Parramatta Diocese has written a new submission to the New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into a bill that would ban the discussion of gender diversity in schools. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. said this new submission to the inquiry into One Nation Leader Mark Latham’s education bill “superseded” the earlier contribution by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.
In the original submission, CEDP opposed the bill and described it as “counter to promoting and respecting the human dignity of all” and “an unacceptable incursion into the professional judgement of Catholic schools and school systems”.
In his new submission, Bishop Long said the Parramatta Diocese “affirms the prohibition of teaching gender ideology (gender fluidity) in an educational setting”, adding that he had “serious concerns, echoing Pope Francis, about this ideology”.
Bishop Long cited the Catholic position on gender theory set out by the Vatican in its 2019 paper Male and Female He Created Them, and in particular pointed to Pope Francis’ statement: “The young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created.”
Without explicitly supporting or opposing the bill, Bishop Long said it could be improved and must not “prohibit a school from supporting children who are already at risk of marginalisation because of gender identity issues”.
He also said the Parramatta diocese “strongly affirms the Catholic teaching that parents are the primary educators of their children in matters of faith and education”.
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