FROM  THE  CALGARY  SUN — FRIDAY JANUARY 4TH 2019


“TOXIC”  CONTRACTS


LGBTQ  ADVOCATES  DEMAND  ANSWERS  ON  CATHOLIC  SCHOOLS’  TEACHER  RULES


EVA FERGUSON



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.”


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