As Catholic school districts in Canada struggle to develop and implement “transgender policies,” one priest in the Diocese of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada, told The Cardinal Newman Society that any school policies or programs leading students to embrace gender “identities” will “inevitably hurt students who are trying to live the Catholic Faith.”
“I can say that embracing these identities can be very troublesome and hurtful for all students, not just those who are dealing with transgender issues. Embracing an identity means that our whole life meaning becomes consumed by something that is superficial, something that does not penetrate to the core of who we are,” said Father Gregory Roth in an interview with the Newman Society.
“I do not self-identify as a 'Star Wars' fan because I do not believe that is something which penetrates to the core of who I am, but I do self-identify as a baptized Christian and priest, because that does indeed change who I am,” he said, adding further that “any program which leads students to accept identities which are contrary to the Catholic Faith will inevitably hurt students who are trying to live the Catholic Faith.”
Before being forced to do so by the provincial government, the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association (SCSBA) started a process to draft policies on the pastoral care of transgender students and how to handle student requests for gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in the schools of Saskatchewan’s dioceses- See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4485/Priest-Acceptance-of-Sexual-%e2%80%98Identities%e2%80%99-in-Catholic-Schools-Will-%e2%80%98Inevitably-Hurt-Students%e2%80%99.aspx#sthash.P08oLjfT.dpuf