The Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs is OK with the banning of the public wearing of rosaries in District 11 Colorado Springs schools, Msgr Bob Jaeger told me Tuesday.
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“The rosary was made to be an article of faith, an instrument of prayer,” Jaeger said. “It is not jewelry.”
Jaeger said school districts have a right to dictate the dress code, even if that includes banning the students from wearing for all to see crosses, beads and rosaries.
Mann Middle School says children can still wear rosaries as long as its under their shirt. Mann Middle principal Scott Stanec didn’t return calls Tuesday asking for clarification on whether both the cross and rosary are banned at the school.
Jaeger also pointed out that it is OK for U.S. military to wear the Rosary above their shirt because the spiritual significance runs deep for military families.