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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Marilyn S. CALGARY, AB
Apr 29, 2020 - 11:41pm
Why is a Catholic school offering a gender theory course?
Anonymous North York, ON
Apr 29, 2020 - 05:26pm
Incorporating the term "Gender Identity" into the Code of Conduct instead of including that "all people should be treated with respect because they are children of God" may lead to the possibility that teaching the Catholic Church's view on Gender Identity in the schools is seen as a violation of a person's "human rights.&q
M L. St. George , ON
Apr 29, 2020 - 10:27am
No comment.
Ela L. Toronto, ON
Apr 29, 2020 - 09:49am
We are all made equal- with equal dignity. Let us be united in our God-given dignity, rather than veering further from that
Anonymous East Gwillimbury, ON
Apr 28, 2020 - 11:15pm
This goes directly against Catholic teaching. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, -Romans 12:2
William H. Stittsville, ON
Apr 28, 2020 - 10:13pm
This anti-Christian teaching does not belong in Catholic schools.
Kathryn H. Kitchener, ON
Apr 28, 2020 - 06:12pm
God chooses our gender!
Anonymous Toronto, ON
Apr 28, 2020 - 04:35pm
It's disturbing to see that the Catholic Church has also given in to this deceitful ideology being pushed upon children. Let's stop it and teach the truth to children who chose to be taught in the Catholic school board!
Monique F. Chelmsford, ON
Apr 28, 2020 - 03:59pm
I read every comment from page 1 to 94.Am so impressed with the true faith of the laity. However, only one priest expressed his outright disgust! Where are all the others? May God bless abundantly the only one who stood up for Him.
Anonymous Woodstock, ON
Apr 28, 2020 - 03:34pm
I am extremely disappointed and disheartened that Your Eminence is condoning this.
Donna B. Ottawa, ON
Apr 28, 2020 - 11:51am
We are as God created us.
Theresa M. BRantford, ON
Apr 28, 2020 - 10:01am
Thank you. Praying for you, Your Eminence!
Anonymous Toronto, ON
Apr 28, 2020 - 07:29am
Please change your mind. Protect our children.
Anonymous Sudbury, ON
Apr 27, 2020 - 04:27pm
Queen of Heaven, please intercede!
Anonymous Toronto, ON
Apr 27, 2020 - 04:06pm