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Yukon Education Minister forbids Catholic schools to teach Catholic doctrine on homosexuality

by John-Henry Westen, LifeSite News

Scott Kent, the Education Minister for the Yukon, has forbidden publicly funded Catholic schools to educate students about the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality.

Last week, Yukon Bishop Gary Gordon thought he was complying with the wishes of the Minister by removing a document outlining the Catholic teaching from a Catholic school website, while noting that the teaching would still be given to students. However, Kent this week said that was not good enough. He ordered the teaching to stop in a letter sent to Bishop Gordon March 19.
In comments to Yukon News, Kent said that “religious instructional material and curriculum in the Catholic separate schools,” which are inconsistent with Canadian tolerance laws and policies, “cannot have application in any publicly supported schools in the Yukon.”
“There is some concern over the teachings with regard to homosexuality,” the Minister specified. “That is the one concern that legal counsel in government has identified may be in contradiction to the Human Rights Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
The Catholic policy in question speaks of the Church’s loving approach to dealing with those experiencing same-sex attraction. The 25-page document, states: “It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action.” However the document also quotes the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which states that homosexual acts are immoral.
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