In the Name of Diversity
Catholics in England might like someone of Cardinal Martino’s caliber at the moment.
This week, the U.K. parliament voted to pass an amendment to a bill that, according to the government and an agency of the Catholic Church, will allow faith schools to teach sex education according to their religious ethos.
But pro-life organizations and many orthodox-thinking Catholics say the amendment is deceptive and misleading, as it will still require all schools, including Catholic schools, to give information about contraception, abortion, and homosexual partnerships in the name of equality and diversity. The government’s education minister, Ed Balls, seemed to admit as much on a BBC radio program on the day of the vote.
“They can explain the views of their faith,” he said, “but what they can’t do is say that they are not going to teach children about contraception, how to access contraception, or how to use contraception.” He added that what the bill changes is that for the first time “these schools cannot just ignore these issues or teach only one side of the argument.”
Teachers in faith schools, he said, will have to teach “different views on homosexuality, they cannot teach homophobia, they must explain civil partnership and must give a balanced view on abortion. They must explain both sides of the argument and how to access an abortion. The same is true on contraception as well.”
Faith schools will, therefore, now be obliged to instruct young girls on where to kill a child in their womb, say pro-life organizations[reference].
This of course is not surprising in any way. You are allowed to believe whatever you want just as long as you also do what the government tells you to do.
But the Catholic Education Service, the agency which has worked with the government on the bill and which is governed by the bishops of England and Wales, supports the legislation. It insists that the teaching of all aspects of the curriculum in Catholic schools “reflects their religious ethos,” and that sex education “will be rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching of the profound respect for the dignity of all human persons.”
Unfortunately this also is not surprising. You might have wondered historically how King Henry VIII managed to have his way with all but one bishop as he went into schism and brought the other bishops along. Again the Episcopacy seems to be largely silent over a massive offense against religious freedom and the ability to teach the full truth. You can pretty much just cue the crickets. Though at least one voice, Scottish Cardinal O’Brien mentioned the government’s “systematic and unrelenting attack on family values. The whole thing is kind of like watching the Reformation all over again except the power grab does not happen under the banner of religion.
Here in the United States recently the Archdiocese of Washington announced that it is shutting down its foster care and public adoption program because of the new same-sex marriage law. Like in the case of Massachusetts and San Francisco where adoption services were also shut down, there was no religious conscience clauses allowed. So once again tolerance in the name of same-sex marriage results in the shutting down of a Catholic Charities adoption service. Previously:
The Archdiocese told the Washington Post on Wednesday that failing to broaden conscience protections for religious groups and individuals would force them to cancel its social services contracts with the city. That in turn would affect the tens of thousands of people seeking help with adoption, homeless shelters, and health services.
The idea they might have to shut down all contracts with the city seems to have gone by the wayside. The Archdioces now puts a positive light on shutting down some services by saying “Continues 82 other programs” – so that religious freedom has been violated in such an extreme way didn’t manage even a news release by the diocese about this specifically. Maybe they are too busy with Carbon fasts. The USCCB has also not managed a statement on the fact that now three Adoption services have been shut down. Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against British “equality laws” and for them creating “limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.” The same thing is happening here with very little outcry where we just seem to go along. Our freedom to practice religion is being taken away from us and our consciences violated by the state – oh well, move along.