Firstly, why does the blog exist? The Pope wants parents to be MORE involved with education and to stop listening to sexperts, etc! We want to dispel ignorance of Catholic teachings (ie. cathechism and Pope statements). We want to spread the love of Christ and the Holy Mother Hierarchical Church (Pope Francis often calls it that – google it!). WE want people at OCSB know that Mortal Sins are not petty things – this has to do with Eternal salvation or not.
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
The OCSB proudly has the RD document on its website:
The CIA has always wondered about these statements about OCSB GSAs following the RD document given the radical nature of GSAs like St Peter’s Love is Louder and All Saints’ Rethink Hate groups:
Let’s look at the RD document:
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.
Let’s look at Pastoral Ministry to Young People with Same-Sex Attraction; this is a major document that RD says GSAs should follow:
a) Sexual relations belong within the marriage covenant between a man and a woman, for it is only within this covenant that the two inseparable ends of marriage can be achieved: the deepening of love between spouses and the procreation and education of children.7 Any genital act outside the covenant of marriage cannot fulfill this twofold purpose intended by the Creator and thus is morally wrong. Scripture and Tradition teach that sexual relations between persons of the same sex are not in accord with God’s original intention expressed in the plan For this reason, the Church has consistently taught that homosexual acts can never be approved.
b) In the catechesis of young adults, it is imperative to present in a firm but charitable way the true nature and purpose of human sexuality in all its dimensions. Encourage them in the practice of chastity, especially since society often misunderstands and scorns this virtue. Avoidance of difficult questions or watering down the Church’s teaching is always a disservice. Such attitudes could lead young people into grave moral danger.“ Moral conscience requires that, in every occasion, Christians give witness to the whole moral truth, which is contradicted both by approval of homosexual acts and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons.”16 We ask you to pay particular attention to guiding adolescents and young adults with samesex attraction away from two specific dangers. First, help them see themselves as persons with a God-given dignity and not merely as individuals with sexual inclinations and desires. Second, help them avoid involvement in a “gay culture” opposed to the Church’s teaching, with its often aggressive and immoral lifestyle
Let’s look at Pastoral Guidelines to Assist Students of Same-Sex Orientation
a) “The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living, teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ.” This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome…../// Thus, in “Genesis” 19:1-11, the deterioration due to sin continues in the story of the men of Sodom. There can be no doubt of the moral judgment made there against homosexual relations. In “Leviticus” 18:22 and 20:13, in the course of describing the conditions necessary for belonging to the Chosen People, the author excludes from the People of God those who behave in a homosexual fashion.
b) How we act or do not act may encourage those who belong to the same families, institutions, and communities toward evil. Giving scandal amounts to doing wrong against our neighbours, because love for our neighbour dictates that we encourage one another to virtuous conduct…A high school which may be seen by reasonable people generally to be giving tacit consent to homosexual sexual activity would be guilty of grave scandal.
So what is going on the Sacred Heart SHHS “Colour Outside the lines” GSA? See the pics of tweets at bottom from o’Rourke et al
1) it appears that Chaplain “Mary” is not in attendance at all meetings, violating the RD document unless there is another appinted staff member (who is committed to Catholic teachings) is present
2) The problematic movie “Owning our Faith” will be discussed. Has this material been approved by staff advisor AND the administration as per the RD document. Chaplain Mary was the original tweeter, so she appears to approve.
Why is this movie manifestly not allowed according to RD protocols? It is NOT consistent with the Church teachings – it violates both of the Pastoral Documents that we quoted above. It violates CCC 2357:
|2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
Pope Francis has called Gay “Marriage” diabolical and a manifestation from the “Father of Lies” ie. Satan
More info on this movie:
The “Owning our Faith” video includes interviewees who reject Catholic teaching on sexual morality and marriage.
Matt Putorti, a lawyer from New York City, criticized Catholic teaching in the video, claiming that the Church is telling gay people that “they need to be celibate” and “cannot live fully.”
Putorti said it is “inherently” discriminatory to say, “You can be gay, but you can’t live that life.”
Interviewee Matt Vidal, a lawyer from New York City in a same-sex civil marriage, said that leaving the Church would mean that “it’s never going to change.”
“So we have to continue living here, being an example and encouraging other people to be that example because that’s what’s going to change the Church.”
Another interviewee, Matteo Williamson, co-chairs the transgender caucus of the dissenting Catholic group Dignity USA, which aims to change Catholic teaching on homosexuality.
Williamson, who identifies as a transgender man, said this transition was “immensely spiritual to me.”
The “Owning Our Faith” website recommends a list of parishes on the website of New Ways Ministry, another Catholic dissenting group. In 2011, the U.S. Catholic bishops reiterated that the organization is not allowed to identify as Catholic and said that it puts forward positions that do not conform to Catholic teaching.
In conclusion, the members of this blog ask that the Archbishop of Ottawa investigate to see whether the RD document is being respected by the OCSB Administration and the SHHS Principal and “Chaplain”.
Given various tweets from members of the SHHS GSA, it is clear that the Catechism nor the two pastoral documents are being used to dispel ignorance of the Bible, Tradition, and same-sex attraction.
Please write respectful but firm letters to:
The local trustee, the Director of Ed and the Principal:
John. Curry@ocsb.ca, Director@ocsb.ca , SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca
See page 40: John curry is local ocsb trustee and photog of cake:
Deleted FB group from All Saints GSA?