Leftists have launched an offensive against a Massachusetts Catholic school system over its policy regarding gender ideology.
The Catholic Diocese of Worcester has implemented a policy for the 21 schools it oversees in Massachusetts regarding the teaching of LGBTQ and gender.
The policy strictly prohibits “confused notions of gender ideology” and gay activism from being taught to students.
The diocese stresses in its new policy that sex and gender are both inseparable and immutable.
“Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of a man and a woman within the bond of marriage,” the policy affirms.
The policy asserts that it would “not serve anyone’s greater good by falsifying the truth, for it is only the truth that frees us for the full life that God offers to each of us.”
The policy was approved by Bishop Robert McManus.
McManus previously rejected a Jesuit-affiliated school’s Catholic status after it refused to stop flying “woke” flags to promote LGBTQ activism and Black Lives Matter.
In a statement last week, David Perda, the superintendent for Catholic schools in the diocese, said:
“While some schools had policies in place, others did not.
“Individual situations were arising which underscored a need for a single policy which clearly states Church teaching and provides consistent application of that teaching across all our schools.”
The diocese’s insistence that its 21 Catholic schools and 9,000 students hold fast and true to church teaching has enraged radical leftists.
The policy has triggered protests from the “woke” Left and led to allegations that the schools’ teachings are “an act of violence.”
The policy underscores that the purpose of all entities of the Catholic Church, including its schools, is to further the “saving mission of Jesus Christ.”
Accordingly, rather than peddling social constructivist propaganda in the classroom or participating in the latest leftist fad, the schools “must operate in accord with the truth revealed by God in both natural law and divine revelation.”
In light of church teaching, the policy underscores that sex ought to be reserved for married couples and that marriage “is always ordered by its very nature to both the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children.”
The policy further intimates that unmarried persons, regardless of sexual preference, are alternatively “called to chastity.”
Extra to referencing tradition, scripture, and canon law, the policy notes that Pope Francis has repeatedly rebuked gender ideology.
Other such “ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality” have also been condemned by the pope, the policy adds.
Finally, the policy makes clear that this rejection of gender ideology and the LGBTQ agenda is not simply a matter of faith.
The ideology is rejected based on realities “also knowable through the use of properly functioning senses and right reason.”
The policy explicitly prohibits bullying of the non-straight and the confused.
It also bans students from advocating, celebrating, or expressing “same-sex attraction in such a way as to cause confusion or distraction in the context of Catholic school classes, activities, or events.”
Romantic or sexual displays of any kind, straight or otherwise, are not permitted at school.
Rather than embrace “woke” euphemisms, the policy also notes that should homosexuality or homosexual inclinations come up in academic discussion, the term “same-sex attraction” is preferred.
The diocese’s policy also addresses the issue of transvestism:
“All students are expected to conduct themselves at school in a manner consistent with their biological sex.”
“Consider the gender of all students as being consistent with their biological sex, including, but not limited to, the following: participation in school athletics; school-sponsored dances; dress and uniform policies; the use of changing facilities, showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms (with rare exceptions only on a limited, case-by-case basis, to be determined by the principal of the school); titles, names, and pronouns; and official school documents.”
The rule on transgenders and gender “identity” also applies to all school administrators, staff, and other employees.
In the event a student flouts this policy in a disruptive manner, the diocese reserves the right to oust the student from the school.
Meanwhile, leftists have imploded after discovering the policy.
MassLive.com reported that the youth-focused LGBTQ activist group Love Your Labels, MassEquality, the local YWCA, and other groups have attempted to pressure the diocese into backing down.
Gender activists have launched a pressure campaign involving protest, political intimidation, and petitions.
Love Your Labels denounced the diocese’s reiteration of Catholic doctrine and social teaching, calling it “a regressive step that has far-reaching consequences for the wellbeing and inclusivity of over 9,00 students.”
The policy “not only contradicts the core principles of inclusivity and acceptance but also perpetuates harm to LGBTQ+ individuals,” the group claims.
While claiming that “faith and acceptance can coexist,” the activist outfit demanded that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester “reconsider and revoke these policies, embracing a stance that values and uplifts all young people in our community.”
The president of Love Your Labels, Joshua Croke, who demands that people awkwardly refer to him as a plurality with “they/them” pronouns, stressed that the policy is “an act of violence.”
On Wednesday, State Sen. Robyn Kennedy (D) joined Croke and a handful of other leftists to protest the diocese’s affirmation of its Christian faith.
Kennedy stated that she was “deeply disappointed in this policy.”
The Democrat lawmaker called on activists to fight the policy.
However, it may be a losing battle given that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is leaning into the fight against gender ideology.
In March, the USCCB notified Catholic healthcare institutions that they are not to perform sex-change mutilations or provide irreversible cross-sex hormones.
Worcester is not alone in rejecting the radical Left’s gender ideology agenda.
The Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa, implemented a similar policy to Worcester’s in its 17 schools, four hospitals, and 80 parishes, thereby buttressing old common sense.
The Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, and others have similarly followed suit.