‘Catholics are feel­ing beat up’

Al­berta bish­ops call for de­fence of their school sys­tem

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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.”

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