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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Anonymous East Gwillimbury,
May 2, 2020 - 10:46am
Please consider the longer term psychological effects of supporting gender theory.
Anonymous Toronto ,
May 2, 2020 - 09:08am
Stand by our Catholic Dogma, not secular ideology. May God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit guide, protect and inspire you to stand strong against the world.
Deborah H. Prince Albert, ON
May 1, 2020 - 11:11pm
Gender Ideology should not be part of the Code of Ethics.
Henri Z. Windsor, ON
May 1, 2020 - 08:38pm
Deeply disturbing.
May 1, 2020 - 02:46pm
May God help us.
Paul M. Nepean , ON
May 1, 2020 - 12:14pm
Are you really a Cardinal? Or a Liberal Party shill? C’mon man! Man up.
Chris R. Chatham, ON
May 1, 2020 - 10:27am
Please stand firm in upholding the teachings of the Church in Catholic schools.
Dennis F. Springwater, ON
May 1, 2020 - 06:30am
How about teaching kids the fundamentals. Stop mixing political agendas education
Stephen L. Winnipeg, MB
May 1, 2020 - 12:27am
Louise L. Winnipeg, MB
May 1, 2020 - 12:27am
Michael D. Nobleton, ON
Apr 30, 2020 - 11:53pm
I am ashamed of the Church. How can you not stand for what is right in the face of such obvious evil. If you cannot protect your flock, especially our vulnerable children, then please step down and make way for someone who has the courage to do so.
Anonymous Guelph, ON
Apr 30, 2020 - 03:07pm
This ideology does not conform to the Catholic faith. Furthermore, it may cause harm to vulnerable children. I urge you to remain steadfast on your principles and not bow to pressure from the political left.
Anonymous kitchener, ON
Apr 30, 2020 - 12:49pm
is it any wonder that our youth are mixed up-when so called spiritual advisors condone being another sex then the one we are born with and the one science can prove thru DNA testing.
Arlene A. Mississauga, ON
Apr 30, 2020 - 11:19am
You cannot claim to follow scripture and then go against it. You cannot serve both God and money.
Anonymous Toronto, ON
Apr 30, 2020 - 09:01am
Queen of Heaven, please intercede!