It's one of the reasons I won't teach in high school, though I was fool enough to start my career in a Catholic board: I would have to risk my career and speak out, though little more would happen than being sidelined, which is already the position of all the teachers with a personality. A close friend and colleague, and bisexual if you need a label, quit her job in a Catholic board because she refused to live a double life: quite proud of her. I have raised the hackles of a few parents and administrators on this issue, by pointing out to students that more than 5% of the people they know are gay so it is not a big deal, and by adhering to the Catechism of the Catholic Church by teaching tolerance. Shoving the latter in their face shuts up most, and the rest I tell them take it up with the bishop if they think I am wrong... Wonder if he's gay?
Yes, the Catholic Church teaches tolerance. A %$#@ed-up form of tolerance, but more tolerance than the vermin in the Halton Board have in them.
Chastity and homosexualityIn short, the Catholic Church says homosexuals are damaged-goods who may not %$#@, but should be treated decently. I disagree with half of that attitude of course, but it does show that intolerant 'Catholics' would be better off in a more hateful denomination.
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
In addition to ignorance, fundamentalists are unable to process logic. One of the poorer arguments for not allowing same-sex partners at high school dances is that it promotes sexual relations between homosexuals. Sounds sensible from a Catholic point of view, except in that case dances also promote premarital sex between heterosexual minors. Be careful what cans of worms you open. Guess there should be no high school dances at all! I don't think that the Ontario Catholic Schools should be getting public money unless they stop the bigotry. As it is you cannot defend publicly funded parochial schools. We have a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and I do not accept religious or cultural exemptions. Sure, I'd like to keep my job: roll our schools into the public board if the Catholic Schools won't shape up.