Canada’s Bill 13: Against Catholic Teaching
1. Parental right, as well as religious freedom, is being threatened and suppressed by the government.
- The Catholic Church teaches that parents are first educators of their children:
2223 Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the “material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.” Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them:
- “He who loves his son will not spare the rod. . . . He who disciplines his son will profit by him”
- “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord”
Bill 13 – McGuinty’s anti-bullying law
v Although the bill’s purpose is commendable, it should alarm Catholic parents sending their kids to Catholics schools since it mandates that the school should support Gay-Straight Alliances (Additional Section: 303.1). The Church has opposed GSAs in Catholic schools for many reasons. Gay-straight alliances work to achieve a radical agenda of social equality, including recognition of a fluid view of gender identity that the Church does not support.
v Since GSAs openly promote the acceptance of homosexual acts, the GSA agenda has no place in Catholic schools. In a letter from January 20, 2010, Bishop Durocher stated that the Assembly of Ontario Catholic bishops oppose them because they reinforce the early self-identification of students as gay.
v What do these Bill 13 MPP supporters are saying:
MPP Glen Murray after reading the Catechism of the CC on homosexuality said: I have to say to the bishops ‘You are not allowed to do that anymore’.
MPP Kathleen Wynne dismissing the protest (by parents concerned about Bill 13) that happened last March: It’s just not enough anymore to condone any of the actions of those who pretend to be Christian-because they’re not. That’s what I’ll say: They’re not Christians.”
v We as Catholics and parents should be disturbed by what is happening. The government wants to take over our rights as parents and our right to religious freedom. They pass anti-bullying laws but they themselves bully religious organization into abandoning the teachings of their faith and tell them what to teach as religion. This is not separation of Church and State. Even though Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the supremacy of denominational rights in public Catholic schools is absolute: it is immune from a Charter challenge.
v We should take active part in making our voices heard. We should be involved in our children’s education. What is at stake here is the future of our children. In the future, they may not enjoy the full expression of faith like we do today.
(Source: PAFE http://www.p-first.com/)
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