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Catholic parish faces human rights tribunal for refusing
to allow LGBT event at parish hall



The pro-gay group insists that the church 'singled out' the group as not welcome to use
the church space to promote homosexuality.​

Tue Jun 2, 2020 - 10:56 am EST

By Anthony Murdoch

WHITE ROCK, British Columbia, June 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — An adjudicator has ruled that a Canadian Catholic church must now face a human rights hearing for refusing to allow an LGBT “Pride” group to hold a fundraising event at its parish hall last year, according to a May 28 Blacklock’s Reporter report.

In March of 2019, the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in White Rock British Columbia refused an application from the White Rock Pride Society to host a “Love Is Love” ”Pride Week” fundraiser at the church’s parish hall, which is located next to the church.

As a result, the White Rock Pride Society filed a complaint to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal in June 2019, saying the church “singled out” the group as not welcome to use the church space, despite other groups being allowed to use it.

"In doing so ... the parish damaged the inherent dignity, feelings and self-respect of the pride society's members, who identify as part of and support the LGBTQ+ community,” said the society president, Ernie Klassen, in a June 2019 CBC report.

Kathleen Smith, an adjudicator for the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, said she decided that a full hearing is needed to resolve the dispute in her May 26 ruling.
“There are significant facts and issues in dispute. The case is complicated however by the fact the parish makes a part of its space available to those outside of its Catholic community,” said Smith according to the Blacklock’s report.

“I agree with the Society that a determination about reasonable accommodation short of undue hardship requires the careful examination [of] complex and nuanced issues, including the meaning of Pride, as well as the competing rights of the parties in this case. In my view, these issues cannot be determined on this application and require a full hearing,” said Smith in her ruling, as reported in a local news report.

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Star of the Sea Parish and the Archdiocese of Vancouver had asked for the complaint to be dismissed, but this request was rejected, according to the local news report.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, lawyers for the Archdiocese of Vancouver said to the tribunal, “Religious centres must be allowed to exist as protected spaces both for the faithful and the religious institutions that serve them who can rest assured their space is not being used for purposes which are contrary to the moral teachings of their faith.”

The Blacklock’s report says Star of the Sea Catholic Church raised concerns that the banquet would have featured “drag queens” and “same-sex dancing.”
The same report noted that lawyers for the Archdiocese of Vancouver in a June 2019 email to the White Rock Pride Society said the group's use of the hall would “encourage and support a homosexual lifestyle,” which is against the Catholic faith.

“The proposed use is contrary to the practices, teachings and morals of the Catholic faith as the purpose of Pride and the dinner and dance fundraising event is to encourage and support a homosexual lifestyle,” said Church lawyers to the pride group.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity” that are “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to the natural law.”
The Catechism calls for “respect, compassion, and sensitivity” for those struggling with same-sex attraction but notes that “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.”

No date has been set for the hearing. LifeSiteNews contacted the pastor of Star of the Sea Catholic Church but as of press time has not heard back.
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has a history of rulings that go contrary to religious liberties.

LifeSiteNews reported in 2005 that two lesbians were awarded damages from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal for being denied a Knights of Columbus hall rental for their same-sex “lesbian wedding reception.”

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Catholic school boards blasphemously mark June
as month of Sacred Heart and LGBT pride


The Toronto Catholic District School Board lent its support for homosexuality
'to ensure that our schools are safe and welcoming places for all.'

Tue Jun 2, 2020 - 8:43 pm EST


TORONTO, June 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The Toronto Catholic District School Board released a statement Monday acknowledging June as the month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and also as a month that “manifests pride” for “those in our community who identify as LGBTQ+.”

The Ottawa, Algonquin Lakeshore, and Waterloo Catholic school boards also issued statements noting June as "Pride Month", and Thunder Bay was the first Ontario Catholic board to raise the pro-homosexual “Pride” flag at its schools last year.

The TCDSB June 1 statement comes less than a month after LGBT activist and Toronto Catholic elementary school teacher Paolo De Buono asked the board to officially recognize June as “Pride Month.” The motion to receive De Buono’s delegation lost on a tie vote.

The June 1 statement is signed by TCDSB director Rory McGuckin and board chair Joseph Martino and posted on Facebook and Twitter.

“June is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which for Catholics is a sign and symbol of God’s boundless and passionate love for all humanity. We would also like to acknowledge that the month of June is of particular importance and manifests pride for those within our community who identify as LGBTQ+,” reads the statement.

The TCDSB, Canada’s largest publicly funded Catholic school board, is committed to equity and inclusion as the foundation of a multi-year strategy, McGuckin and Martino state.

“It is incumbent upon us to ensure that our schools are safe and welcoming places for all. We must also acknowledge that there is always more to do,” they write.

“We must continue to identify and eliminate discriminatory practices, systemic barriers, and biases. We must recognize that students who identify as LGBTQ+ may experience discrimination and judgment,” they add.

“As Catholics, we believe that we are wonderfully made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally — just as we are. We are called to love and celebrate one another, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us. We honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with care, compassion, and respect.”

Jeff Gunnarson of Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s national pro-life, pro-family lobbying group, blasted the TCDSB statement.

“It’s utterly blasphemous for a Catholic school board to speak about devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus while affirming homosexuality,” he said.

The image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds Catholics of God’s love, but also that Our Lord’s heart was pierced by our sins, added Gunnarson.

“The Catholic faith following Bible teaching makes it clear that homosexual acts are a sin that cry out to God for vengeance. Pride is also a sin. It is considered by many to be the sin that resulted in Adam and Eve losing their relationship with God. Sin should never be celebrated by anyone, especially a school board that calls itself Catholic,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“It’s true that God is love. Sin, however, finds no place in God or in his kingdom that he has prepared for those who love him in return. God loves us so much that he gives us laws and standards to keep us on the straight and narrow road to his loving heart,” he said.

The Catholic Catechism teaches that while “unjust” discrimination against LGBT individuals is never justified, homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and gravely depraved and that the same-sex inclination is itself an objective disorder. The Church teaches that gender ideology contradicts God’s plan for human sexuality.

The TCDSB statement was similar to those of other Catholic boards noting “Pride Month.”


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The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board tweeted: “The month of June is designated as
Pride Month. This month, and every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe and inclusive
learning environments where every student & every member of our community is welcomed, valued & respected.”

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The Ottawa Catholic School Board tweeted: “June is Pride Month! We continue to honour the dignity of every person, embracing diversity and creating welcoming places for all. We are all wonderfully made. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19).”

June is Pride Month! We continue to honour the dignity of every person, embracing diversity and creating
welcoming places for all. We are all wonderfully made. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19).


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Notably, the words in the OCSB’s tweet — “We are all wonderfully made” — and the quotation from 1 John 4:19 — “We love because he first loved us” — appear on the “Catholic” version of the “Pride” flag that Waterloo Catholic District School Board announced it would fly over all its schools to recognize “Pride Month.”

The so-called Catholic version of a Pride flag depicts Jesus with his arms outstretched over an array of rainbow-colored figures. It was one of a number of options designed by the Institute of Catholic Education, according to WCDSB’sdirector of education, Loretta Notten.

The WCDSB decided not to fly any flag for “Pride Month” after backlash from pro-family groups and concerned Catholics, as well as from LGBT activists, with the latter upset that the board was not raising the rainbow “Pride” flag.

However, WCDSB schools will display the “Catholic” version of the “Pride” flag in their vestibules this year, while the board “consults with the LGBTQ community on next steps leading to Pride Month 2021,” the board announced in a press release.

It also posted a statement on its website similar to that of the Toronto, Ottawa, and Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic school boards.

“The month of June is designated as Pride Month across the province of Ontario, and indeed much of Canada and the globe,” wrote the WCDSB. “This month, and each and every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.”

LifeSiteNews contacted these Catholic boards to ask if the statements meant they were formally recognizing “Pride Month,” and if so, how could this be compatible with Catholic teaching? None responded to clarify their position.

The dire consequences of such statements cannot be overemphasised, Gunnarson said.

“For Catholic school boards to recognize or acknowledge ‘Pride Month’ in any way is completely misguided, and is affirming confused children on a path to hell, and those who are doing this are putting themselves on the same path,” he said.

“It’s not too late to get off that path, and back to the straight and narrow road.”

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