

The students had just returned to their classrooms in the school building, which is near the church but not connected to it, when the fire alarm sounded. Many in the building thought it was a drill – until they got outside and saw police vehicles on the church lawn.

“This is why you pay Catholic tax dollars”

I have to admit ignorance on this, do Canadians pay religious tax dollars? This story is about an attempt to get the Catholic school board to ban a book that was approved for use in the district by the family life office (which I’m guessing didn’t carefully read the book it approved). From The National:

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board should stop using a resource book that students never see because it presents homosexuality as “morally neutral,” a group says.

Defend Traditional Marriage and Family objects to “Open Minds to Equality” because it could lead people “to reject scriptural teaching on homosexual acts,” group spokesman Jack Fonseca told the board’s family live advisory committee on Wednesday.

“They will have been led to reject Jesus,” Mr. Fonseca said.

The book is an optional resource teachers can use if, for example, they want to address objectionable things being said in class, said Catholic board spokesman John Shewchuk.

The book was approved by the family life committee several years ago and kids never see it, Mr. Shewchuk added.

But even the fact teachers can use it is dangerous, Mr. Fonseca said.

Many resources are secular and parents trust teachers to use them with discretion, committee chairwoman Cathy Sweeney said.

But committee member Joann Schmalz said Catholic parents want their kids to be taught Catholic teachings, such as that sex is for procreation.

“This is our faith. This is why you pay Catholic tax dollars,” she said.

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