Petition to Cardinal Collins: Reverse the Archdiocese of Toronto’s acceptance of Gender Theory at the Toronto Catholic District School Board


Your Eminence,

I am deeply disturbed and outraged by the decision of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, acting under your spiritual direction, to incorporate "Gender Ideology" into its Code of Conduct.

"Gender Ideology" makes the erroneous claim that one’s gender may be divorced from one’s God-given biological sex. It asserts that a person may claim to be “born in the wrong body”, and that he or she may choose whatever gender “feels right” among a vast assortment of new and novel “gender identities”, including “no gender”.

This is an abominable affront to God, whose design for mankind is clearly revealed in Holy Scripture, and affirmed by the teaching of the Church for over 2,000 years.

The Book of Genesis states: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27).

The Lord Jesus teaches: “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’” (Mark 10:6).

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “By creating the human being man and woman, God gives personal dignity equally to the one and the other. Each of them, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity.” (2393).

Your Eminence, I am convinced that, by adopting Gender Ideology, Catholic schools will now be complicit in the confusion, corruption, and abuse of children. Many children will be swayed by transgender ideas and adopt a harmful and conflicted self-image. Some will be lured into receiving dangerous artificial hormone therapy or mutilating “gender reassignment” surgery with or without the consent of their parents. Many young girls will be exposed to trauma as biologically male transgenders assert their “right” to use girls’ intimate facilities, including changerooms, showers, and washrooms in Catholic schools.   

The claim that Gender Ideology can “be interpreted through the lens of the Catholic faith as articulated by the teachings of the church” is patently false. How can something that is incongruous with Catholic teaching be incorporated into Catholic education? As St. Paul writes, “For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

As Cardinal of the Toronto Catholic Archdiocese, a pre-eminent moral and spiritual leader within the Catholic community nation-wide, and as a visible representative of Christianity to society at large, your words, advice, and direction carry enormous weight. You have the power to promote Catholic values and uphold the Christian worldview, or to undermine and discredit those values and that worldview. I believe you are doing the latter, bringing great harm to the Church and to “the least of these” – the children – who rather ought to be protected and nurtured by the teaching ministry of the Church through the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

I pray that you will reconsider your position in support of Gender Theory and direct the School Board to reject the addition of “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Code of Conduct.

Sincerely Yours, 

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Thus far 1596 signatories
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John W. Mississauga, 0
Aug 6, 2022 - 03:52pm
gender theory is a mental health problem and should be addressed as such.
Kelly K. St. Albert , AB
Aug 3, 2022 - 11:17pm
Shame on you “Catholic” bishops who are not standing up for the true teachings of JESUS our Lord and Saviour! You are cowards. May God have mercy on your souls!
Anonymous Calgary, AB
Jun 27, 2022 - 07:17am
It is time for City of Toronto to set an example for the rest of Canada.
Anonymous midland, ON
Jun 19, 2022 - 12:13pm
I do not want homosexuality to be promoted and imposed on my children especially in their schooling and development stage. this is a huge mistake from Cardinal Newman as he should go back and read the scriptures, that homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord. This is not an idea to put into a child's mind.
Anonymous New Liskeard, ON
May 14, 2022 - 08:10am
This is absolutely wrong and harmful to children
Shelley R. Uxbridge, ON
Apr 15, 2022 - 02:32pm
This is a theory, not based in science and has no place in schools.
Christopher G. Guelph, ON
Mar 26, 2022 - 06:21pm
I am 25 and a recent Catholic convert, I thank God for His holy Church because growing up I followed the culture and ended up making an idol out of sexual pleasure. This ultimately lead me very close to suicide. Gender ideology is a wolf in sheep's clothing, please don't let your guard down!
Paula M. Belleville, ON
Mar 9, 2022 - 02:14pm
Edwin R. Saskatoon, SK
Feb 9, 2022 - 02:45pm
Reconsider your position in support of Gender Theory and direct the School Board to reject the addition of “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Code of Conduct.
Pete C. Deroche, BC
Jan 30, 2022 - 10:43pm
God bless Canada
Anonymous Barrie, Ontario, ON
Jan 25, 2022 - 01:44pm
Filling out for the sake of the thing
Katherine Y. Richmond Hill, ON
Jan 12, 2022 - 03:56pm
This is so damaging to children.
Connie S. Elmvale, ON
Jan 12, 2022 - 10:17am
Greg M. Georgetown, ON
Jan 10, 2022 - 07:15pm
we are born XX or XY. There is no other option.
Anonymous Toronto, ON
Dec 30, 2021 - 08:23pm
I'm praying Cardinal that you do the right thing as a ordained servant of Christ and stand for Catholic values, and not with those who seek the ruin of souls.