Statement of Catholic Morality
Wood Rose Academy and Preschool was founded to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ rooted in the tradition of the Catholic Church and Sacred Scripture. For this reason, we are committed to presenting Catholic moral teaching with fidelity, and we firmly adhere to our mission in all school endeavors.
All Wood Rose Academy and Preschool students and staff are required to take part in certain Catholic traditions and attend various Catholic events, including the periodic all-school Mass. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are expected to show respect for the Church's traditions and refrain from displays of lifestyles or behaviors that conflict with Catholic moral teaching. Fundamental principles of morality can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church ("CCC"). Examples include:
The Sanctity of Human Life
We believe all human life is of inestimable value and sacred in all stages, from conception to natural death. We are commanded by God to protect and defend human life regardless of its condition — pre-born babies, persons with physical or intellectual disabilities, the elderly, the sick, the suffering, and the dying. (Ps. 139 13-16, 1 Cor. 6:19, CCC 2258-2279)
The Gift of Sexuality
We believe God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the mystery of God. Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of natural law, biological anatomy, and God's plan for the human person made in His image. (Gen. 1:26-27, Matt. 19:4-6, CCC 2333-2334)
The Dignity of Marriage
We believe the term "marriage" means the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive, and permanent union. We also believe God intends sexual intimacy to occur only in marriage as a means of expressing the love and fidelity of husband and wife and participating in God's gift of procreation. Living life according to God's plan for marriage leads us closer to His love, while misusing our sexuality through unchastity (e.g. pornography, fornication, homosexual behavior, cohabitation, etc.) hurts us and leads us away from God. (Gen. 2:18-25, Eph. 5:31-33, CCC 2337-2365)
These examples are not intended to be an exhaustive list; rather, they are given as particularly relevant illustrations of our beliefs. Under the guidance of the bishop of Oakland, Wood Rose Academy’s principal and administration are responsible for faithfully safeguarding and transmitting the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic faith.
Link to Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): https://www.kofc.org/en/catechism/index.html