‘Catholics are feeling beat up’
Alberta bishops call for defence of their school system
Alberta’s bishops have issued a rallying cry for Catholic education.
In a letter released on the weekend as part of Catholic Education Sunday, signed by the bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Catholics are asked to stand up for their faith and their schools amid growing calls for a single publicly funded school system.
“Everyone knows that the existence of our schools, fully permeated with our faith, is a constitutional right. Everyone should also know that this is a right we shall vigorously defend,” the letter reads.
The letter decries “inaccurate reporting and a misrepresentation of our moral teaching” in the media, after a parallel human sexuality curriculum being worked on by the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta went public last month.
Lorraine Turchansky, spokesperson for the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, said the bishops wrote the letter because many Catholics are not aware of the discussions on social media and in mainstream media.
A central point of recent controversy was the teaching of consent in the superintendents’ proposed parallel curriculum. The superintendents wrote that consent is important but also that sex should only happen within a heterosexual marriage.
“I think it’s fair to say some Catholics are feeling beat up after hearing it reported that Catholics don’t believe that consent is necessary in a sexual relationship or even in a marriage,” Turchansky said. “This is just not true.”