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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Mary Beth v. Owen Sound, ON
May 12, 2020 - 06:53pm
Please reconsider and help to keep our Catholic schools Catholic.
Kenneth L. London, ON
May 12, 2020 - 06:09pm
We are male or female, made in God's image and that's it - nothing in between.
Anonymous Calgary, AB
May 12, 2020 - 03:37pm
God created Adam and Eve - male and female created He them! Genesis 1:27
John O. Ottawa, ON
May 11, 2020 - 05:06pm
Rosemarie L. London, ON
May 11, 2020 - 04:41pm
We are male or female and nothing in between.
Ruth M. McGregor, ON
May 11, 2020 - 12:05pm
Gender ideology is an abomination
Dmitriy S. Toronto, ON
May 10, 2020 - 03:03pm
"Gender Ideology" has no place in Catholic schools.
Michael M. Ashton, ON
May 9, 2020 - 10:32pm
May God send us the courageous leaders we need to be witnesses to His faithful love, not taking the lead from this lost culture but solely from His loving guidance.
Matthew D. Vaughan, ON
May 9, 2020 - 12:13pm
May God grant Cardinal Collins the courage to stand against this attack on the Christian Faith.
Michelle D. Vaughan, ON
May 9, 2020 - 12:02pm
May God grant Cardinal Collins the courage to stand against this attack on the Christian faith.
Lana S. Thunder Bay, ON
May 8, 2020 - 01:27pm
The Lord Jesus teaches: “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’” (Mark 10:6). There are only two genders.
Nigel A. Toronto, ON
May 7, 2020 - 07:12pm
Anonymous North Vancouver, BC
May 6, 2020 - 06:13pm
Archdiocese of Toronto Your Eminence, I would like you to explain to all, the reasons of this departure from the Catholic teaching.
Anonymous Oakville , ON
May 6, 2020 - 01:30pm
I pray that our leaders be bold and stay firm to our believes that we’re given to us by God!
Anonymous Ottawa,
May 5, 2020 - 11:34pm
We need bold leadership from our Shepherds.