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Analysis: False Gospel of ‘Equity’ Lures Ontario Catholic School Boards

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TORONTO, Ontario, June 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Many parents are raising serious concerns about what they see as the ready willingness of far too many Catholic School Boards across Ontario to get into bed with the heavy-handed, often dangerous ideologies of the Ministry of Education’s “Equity and Inclusivity” initiatives.

One of the first major waves of these initiatives was seen in the Ministry of Education’s recent attempt to introduce a controversial new “Health and Physical Education” curriculum into grades K-8, by September 2010.  This curriculum was drawn up from the recommendations of the ministry’s “strategy” document, also known as PP119, in which all school boards, including Catholic, would be mandated to present a plan to implement the “Equity and Inclusivity” doctrine.  It was only after a backlash from many sectors that Premier Dalton McGuinty decided to shelve the problematic document that was supported by a myriad of homosexual lobby groups.

Despite opposition from parents, Church and other religious leaders across Ontario, some Catholic school boards were ready to accept “carte blanche” the equity "health" curriculum.  Linda Staudt, a superintendant for the Windsor/Essex Catholic District School Board, was said to have "praised the contents of the proposed curriculum," according to the Windsor Star.  Staudt stated that "the entire document really does an excellent job in promoting healthy, active living ... the family life component is just part of it."  Amazing comments coming from a superintendant of Catholic education: the family life component encouraged the normality of masturbation and anal sex, and put the homosexualist lifestyle at par with traditional marriage. 

Interestingly, Staudt was joined by two trustees of her board in attending the ministry’s Equity Symposium in Toronto this month.  No doubt she will be formative in establishing the final “equity” policy for the board, the draft for which they are currently requesting feedback.

What many parents are not aware of is that even though the “Health” curriculum was pulled, the “Equity and Inclusivity Initiatives” for all three school boards are going ahead full throttle.  Boards are expected to bring completion to their draft policies by September of 2010.  This policy is to be accountable, transparent and must meet the politically correct ethos of “equity and inclusivity” as envisioned by the former Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne, who is openly homosexual and who piloted the whole “Equity” initiative.

Recently, the Ministry of Education, through the Ontario Education Services Corporation, invited representatives from every school board across Ontario to attend a symposium in Toronto on June 17, 2010.  This symposium was stacked with representatives from the controversial Ontario Human Rights Commission, the O.E.S.C. and other groups that support the homosexualist manifesto.  
          
The ministry held workshops with charismatic guest speakers such as Chris D’Souza, to “educate” and “help” boards enforce their plan.  Among other stipulations, the plan requires boards to recognize sexual orientation as grounds for non-discrimination, “regardless of their moral traditions and religious principles on the subject,” as explained in recent LSN articles.

Translation: The Ontario Government under Dalton McGuinty, Leona Dombrowsky, the current Minister of Education, and Chris D’Souza’s aggressive homosexualist lobby advocates from AMENO and Harmony know what’s best for Ontario families and our children!  If you have a problem with your “heterosexist” and “homophobic” views, using the vernacular of the “Equity” revolutionaries, they will be more than happy to “unlearn” you - a nifty t-shirt slogan often seen on D’Souza, during his hundreds of seminars and workshops presented to school boards, Catholic included, across Ontario.  “Even homophobia needs to be addressed, regardless of what Catholics believe about the sexual orientation,” said D’Souza, the chair of both the Equity Summit Group and the Antiracist Multicultural Education Network of Ontario, according to Niagarathisweek.com.

D’Souza, the former Equity and Diversity Officer of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board, energetically sells McGuinty’s golden equity calf, piggy-backing the controversial pro-homosexualist doctrine on the important issues of anti-bullying and anti-racism within the schools.  Anyone, teacher, student or parent, who speaks out against this multi-faceted sex agenda or the Ministry of Education’s “strategy” is immediately tarred with the images of racists and bigots, and shut down with smear tactics all too familiar in the anti-life abortion movement.  Once you start to peel away at the thin veneer of politically correct ethics, you begin to behold a much more sinister truth behind the homosexualist Trojan horse, slowly working its way into our children’s classrooms.

At the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s website, occdsb.on.ca, there is a link under the tab Equity and Inclusivity Education Strategy, that sources one of D’Souza’s Power Point Presentations.  In it, he states that every educator has a “moral obligation to engage in politically correct and inclusive language in every conversation you are part of.”  He then lists the potential realms of marginalization that we are all called to build special rights for, in our Catholic, French and public school boards, and every aspect of society.  Those “marginalized” people include but are not limited to “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Transgendered, Two-Spirited, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Ally.” 

Given D’Souza’s clear acceptance of very un-Catholic positions on human sexuality, (see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 2331-2400), one might ask why so many Catholic School Board leaders are bringing him in to form the minds and consciences of students and staff. Are the Gospel values of the dignity of every human person and the practice of authentic social justice, as taught in Scripture, social encyclicals and the writings of the saints, not enough?  Are we to replace the glorious deposit of Faith, built on the shoulders of giants with the shallow ethos of equity?

D’Souza states, as quoted in Niagarathisweek.com that “the Jesus Christ I follow is one where every child feels welcomed.”  The real question that parents should be asking Chris D’Souza, and indeed the Senior Administrators and Trustees of their school boards, especially Catholic, is whether or not we are to welcome and promote all ideologies in the classroom.  Is there such a thing as absolute inclusion or equity?  Or are we to decide what should be included based upon whether it is grounded in truth, goodness, natural law and the common good of all people involved? 

The Catholic School system’s response to this question ought to be crystal clear!  It is not what Jesus Christ Chris D’Souza follows that should be our concern, but rather the true Jesus of the Gospels who both loves the sinner and hates the sin; the Lord who told Mary, the adulteress, that she was forgiven but to go and sin no more.  It is that same Christ who said to "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15).  Though D’Souza has a lot of good messages in his presentations, it the hidden leaven within that ultimately spoils the whole loaf in the bread of life of the Catholic Separate School System.

Today’s homosexualist movement that is being sold wholesale by mega media networks and lauded by countless celebrities, is not at all about tolerance or to simply “live and let live.” This movement is completely intolerant, inequitable and un-inclusive of any person or institution that does not put on the pink shirt of homosexualist pride and welcome this counter-Christian indoctrination with open arms. This movement is an aggressive, radical propagandist machine, decades in the making, that is forcing its agenda into the sanctity of everyone’s home, into the youngest of children’s classrooms and now even into your Church, Synagogue and Mosque. 

Make no mistake, this is a culture war, and the hearts and minds of our children are at the very center of the battlefield. 

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Vatican pressing forward with reform of US feminist nuns: Cardinal Müller

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Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says the Vatican is pressing forward with plans to reform the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

In an interview published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the cardinal said that the reform of the LCWR, which was undertaken after an assessment of the group found serious doctrinal problems, will be carried out with the goal of helping them "rediscover their identity.”

“Congregations have no more vocations and risk dying out," Müller said. "We have first of all tried to reduce hostility and tensions, partly thanks to Bishop Sartain whom we sent to negotiate with them; he is a very gentle man. We wish to stress that we are not misogynists, we are not women gobblers! Of course we have a different concept of religious life but we hope to help them rediscover their identity.”

Moreover, the cardinal said that problems specific to the LCWR are not a reflection of all the women religious in the US.

"We need to bear in mind that they do not represent all US nuns, but just a group of nuns who form part of an association,” Müller said.

“We have received many distressed letters from other nuns belonging to the same congregations, who are suffering a great deal because of the direction in which the LCWR is steering their mission.”

Cardinal Müller's remarks confirmed the assertion he and the Holy See’s delegate to the LCWR, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, made in an address to LCWR officials in Rome on April 30, that the theological drift the feminist nuns are taking constitutes a radical departure from the foundational theological concepts of Catholicism.

The Holy See “believes that the charismatic vitality of religious life can only flourish within the ecclesial faith of the Church,” Müller said in the address.

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“The LCWR, as a canonical entity dependent on the Holy See, has a profound obligation to the promotion of that faith as the essential foundation of religious life. Canonical status and ecclesial vision go hand-in-hand, and at this phase of the implementation of the Doctrinal Assessment, we are looking for a clearer expression of that ecclesial vision and more substantive signs of collaboration,” he stated.

The LCWR has openly defied the mandate of reform intended to bring their organization into line with basic Catholic doctrine on the nature of God, the Church, and sexual morality.

Among the CDF’s directives, to which LCWR has strenuously objected, is the requirement that “speakers and presenters at major programs” be approved by Archbishop Sartain. This, Müller has explained, was decided in order to “avoid difficult and embarrassing situations wherein speakers use an LCWR forum to advance positions at odds with the teaching of the Church.”

The LCWR has invited speakers to their Annual Assembly such as New Age guru Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Sr. Laurie Brink, who is particularly noted for flagrantly denying the Divinity of Christ and telling the sisters that to maintain their “prophetic” place in society they need to “go beyond” the Church and even “go beyond Jesus.”

In one of the first public statements of his pontificate, Pope Francis affirmed that the investigation and reform of the LCWR must continue.

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Birth mothers: real heroes of the pro-life movement

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What does it mean to be brave? Is it the doctor who dedicates himself to improving the health of a third-world nation? Is it the woman who faces her third round of chemotherapy to fight the progression of cancer? Is it the teacher who forgoes the comforts of a suburban school to reach minorities in the inner city? All of these are examples of bravery demonstrated in exceedingly challenging circumstances. And our society longs for stories of bravery to inspire us and fill us with hope.

As someone who works day in and day out with those on the front lines of helping rescue babies from abortion, I’m no stranger to stories of bravery. I see courage every day in the eyes of the men and women who sacrifice their time and energy to help women facing unplanned pregnancies. I see it every time a young mom — despite being pressured by her parents or significant other to get an abortion — chooses LIFE. And perhaps more profoundly than in any other situation, I see it when an expectant mom with no relational support, job, or income chooses to place her baby for adoption rather than abort her son or daughter.

This was Nicky’s situation.

When Nicky found herself pregnant with her boyfriend’s child, her life was already in shambles. During her 26 years, Nicky had already given birth to and surrendered sole custody of a little girl, committed several felonies, lived in her car, lost several jobs, and barely subsisted on minimum wage. So when she met up with an old boyfriend, Brandon, Nicky believed she was being given a second chance at happiness. “Our first year together was beautiful. We were getting to know each other and deciding if we would stay together forever.” Unfortunately, a positive pregnancy test result changed everything.

“When I told him I was pregnant, Brandon sat down on the bed, looked me in the eyes, and told me to ‘get an abortion’.” Nicky says those three little words changed everything for her. “I became depressed living with someone who wanted his child ‘dealt with.’”  Like thousands of women every day, Nicky began searching online for information on abortion, hoping her boyfriend would eventually change his mind. Through our strategic marketing methods, Online for Life was able to guide Nicky to a life-affirming pregnancy center where she received grace-filled counsel. “The woman I sat with was beyond wonderful. She helped me to just breathe and ask God what to do….And so I did.”

Nicky left the pregnancy center that day with a new resolve to choose life for her child, even though she still wasn’t sure how she’d financially support a child. “I was alone with just $10 in my pocket…and without any type of plan for what I was going to do.” So Nicky relied on the support of the staff she met at the life-affirming pregnancy center. With their help and through a chain of fortunate events, Nicky was put in contact with the couple who would eventually become her daughter’s adoptive parents.

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After meeting this couple face to face and coming to terms with her own desperate situation, Nicky conceded that the best thing for her unborn child would be to place her in someone else’s loving home. She told Brandon about her plans and he agreed that adoption would give their child the best chance at a happy and secure future. He even returned home to help Nicky prepare for the birth of their child. “The weeks leading up to my delivery were filled with a mixture of laughter, tears, protectiveness and sadness,” Nicky recalls. But one sentiment continued to be shared with her. “Brave…so brave.” That’s what everyone from the life-affirming pregnancy center to the adoption agency to the birthing center kept calling Nicky. “The nurses kept coming up to me and telling me they were honored to care for and treat someone like me.” After several weeks of preparation, Nicky finally gave birth to a healthy baby girl, and she made the dreams of a couple from the other side of the country come true.

Nicky’s adoption story continues to be riddled with a strange combination of pain and joy. “I cry every day, but I know my baby, who came out of a very bad time, ended up being loved by people from across the country.” When asked what message she’d like to share with the world about her decision to give up her child for adoption, Nicky responds, The voice of the mother who gives up a baby for adoption isn’t heard. We need to change that.”

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New York farmers stop hosting weddings after $13,000 fine for declining lesbian ceremony

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New York farmers Robert and Cynthia Gifford, who were ordered last week to pay $13,000 for not hosting a same-sex "wedding," say they are closing that part of their operation.

"Going forward, the Giffords have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their farm, other than the ones already under contract," said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyer James Trainor. ADF represented the Giffords in their legal fight against New York's non-discrimination law.

Last week, the Giffords were ordered to pay a $10,000 fine to the state of New York and $3,000 in damages to a lesbian couple, Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, who approached them in 2012 about hosting their "wedding." The Giffords, who are Roman Catholic, said their religious convictions would not let them host the ceremony, but that McCarthy and Erwin could hold their reception on their property.

Unbeknownst to the Giffords, the lesbian couple recorded the two-to-three minute conversation. After declining to hold the reception on the Giffords' farm, on which they live and rent property, the lesbian couple decided to make a formal complaint to the state's Division of Human Rights.

Eventually, Judge Migdalia Pares ruled that the Giffords' farm, Liberty Ridge Farm, constitutes a public accommodation because space is rented on the grounds and fees are collected from the public. The Giffords argued that because they live on the property with their children, they should be exempt from the state law, but Pares said that this does not mean their business is private.

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Trainor told TheBlaze that the Giffords' decision to end wedding ceremonies at Liberty Ridge “will hurt their business in the short run," but that was preferable to violating their religious beliefs.

“The Giffords serve all people with respect and care. They have hired homosexual employees and have hosted events for same-sex couples,” he said.

However, "since the state of New York has essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions," Trainor explained to LifeSiteNews. "No American should be forced by the government to choose between their livelihood and their faith, but that’s exactly the choice the state of New York has forced upon the Giffords."

"They will continue to host wedding receptions," said Trainor.

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