The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver has given guidance to Catholic schools, advising them to not enroll students who wish to be affirmed as homosexuals. This was to prevent confusion among classmates and to protect the child.
The archdiocese warned against the enrollment of children with identical-sex parents and cautioned that this could lead to “intractable conflicts”.
The reasoning of the archdiocese was laid out in a 17 page document entitled “Guidance For Issues Concerning The Human Person and Sexual Identity.” The document, which was first circulated in 2019, but wasn’t reported until this week by The Denver Post.
The document offered advice to school administrators on how to best engage with young people who struggle with their sexuality and gender identity. It claimed that “the spread of gender ideologies presents a threat to the faith of Christians” and that it stands in opposition to ” Christian Anthrology and Catholic teaching.
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The archdiocese advised Catholic schools not to allow students to use pronouns that are “at odds” with their biological sex. It also warned educators against encouraging acceptance of LGBTQ identities.
The document states that teachers from Catholic schools who wish to make the transition are not “suited to teach or carry out the school’s mission in any capacity”
The archdiocese stressed the need to show compassion for students with gender dysphoria or sexual confusion. However, it stated that Catholic schools cannot work in families that rely on secular and medical advice encouraging parental affirmation of LGBTQ identities.
The guidance states that such families and schools are “working from unconcilable premises” and “moving towards incompatible goals.”
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The archdiocese made a distinction between students who expect to be confirmed as transgender, and those who are “confused or struggling” about their sexuality or gender identity.
This situation is not incompatible with Catholic teaching, according to the archdiocese. It was urged to discernment by school administrators to determine whether the child and his family are ready to follow the church’s guidelines on such subjects.
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It also provided advice for children who display the same interests and mannerisms as the opposite sex. This was due to the fact that the cultural firestorm surrounding gender has made such children particularly vulnerable to confusion, resulting in “an unhealthy focus upon stereotypes.”
The archdiocese stated that families with identical-sex partners cannot be treated by a Catholic school as a family. This would compromise its mission and Catholic identity, and cause confusion for all students about the nature and meaning of marriage.
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According to local 9News , some LGBTQ advocates reacted negatively to the document.
Nadine Bridges (executive director of One Colorado, the state’s most prominent LGBTQ advocacy group) expressed dismay at the direction in a statement to The Outlet.
Bridges stated, “When you create a space where certain people can be accepted and others cannot, you are discriminating.” “I wish the Archdiocese members would sit down with the community to have an honest and genuine conversation about being inclusive.”
“Not supporting LGBTQ parents, what message does this send to your students trying to get an educational degree?” Bridges was also mentioned.
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Fox News Digital reached out to Denver Archdiocese for comment.