Below is a letter I submitted today to The Courier Journal in response to an editorial cartoon published in the August 15 issue of the newspaper. For those who have questions about in-person instruction, I encourage you to review the “Healthy at School Re-Entry Plan for 2020-21” here. Each school also has a more specific plan that addresses the needs of the individual school community.
To the Editor
The Courier Journal
I received numerous responses from people who were outraged by the August 15 editorial cartoon, which depicted caricatures of deeply held and cherished Catholic teaching about the sacredness of human life. I share that outrage. I strongly hold in faith that all life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death. The safeguards we put in place to protect students while they are engaged in in-person instruction are based on sound medical advice. I understand that many disagree with our decision to resume in-person instruction, and I respect their right to do so, but ridiculing our faith is not helpful as we work together to seek the common good. I continue to stand ready to defend all life and to work with parents, school leaders, teachers and public health officials to safeguard all students.
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville