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Update on June 16, 2022: Bishop Robert McManus’ decree that a Worcester school can no longer identify as Catholic is a shameful denial of the Gospel, according to DignityUSA,- a national Boston-based organization of Catholics working for justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the church and society. 

“Bishop McManus has taken this fight over Nativity School’s attempts to demonstrate that all are welcome and loved by God to an outrageous level by telling them they can no longer identify as a Catholic school,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA’s Executive Director. Read More.


Nativity School of Worcester, MA, has been flying the Black Lives Matter and Pride banners along with the American Flag for over a year. However, on April 3, Bishop Robert McManus told the Jesuit school that these flags “deny our Catholic identity” and that they represent things “that stand in contract to consistent Catholic teaching.” 

Nativity is a Jesuit all-boys school that provides tuition-free education to about 60 mostly Black and Latinx children from low-income families. School leaders defend the flags as visible symbols that all are welcome and valued. 

We stand with Nativity School in Worcester in wanting our Church to proclaim that every person matters and belongs. Keep those symbols of welcome flying! 

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