Touching on the current controversial issue of education around topics of homosexuality, the bishops stress, “Parents have the principal moral responsibility of educating their sons and daughters in matters of human sexuality.” Addressing teachers, catechists and other educators, the document says, “you play a role insofar as you carry out your responsibilities in the name of the parents and with their consent.” (Source)
It’s a sound teaching document. We can all rejoice in a clear presentation of Catholic teaching.
However, now that the bishops have reminded parents of their responsibility in educating our sons and daughters on human sexuality, let this parent remind the bishops on what THEIR responsibilities are in upholding Catholic education, in light of the Gay Sex Clubs that have their full endorsement:
Can. 803 §1 A catholic school is understood to be one which is under the control of the competent ecclesiastical authority or of a public ecclesiastical juridical person, or one which in a written document is acknowledged as catholic by the ecclesiastical authority.
Can. 804 §1 The formation and education in the catholic religion provided in any school, and through various means of social communication is subject to the authority of the Church. It is for the Episcopal Conference to issue general norms concerning this field of activity and for the diocesan Bishop to regulate and watch over it.
§2 The local Ordinary is to be careful that those who are appointed as teachers of religion in schools, even non-Catholic ones, are outstanding in true doctrine, in the witness of their Christian life, and in their teaching ability.
Can. 805 In his own diocese, the local Ordinary has the right to appoint or to approve teachers of religion and, if religious or moral considerations require it, the right to remove them or to demand that they be removed.
Can. 806 §1 The diocesan Bishop has the right to watch over and inspect the catholic schools situated in his territory, even those established or directed by members of religious institutes. He has also the right to issue directives concerning the general regulation of catholic schools these directives apply also to schools conducted by members of a religious institute, although they retain their autonomy in the internal management of their schools.
§2 Those who are in charge of catholic schools are to ensure, under the supervision of the local Ordinary, that the formation given in them is, in its academic standards, at least as outstanding as that in other schools in the area. (Source)
If the Catholic bishops want to restore their credibility on the issues of human sexuality, they’ll need to do a lot more than issue press releases and papers. They’ll have to actually practice what they preach.
Position papers alone don’t cut it. Leadership, pain, and suffering is required.