See the St Mark’s GSA poster below.
Resources for parents and kids (bottom left and bottom right) are
Neither of these resources are Catholic-compatible.! They talk nothing about lifelong chastity or the immorality of homosexual acts.
The other parts of the poster are about pronouns, coming out, loving who you want, transgender flag,
How would a student with same-sex attractions know Church teachings from this poster??? How would a friend know Church teachings!!???
(you can download and zoom in)
Parents were promised that GSA would align with the Respecting Differences document. Teachers were ordered NOT to “water down Church teachings” and NOT to approve of homosexual acts. How does this poster following Respecting Differences?
CCCB Pastoral Guidelines for SSA:
See guidelines for GSAs and how they references 2004 and 2011 documents.
OCSB Director has spoken both to the secular media and the BC Catholic paper how the OCSB uses the “Respecting Differences” douments for its equity and GSAs:
The school is required to follow protocols in a document entitled “Respecting Differences” which guides teachers on how to approach LGBT issues in the school, according to Hanlon.
“When a club is formed, the students or teachers who are running the club explain the Respecting Difference document, he said. “We have used Respecting Difference extensively when it comes to our equity clubs,” he said. Equity clubs should be available to all students, not only on particular issues, he added. “That’s where our schools have landed
IS THE ABOVE TRUE???????????
Respecting Differences document highlights:
a) The Catholic Church and Morality The primary teaching document of the Catholic Church is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is essentially a guide for how to live as a good Catholic. It is to this resource that we should turn whenever we are seeking guidance on any particular issue, although we should always remember that the Catechism is an authoritative précis, not a complete exposition, of Catholic teaching. There are sections in the catechism that pertain to what Catholics should believe (Part 1: Profession of Faith), how we should worship (Part 2: Celebration of the Christian Mystery), how we should act (Part 3: Life in Christ), and how we should pray (Part 4: Christian Prayer). The topic of homosexuality is found in Part 3: Life in Christ. This is the section of the catechism that concerns morality. The Church’s teaching on homosexuality is an extension of its teaching on human sexuality in general. In order to more fully appreciate the topic of homosexuality, it is necessary to situate the discussion within the broader context of the meaning and purpose of human sexuality
b) Prior to an initial meeting, the principal shall: i. Carefully consider selection of staff advisor to monitor and support the group. The staff advisor MUST be an individual who is knowledgeable about and committed to Catholic teaching.; ii. Invite the chaplaincy leader to participate in group meetings, where possible; iii. Clarify the objectives of the group with the staff advisor before meeting with students: See relevant normative policy guidelines including, but not limited to, the 2004 document Pastoral Guidelines to Assist Students of Same-Sex Orientation and the 2011 CCCB statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops “Pastoral Ministry to Young People with Same-Sex Attraction”. iv. Provide In-Service for staff advisor(s) regarding the purpose of the student group and how the group can be supported;
c) Guidelines for “Respecting Difference” Groups 1. All materials whether for group use or for school/community awareness must be reviewed and approved by the staff advisor and administration. 2. All students involved in a Respecting Difference group must agree to strict privacy guidelines including restrictions of all personal electronic devices during meetings, posting on social media sites or breaking of confidentiality of any discussion held in meetings. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of any such group and/or group member. 3. The staff advisor must be present for all meetings from beginning to end;
d) General Procedures for “Respecting Difference” Groups or Activities in Schools: i. All activities and organizations should be opened to all students who wish to participate; ii. The activities and organization of all groups or organizations formed within Catholic schools must be respectful of and consistent with Catholic teaching; iii. All mentors appointed to work with groups of students must know and be committed to Catholic teachings; iv. Any outside speakers must be respectful of Catholic teaching.