Editorial Response from co-managing editor, Maddie Robertson
It has been brought to the Network staff’s attention that our recent coverage about the Jan. 20 Omaha Women’s March has caused some unrest, in at least one of our readers.
Many of our readers have expressed positive feedback on the front page coverage. This coverage discussed the ability of Marian students to balance attending the Women’s March and the school’s Winter Formal later that same evening.
The Network staff realizes that the Women’s March had many principles and goals. One of those principles which most concerned our reader included marching for reproductive rights. The Network staff understands that this issue, especially in regards to contraceptives and abortion, is against what the Catholic Church believes is morally right. However, we as a staff did not feel the need to state this because we were not explaining every principle of the march. Community members can find all of these principles on the Women’s March official website, womensmarch.com. We were covering why Marian girls marched. To include every right being sought after would have implied that every Marian girl in attendance marched for each right listed, which would not have been true.
To clarify, the only unifying factor, that every Marian girl interviewed, mentioned was marching for equality. Not every Marian girl, and especially not every marcher at Omaha’s “March on the Polls,” shared the same political views or religious beliefs as the marcher on her left or right. What all attendees participating in the peaceful march did have in common, however, was their desire to be seen as equals and have their voices heard. As the Bible teaches us, we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Marian students who participated were reinforcing and mending this concept with their call for justice and fairness toward all human beings.
“We are confident, independent, thinking leaders inspired by faith.” It’s the mantra every Marian student has heard hundreds of times before, and we swear on the soft-serve ice cream machine, that we do our best to live up to it.
Since the march, at least one member of the Catholic community has been led to believe that Marian is losing its sense of Catholicism. Although it is toward the end of our tag line, faith is one of the most important values of the Marian community. From theology courses, to all-school Masses, students, faculty and Servants of Mary alike are given countless opportunities to bond and grow together in our Catholic faith. Students have also been able to use Marian as an outlet to practice their faith outside of school. The Marian Students for Life Club, for example, recently travelled to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life (coverage of this event can be found in the most recent issue or on The Network’s website).
Faith is essential in the makeup of Marian. However, as we remember what Marian is and what it stands for, we cannot overlook the remaining values of confidence, independence and the ability to be a thinking leader.
So yes, many girls attended the march. But they attended because they had the confidence to stand up for what they believed in. They independently made the decision to travel downtown for the event. They thought that as leaders of the community, their example could bring about change. Ultimately, their faith guided them through it all. For whatever reason for which the Catholic students attended, they believed they could still march in good conscience.
If Marian was able to establish such a strong relation between critical thinking skills and faith relations, we’d say it’s doing alright.