US Catholic School Systems Remain Silent on Homophobic Bullying

Silence in the Face of Homophobic Bullying

The question I believe that many Catholics need to face is homophobia acceptable in name of Church Teaching. While homophobic bullying goes on in many of our Catholic School systems, the Catholic School Superintendents turn their head, much like many bishops did in the Church around the issue of Clergy Sexual abuse.

We know that the Catholic Bishops of the United States are out of step with the rest of the layity when it comes to gay marriage, and anti-gay discrimination in employment. Yet the Bishops continue to promote the idea that our belief is focused on their right to discriminate against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered people.

So what can we do about it? Our faith teaches us that prayer is important, but just as important as prayer is action. It is not our intent to curse the darkness, but to light a candle. We are recommending that in the June meeting of the US Council of Catholic Bishops that the Bishops discuss the matter of homophobic bullying in Catholic Schools, and what can be done to address that situation.

The silent majority in the Church has responsibility to call our bishops to place of listening not to do so would only prolong the ongoing bullying in Catholic School systems across the country.  It is time for the Bishops to seriously listen to the Catholic parents of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered children, if not what alternative do the bishops give to these parents who want to protect their children. Have we not already paid out enough on the clergy sexual abuse scandal? Surely listening to people with varying opinions on this very important matter cannot be a threat to the Teaching Magiserium.

Ann Smith
Rainbow Sash Movement

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