Here we go again.
We are constantly trying to rewrite history. Denominational education was abolished and along with that name changes to various schools and, just recently, calls for the removal of the cross at St. Matthews (because one person complained!).
Are we planning to change all the names with religious connotations — Bishop Feild, Bishop Abraham, Holy Heart and even the name of the city, St. John’s?
These names are steeped in history and they should remain, out of respect for our history.
Now the target is on St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital because of some religious symbols.
Let’s get real.
St. Clare’s doesn’t discriminate.
They are bound by Eastern Health and the principles of providing quality health care to all who step inside the doors of the hospital.
The Sisters of Mercy founded St. Clare’s in the 1920s. They remain a force in our community, as is evidenced by their work with the Presentation Sisters, at the Gathering Place, the Lantern and other community agencies that serve the marginalized in our society.
They are a religious order and religious symbols are an integral part of that order and they should remain as a testament to the historical involvement of this religious order and its namesake, St. Clare.
Enough is enough. Let’s concentrate on more serious issues and leave our history alone.