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Campaign Life Catholics praises Ontario Bishops for maintaining ban on GSAs

Toronto, Jan. 27, 2012 – Campaign Life Catholics is praising Ontario Bishops for the release of a document on the new “Respecting Difference” clubs, released on Thursday January 26, 2012. The document provides guidelines for anti-bullying clubs, as mandated by the Ministry of Education.

“We are grateful to Ontario’s Bishops for listening to the concerns of many parents regarding the perceived sexual agenda of the Ontario government,” said Suresh Dominic of Campaign Life Catholics. “We thank them for such a thoughtful framework which provides solid protections from those who may have an agenda not in line with Catholic teaching.”

The document states that Gay-Straight Alliances, are “not acceptable in Catholic schools” and that issues surrounding “gender identity” and sexual attraction are inappropriate for discussion in an open forum, and ought to be handled privately with counselors and chaplaincy staff. The report also outlines that staff advisors for the clubs “must know and be committed to Catholic teachings” and that clubs may not be used for “activism, protest or advocacy of anything that is not in accord with the Catholic faith foundation of the school.”

“The Ministry of Education for many months has been pushing for GSAs which allow activism under the guise of anti-bullying and inclusiveness,” said Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Catholics. “In reality, the ministry’s agenda is not inclusive to parents and students who adhere to authentic Catholic and Christian teaching.”

Campaign Life Catholics concluded that parents and Catholic educators have been given a great gift in this Bishop’s document.

About Campaign Life Catholics

Campaign Life Catholics is a division of Campaign Life Coalition, focusing on Catholic issues in the areas of life, family and faith.

Media Contacts:
Suresh Dominic, Campaign Life Catholics, Tel: 416-204-9749 ext. 244
Jack Fonseca, Campaign Life Catholics, Tel: 416-204-9749 ext. 222