When Quinn and Polly decided to choose gay rights as the theme for their social justice project, they had no idea the lesson they were about to learn. The pair — both Grade 6 students at St George School, a Catholic elementary school in Ottawa — told Xtra that they approached their teacher earlier in the school year asking if they could choose gay rights as the topic for their project that would be displayed at a school social-justice fair in January. Pending the approval of principal Ann Beauchamp, the teacher saw no problem with their chosen topic. But there was a problem. Beauchamp allegedly barred them from completing the project, telling both the students and their respective mothers, Ann Maloney and Kate Hamilton, that gay rights was an inappropriate topic for their project. “I was really angry,” Quinn says. “We just want to do a project so people can learn about [gay rights],” Polly says. (Source: Xtra)
Apart from the media jumping on every chance to push the homosexual agenda in every place where it is not accepted and extolled as the best thing mankind has ever known, there are substantial issues in this story, including:
1. The OSCB and most provincial Catholic School Boards’ inability and unwillingness to engage the real problem in Catholic education which is the saturation of Catholic identity, in the midst of a hostile culture which seeks to impose a false and destructive sexuality on innocent children.
2. The unwillingness of Church and Trustee leadership to come to a defense of Catholic teaching and discipline in our educational system by barring any children from parents who are in open defiance of Catholic teaching in the area of human sexuality, as Archbishop Charles Chaput did a few years ago when he was the bishop in Denver:
It’s an inflammatory decision, for sure. In his weekly column, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver reaffirmed the Diocesan decision not to allow a lesbian couple to re-enroll their two children in a parish school. (One of the children would be in kindergarten, the other in preschool, at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Boulder.) While he acknowledged the “human side of a painful situation,” the Archbishop stated that letting the children attend would compromise the school’s mission and its ability to offer coherent moral teaching; it would create untenable stress for the children, the lesbian couple, the staff, and parents of other students as well. (Source)
Update: while these parents may not necessarily be in a conjugal relationship, they are still in open defiance of the Church’s teaching.
3. The increasing burden that their lack of resolve has on faithful Catholic teachers and parents who trust the Catholic educational system to watch their backs and protect their children from perverse political and media forces which are clearly targeting the family and striking at the heart of Catholic moral teaching on the authentic beauty of human sexuality.
4. Unless there is clear and unequivocal support from the elected and appointed Catholic establishment, public funding for Catholic education will become a moot point because the education will no longer be Catholic. And if it goes down without a real fight, their legacy will be remembered as a betrayal of our trust…and God’s.
5. After public funding is removed from Catholic education, one wonders if our collective leadership understands that it is not just Catholic tax dollars that our opponents want to secularize. The real issue is whether Catholics are even permitted to associate in public on their own dime and be recognized in society….not unlike what is going on at Trinity Western.
We Catholics have a really naïve and sanitized view of what is happening in society today. It is a willfully blind perspective which does not understand that if evil is advancing, it is not going to stop at simply removing the Catholic Church’s public position in society. It will seek to closet and muzzle us into submitting to the new high priests of a sexual totalitarianism which will brook no dissent or criticism or space for an alternative view. The real issue here is our right as Catholics to exist in public. Don’t kid yourselves.