PDF of ACBO Bishops statement:
It is a well written document – almost as good as Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family (December 8, 1995) (TMHSGE)
It quotes Veritatis Splendor, talks about natural law, sin, gender dysphoria, Theology of the Body, Courage apostolate, COLF, etc etc.
Some brief independent quotes:
“Understanding gender as a mere social construct, thus, proves deeply incomplete and dissatisfying. It is imprecise and misleading, and does not express accurately how the various dimensions of the human person are integrated in the work of human growth.”//
As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith firmly and rightly notes: “Departure from the Church’s teaching, or silence about it, in an effort to provide pastoral care is neither caring nor pastoral.” Continuing, the Letter acknowledges the fundamental importance of this guiding vision: “Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral.” In essence, these are but the words of Christ himself, who said: “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).
Ultimately, we speak of persons experiencing a same-sex attraction, or persons who are navigating questions of gender or sexual identity. In the developmental stage of adolescence in particular, these experiences may be episodic or transient. They may also persist past adolescence. Speaking of “sexual orientation” or founding a person’s identity in labels such as transgender in the adolescent stage of development is therefore particularly problematic and should be avoided. Not only does it fail to reflect the possibility of episodic or transient same-sex feelings or gender confusion that can accompany this period of human development, but, more generally, it tends, in a manner similar to all labels and categories, to reduce the human person to one exclusive characteristic.
Sadly, the ICE documents do NOT follow the Bishops’ document at all. They simply say that OHRC definition of gender ID is different than ours. The Bishops calls what the govt believes to be imprecise and misleading (ie WRONG). Why won’t the ICE and the school boards teach that it is wrong and why? They are not teaching our children the truth!
GR-8-FullyAlive_ON-TR_Grade8_Apr6 Fully Alive Guide.
Read the Bishops’s statement and then the Fully Alive document and you will see how dissatisfying the ICE document is. As well, we know the Fully Alive document is only commentary and the actual curriculum is from Wynne/Scandals/BenLevin. It is even worse.
And CARFLEO supports the GenderBread model for teaching and OECTA marches in Gay Pride parades.
Although the Bishops wrote a good document, it is not worth the paper it is written on – ICE/OECTA/CARFLEO/Wynne have come up with actual teaching documents that totally contradict the Bishops’ document. The souls of our children are in grave danger.