Not in the publicly-funded Catholic schools!
On Monday, Cardinal Collins was asked how he would defend Church teachings on homophobia. He said that it was too complicated an issue to discuss for a news story.
“We see the face of Christ in everyone,” he said.‘Our position is not going to make sense someone who is not first and foremost a disciple of Christ’
The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association said it endorsed clubs based on sexuality but would not use the word “gay,” arguing the word is too distracting. But it said it would abide by the new law. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association said it supports GSAs in their schools.
Activists say the church position on homosexuality carries an inherent contradiction: You cannot say you deplore what people do but at the same time say you love them. In effect, she said, that teaching raises serious questions whether taxpayer-funded Catholic education is needed or even desirable.
“A GSA meeting is usually nothing more than having a pizza and a discussion about how to make schools safer,” said Helen Kennedy, executive director of EGALE Canada, the largest gay advocacy group in the country. “What can be wrong with that?”
Any attempt to say that the Church’s position is not homophobic will fail, she added.
“There is no way to defend that, period. It’s indefensible. It is just plain ignorance.”
Fr. Michael McGourty said that the Catholic teaching on homosexuality is “extremely difficult to explain,” especially to a secular audience.
“The explanation is first and foremost a matter of faith. Our position is not going to make sense someone who is not first and foremost a disciple of Christ.
Sadly, the province is going to make it illegal to make disciples of Christ in the Catholic schools. Everyone seems to be so afraid of being called homophobic, when sadly, you will be called homophobic anyway, so might as well get on with it.
Here’s what Cardinal Collins could have said, but perhaps realized most Catholics would disagree with him:
Any sexual act outside of a life-long marriage between a man and a woman that is not both unitive and procreative i.e. open to new life is contrary to Catholic teaching. That means masturbation, fornication, adultery, anal sex, oral sex, mutual masturbation, AND artificial contraception etc. etc. Oh, and IVF or artificial insemination that does not involve the sexual act.
Whether the majority of self-identified Catholics agree with this or not, or understand it or not, is irrelevant because the Catholic Church is not a democracy and the faith is not determined by polls.