Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Catholic Education: the Pope, the bishops and OECTA

"Will the world listen to our voice"? Pope Paul VI (Angelus Address, 1968)

The voice of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI recently addressed the issue of education stressing the need to ground education in the truth. We, as Catholics, know that Jesus Christ is the Truth incarnate. It is His truth (for there is no other) that inspires and animates all truly authentic human activity. Leo XIII rightly called the rejection of Jesus Christ by those who knew him as "madness". Likewise, and especially, is Our Lord's truth absolutely essential to educate the young. Even the "Respecting Difference" document is flawed by fudging the issue of being and acting. One may respect difference in being, but not in acting. For those cognizant with the document, compare it with just two references below from the CDF and the Sacred Congregation for Education.   

"Therefore it is essential to educate in and about the truth: ... the truth about mankind, about creation, about institutions, and so on. Alongside education in the righteousness of the heart and mind, the young also need, now more than ever, to be educated in the meaning of effort and perseverance in the face of difficulty. They need to recognise that all human action must be responsible and coherent with the desire for the infinite, and that this action should form a part of their growth, with a view to developing a humanity that is increasingly fraternal and free from the temptations of individualism and materialism". (Pope Benedict XVI)

It is better to be authentic then falsely "nice". As such: the bishops in Canada are silent on the issue of education and its grounding in the Faith. A keyword search of the CCCB website showed that the last entry on issues of sexual morality that overflows into the recent Ontario government Bill C-13 on "anti-bullying", is dated 2005. The Ontario bishops conference last entry is Cardinal Collins' matter of fact note that the so-called anti-bullying law is in effect. This is all very interesting, but it avoids the real issue: what are they doing, going to do with reference to the "Catholic" school system being hi-jacked by a militant union (the Ontario "Catholic" English Teachers Association - OECTA) that has not only openly opposed Catholic teaching - and continues to do so - but continues to oppose and promote a concept of morality (and view of Faith) that is incompatible with Christianity? The Cardinal, and indeed each bishop in his diocese has a moral obligation - bound in his oath to the Pope, and Canon Law - to uphold and teach the Faith and Morals.  Consider the need of corrective measures that should be issued by the bishops, but are not... for just the following pronouncements ( in truth, a form of spiritual madness) from the OECTA leadership. 

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association has long proclaimed that all are created in the image of God regardless of age, race, creed, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, mental ability, or physical ability. OECTA has also long denounced homophobia as one of the threats to the sacredness of human life. (OECTA)

A school that is equitable and inclusive has created a culture that not only tolerates differences, but also understands and accepts diversity in everyone. (OECTA)

Now, consider the teaching of the Church: 

“Sexual orientation” does not constitute a quality comparable to race, ethnic background, etc. in respect to non-discrimination. Unlike these, homosexual orientation is an objective disorder (cf. Letter, no. 3) and evokes moral concern. (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith)

Pastorally, these homosexuals must be received with understanding and supported in the hope of overcoming their personal difficulties and their social mal-adaption, their culpability will be judged with prudence; but no pastoral method can be used which, holding that these acts conform to the condition of these persons, accord them a moral justification. (Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education)

Further recommended reading: 
Witness on Education
Educational Guidance in Human Love (Sacred Congregation for Education)  

1 comment:

Freyr said...

You've been sitting on that picture for months now just waiting for an opportunity to use it, haven't you? As for OECTA, can an organization that is so catholiphobic even be considered inclusive?