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Inclusivity Week: different sexual orientations celebrated at Ontario Catholic school

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THORNHILL, Ontario, June 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Catholic high school in the York Catholic District School Board held its second annual “Inclusivity Week” this spring with “rainbow inspired” events that included a “celebrat[ion] of our different genders, races, sexual orientation [sic] and abilities”.

St. Robert Catholic High School’s Empowered Student Partnerships (ESP) club dedicated each day of the week to a different theme of inclusion, including “Different Abilities,” "Gender Equality,” and "Bully Prevention". The week took place in March. 

ESP is a student-driven campaign to “keep schools safe” facilitated by school staff together with Toronto Police Service officers. The program encourages students to promote “safe schools to reduce youth violence”.

Gay activists are increasingly using the concepts “safety” and “anti-bullying” to promote the homosexual agenda in schools.

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St. Robert’s “Inclusivity Week” included “theme-inspired morning prayers written by students, announcements, posters, videos, and trivia games.” All members of the school were asked to “reflect on what it means to be a caring and inclusive school, where everyone feels part of the school community.” 

The week ended with a “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation" event where students were asked to wear a solid coloured shirt as a show of support. Students were provided with rainbow coloured cupcakes and rainbow tattoos. Collaborating on the event were ESP and St. Robert’s Inclusive/Outreach Group. 

“[W]e came together as a community so that we can love and be loved in our own skin,” said Priscilla C., a grade 12 student and ESP member. 

St. Robert’s motto is “knowledge is the beginning”. The school’s websites states that a Catholic High School is a place where the “teachings of Jesus Christ are integrated into the day-to-day curriculum and social fabric of high school.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts “intrinsically disordered” since they are “contrary to the natural law” and they “close the sexual act to the gift of life.” It also says that the inclination itself is “objectively disordered”. While people with such inclinations are to be “accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” under “no circumstances” can homosexual acts be approved. 

LifeSiteNews.com contacted St. Robert’s principal Jennifer Sarna and the York Catholic District School Board for comment but did not hear back by press time. 

The York Catholic District School Board was in the news last week after LifeSiteNews reported that one of its schools — St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School in Aurora — was raising money for the social justice group CARE, a group that promotes and/or provides abortion, sterilization, and contraception in developing countries as part of its "sexual and reproductive health" advocacy." 

Contact info:

St. Robert Catholic High School
Jennifer Sarna, Principal
Ph: (905) 889-4982 - ext. 234
Email: [email protected] 

York Catholic District School Board
Patricia Preston, Director of Education
Via Silvana Greco, Secretary to the Director of Education
Ph: 905 713 1211 ext.13102
Email: [email protected]

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