St. Vianney Catholic High School in St. Louis, MO has denied a student the right to opt out of a theology class after parents brought to the administration’s attention the heterodox and heretical social media activities of the Sophomore theology teacher.
This past December, the parents of the student communicated with the school’s principal, Ian Mulligan, cc’ing the school’s president Mike Loyet, through a series of emails to request that their son be allowed to opt out of Meredith Caul’s theology class because of her advancement of homosexuality and women’s ordination both in and out of the classroom.
Throughout the exchange, Mulligan refused to address specific concerns in email but ultimately rejected the parents’ wishes. Despite providing proof of Mrs. Caul’s dissidence against Church teaching and offering to dual enroll their son in a comparable theology course through Franciscan University, Mulligan concluded in an email dated 6 January:
”While we understand that you made a request for him to take a different course in lieu of sophomore Theology, we did not agree to that as a school. The expectation is that he attends the Sophomore Theology that he is enrolled in to remain a student in good academic standing at Vianney.”
Screen captures from Mrs. Caul’s facebook and twitter accounts reveal that she has used the classroom to discuss inappropriate sexual matters with students, has endorsed the idea of women’s ordination to the priesthood, and has supported “Coming Out Day,” wherein people are encouraged to express and embrace their homosexuality.
In December 2019, Mrs. Caul made light of an in-class conversation regarding the immoral sexual activity of one of her students who had apparently received a “hickey.”
In October 2019, Mrs. Caul discussed sexual positions with her students.
In October 2018, Mrs. Caul posted an in-class conversation regarding “National Coming Out Day,” indicating that there was nothing wrong with individuals expressing and embracing their homosexual inclinations.
In April of 2018, Mrs. Caul applauded a student’s argument in favor of women’s ordination to the priesthood based upon the assertion that “The Church could always use help. Women have ideas and are, a lot of times, smarter than men.”
In December of 2018, Mrs. Caul applauded a priest’s homily during Mass, highlighting his claim that there are various types of families, including those with “two mothers” and “two fathers,” ending with the hashtag “LoveIsLove.”
This isn’t surprising, however, considering that in May of 2018, Mrs. Caul applauded and celebrated the same-sex “marriage” of her sister to another woman, even referring to the two woman as “wives.”
On Tuesday, January 15, The Lepanto Institute reached out to St. John Vianney High School for comment, with the following email:
Dear Mr. Mulligan and Mr. Loyet,
My name is Michael Hichborn and I’m the founder and president of the Lepanto Institute. Our organizations is dedicated to investigating and reporting on matters pertaining to the current crisis of faith in the Catholic Church today, and it was in this capacity I was contacted by the parent of one of your students.
This parent was alarmed by the social media postings of your 10th grade theology teacher, Mrs. Meredith Caul, who was clearly promoting homosexuality on facebook and twitter. Because of this, the parents requested that their son be allowed to opt out of Mrs. Caul’s class.
Upon further investigation, it has become clear that Mrs. Caul is using the classroom to advance ideas which directly conflict with Catholic teaching. We have collected quite a bit of information on Mrs. Caul, but the attached sample should suffice to prove the gravity of the situation. As you will see in the attachment, in addition to engaging in inappropriate discussions with her students, Mrs. Caul applauded a student’s classroom defense for the priestly ordination of women and facilitated a discussion centered around “National Coming Out Day,” as if it were perfectly normal and acceptable for someone to openly declare their homosexuality.
Before we send a report to the bishop and before we publish our findings, we wish to give you an opportunity to clear up any possible misunderstandings or to rectify the situation should you not have been aware of these classroom activities. As such, I am hoping you can provide answers to the following questions:
- Do you have an employee policy which stipulates that teachers must adhere to Church teaching and refrain from teaching anything counter to it?
- Do you have an employee conduct policy which forbids employees from engaging in behavior or activities which would reflect poorly on the school or the Catholic faith?
- Do you have a written policy which forbids students from opting out of classes?
- Were you aware that Mrs. Caul was advancing ideas contrary to Catholic teaching both outside and inside your classroom?
- Were you aware that Mrs. Caul has openly celebrated the same-sex “marriage” of her sister?
- Is there any information you believe we should be made aware of prior to finalizing our report?
Thank you for your attention in this matter.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Despite repeated attempts to ask for comment, the Lepanto Institute received no response.