Pressure building on Ontario Catholic schools to compromise

These pressures are going to keep increasing.

A Mississauga Catholic high school’s decision to bar students from launching a gay-straight alliance doesn’t jibe with Ontario’s education policy on equity, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Monday.

“We are making it perfectly clear to all our school boards, all our schools, all our principals, all our teachers and all our students that it is unacceptable in Ontario to discriminate based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation,” the Premier said in Question Period.

Mr. McGuinty stopped short of saying the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board was actually in violation of the ministry’s code on equity, saying that “boards can find different ways to ensure that they adhere to those policies.”

The Premier’s response comes after 16-year-old Leanne Iskander approached St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School principal Frances Jacques to start a gay-straight alliance recently and was flatly turned down. (Source)

First of all, kudos to St. Joseph’s school for taking a stand.

Notice how McGuinty takes ownership of all the schools, both public and Catholic. And he’s right. From a legal standpoint, the “Catholic” boards aren’t really much different from the public schools. The bottom line is that the government is paying for those schools, which gives them the legal right to enforce whatever policy they want. That’s the problem with taking government money.

The only solution for Catholics to have a genuinely Catholic education is to found private schools. It would be hard and costly, but it’s the only way. If a bishop were to undertake such an endeavour, I think he would find lots of support from the faithful. It’s very doable. If we work together, we can definitely pull it off. John has already founded one such school. I’m sure he’s game for a few more.  🙂

4 thoughts on “Pressure building on Ontario Catholic schools to compromise

  1. Holy!!!! Steve, not only does this school have an excellent principal behind it, Michael Dopp, but Michael runs a great ministry in his spare time, Mission of the Redeemer Ministries. I had the great pleasure of being part of a youth retreat that featured him as the main speaker.

    Their main goal is to teach lay people about evangelization, drawing on the Church’s teaching with regard to the New Evangelization starting all the way back to Paul VI! His seminars can be a weekend all the way up to a full weeklong “school of evangelization”. For more information, please visit

  2. Are you sure Michael Dopp is the principal? The article states that the principal is Frances Jacques. I know Michael from the days when he used to be a seminarian with the Companions of the Cross in Ottawa. He’s very solid.

  3. Michael Dopp is indeed the principal at Maryvale. I’ve had a few conversations with him over the last few years. Great school. Ottawa parents are fortunate to have such a wonderful option for their kids.

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