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by Joseph Enders  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 24, 2021   

Catholic schools defy school board

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PETERBOROUGH, Ontario (ChurchMilitant.com) - Yet another Ontario Catholic school board is refusing to force gay pride on its students, but the schools are promoting it anyway.

David Bernier

After a 4–3 vote Tuesday night, the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board (PVNCCDSB) elected against flying rainbow flags outside its schools and board facilities for the remainder of June (so-called LGBT pride month).

"This was a divisive issue at the Board of Trustees level. We understand that this is a disappointing outcome for many in our school board community and beyond," tweeted the PVNCCDSB. "Please know, our schools remain absolutely committed to supporting our 2SLGBTQ+ students."

Board of Trustees chairman David Bernier, who cast the tie-breaking vote, defended the decision:

We know that some within our community may not understand or may be disappointed with the outcome of our deliberation. Trustees voted with their conscience on this matter and, in a vote of 4–3, the motion put before the trustees was defeated. As a Catholic school trustee, I am entrusted with serving and protecting Catholic education in Ontario, ensuring that our Faith stands out — that all we do is in line with that Faith.

But some schools are keeping up the gay propaganda. Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Courtice still has a rainbow flag superimposing its school logo on social media.

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Holy Trinity tweeted the day before the vote: "As Catholics, we believe that we are wonderfully made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally — just as we are."

Saint Francis of Assisi in Newcastle is also sporting the so-called homosexual pride logo on its social media. In a recent tweet, a photo's tagline reads: "St Francis of Assisi CES wants all in our community to feel loved and welcome. We believe that God knows each of us perfectly and loves without limits."

Back in April, Halton Catholic District School Board experienced a similar problem, dumping the flag only to see its schools skirt the measure by promoting gay pride on social media — superimposing rainbow patterns on school logos while others posted pride flags that promote transgenderism and critical race theory.

But other Catholic school districts in Ontario are taking a different route. The Toronto Catholic District School Board joined the Waterloo, Wellington and Thunder Bay Catholic school boards in May, mandating schools fly pride flags for the entire month of June.

Canada's Catholic schools, however, aren't the only ones battling the promotion of homosexuality.

Ireland's Protest

Irish Catholics were protesting Ballyfermot Assumption Parish after the church began flying the sin-supporting banner at its entrance last week. Ireland's bishops' conference condemned the pride emblem on Tuesday, issuing a statement ordering the church to take it down.

The parish priest, Fr. Adrian Egan, alleges the flag went up to make homosexuals feel included and welcome.

"On special occasions, only the Papal flag and/or the National flag, are permitted to be flown on church grounds in the Archdiocese of Dublin eg for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation," it declared. The parish priest, Fr. Adrian Egan, alleges the flag went up to make homosexuals feel included and welcome.

It appears Catholic institutions around the world are divided on the issue of flying the pride flag. Some care about upholding an environment that respects the teachings of the Church on homosexuality while others wish to promote intrinsic disorder to parishioners and their children.

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