Debate over gay support groups in Catholic schools set to resume


The debate over support groups for gay students, and ultimately whether Catholic school boards can be accountable to both the province and the Roman Catholic Church, is about to heat up again at the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

Trustees will consider a series of amendments to their provincially mandated anti-bullying policy Wednesday that appear to place the Pope’s authority above Premier Dalton McGuinty’s. The TCDSB’s board meetings have been well-attended since the spring, with a small but vocal contingent of residents objecting to homosexuality being taught in any way in Catholic schools – including in the context of bullying prevention.

“The government seems to be pushing some things and some concepts that may not necessarily be congruent with what we [as Catholics] think,” said trustee John Del Grande, one of the authors of the amendments.

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