FROM THE CALGARY SUN — FRIDAY JANUARY 4TH 2019
LGBTQ ADVOCATES DEMAND ANSWERS ON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ TEACHER RULES
LGBTQ advocates are demanding the Catholic diocese respond to the growing controversy surrounding Catholic school teachers and their employment contracts, which suggest they cannot engage far same-sex relationships.
The diocese confirmed in mid-December that Bishop William McGrattan and three other Alberta bishops speaking by phone over the issue and would release a strategy or statement at some point. But there has been no specific response to teacher contracts.
“It's clear the bishops have cloistered themselves away in hopes that these issues will just disappear without any accountability or responsibility on their part,” said Kris Wells, LGBTQ advocate and associate professor in the faculty of health and community studies at MacEwan University.
“Silence is not neutral. Martin Luther King himself has taught us that silence always favours the oppressor,” Wells added.
"And for LGBTQ students, this tells them their identities don't matter, their experiences, their lived realities do not matter."
Officials with the Calgary Catholic School District confirmed last month that its teachers are required to sign documents that state they must live "a lifestyle and deportment in harmony with Catholic teaching and principles.”
Richard Svoboda, superintendent of human resources at CCSD, confirmed "relationships that would be acceptable are those recognized by the Catholic Church, that have to be acknowledged by a Catholic priest.”
He then added, "that would not include a same-sex relationship or a common-law relationship."
Education Minister David Eggen has since responded with concern, asking Catholic school districts across the province to provide him with their employment contracts.
Meanwhile, a homophobic sermon given last summer by Rev. Jerome Lavigne, the vicar of education with the Calgary Diocese, has surfaced in which he states the rainbow flag was created by Satan and goes against the natural order.
On Thursday, the diocese, released a brief statement from the “The Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocepe of Calgary, saying Lavigne’s homily has been taken down and that his reflections on homosexuality "did not fully capture that we are all created by God and He loves us all.”
The statement adds that the church advocates "we live together in an atmosphere of peace, safety and respect for the dignity of one another regardless of of age, ancestry, body image, culture, sexual orientation and religion.”
But the bishop does not address the issue of employment contracts specifically and whether the language goes against so-called efforts towards inclusivity……
THE ARTICLE CONTINUES SOME, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE OUTSIDE WORLD FROM THE CATHOLIC FAITH, WANTS NO CONTRACTS THAT TELL CATHOLIC TEACHERS HOW TO LIVE, OR THE MORAL STANDARDS THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DEEMS IS MORAL ACCORDING TO ITS LEADERS.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS DENOUNCED FOR ITS STAND ON THE MORALS OF ITS TEACHERS, BECAUSE IT IS THE LARGEST “CHRISTIAN” SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD OF “CHRISTIANITY.” AND TO SOME EXTENT BECAUSE IT DOES RECEIVE MONEY FROM TAX-PAYERS.
NOW I WOULD BE VERY SHOCKED TO DISCOVER THE BAPTIST RUN SCHOOLS, OR THE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOLS DO NOT HOLD THE SAME MORAL STANCE FOR THEIR TEACHERS AS DOES THE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS.
AS FAR AS I KNOW THE FUNDAMENTAL CHURCHES [AND SO SOME WITH THEIR SCHOOLS] STILL TEACH PRACTICING HOMOSEXUALS AND LESBIANS AND SAME SEX MARRIAGES, ARE AGAINST THE LAWS OF GOD; THAT IS IT IS SIN TO BE A PRACTICING HOMOSEXUAL/LESBIAN, AND IT IS ALSO SIN TO BE IN A SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. THE SAME HOLDS TRUE FOR PRACTICING ADULTERY, OR FORNICATION [SEXS BEFORE MARRIAGE], AS A WAY OF LIFE.
THE BAPTISTS, SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS, AND OTHER “FUNDAMENTAL” CHRISTIAN SECTS, ARE SMALL FRY IN COMPARISON TO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC WORLD AND ALL ITS SCHOOLS.
WHY SHOULD IT BE A SURPRISE THAT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM ONLY WANTS AS TEACHERS, THOSE WHO UPHOLD THE MORAL TEACHINGS OF THE RC WORLD. IT SURELY SHOULD BE KNOWN BY ANY INVESTIGATOR WORTH THEIR MONEY, THAT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS TAUGHT, AND STILL TEACHES, THAT THE BIBLE IS CLEAR ON THE MATTER OF PRACTICING HOMOSEXUALS/LESBIANS AND SAME-SEX-MARRIAGE, AS BEING SIN TO SO PRACTICE AS A WAY OF LIFE.
AND SO ALL THAT I KNOW OF “FUNDAMENTAL” CHURCHES OF CHRISTIANITY, ALSO SO TEACH ON THIS MORAL ISSUE THE SAME AS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
ALL “CHRISTIAN” NAMED CHURCHES HAVE SOME TRUTH, SOME MORE SOME LESS, BUT ALL HAVE SOME TRUTH, OR THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DECEIVE PEOPLE WITH THE ERRORS THEY ALSO HAVE.
JESUS DID SAY THAT BEFORE HE CAME AGAIN, “EVIL SHALL ABOUND, AND THE LOVE [TRUE LOVE AS DEFINED BY THE BIBLE] OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD” [MATT. 24].
WE ARE NOW LIVING IN THE DAYS AS BIBLE PROPHECY PROCLAIMED, WHEN EVIL IS CALLED GOOD, AND GOOD IS CALLED EVIL.”