Reaction to the Guidelines on “Human Sexuality in Education”
SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — A parent says he wants to know more about the new human sexuality policy adopted by the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.
The bishop says it is meant to help guide Catholic schools, parishes and other ministries.
One point to remember is that students may not advocate, celebrate, or express their homosexuality or transgenderness in a way that could confuse or distract from the Catholic school.
Pat Starr has a 4th grader and a freshman enrolled in Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools.
He partially read the Diocesan Policy on “Conforming to Church Teaching on Human Sexuality in Educational Settings.”
“One thing that this policy has done to Bishop DeGrood has caused a conversation in our house about what is acceptable, how do we treat our fellow human beings, how do we talk about people, and we are all made in the image and in the likeness of God,” parent Pat Starr said.
Last week, Pope Francis met with transgender people in a church in Rome.
“It was really seen as a chance for me to reach out to an olive branch and find common ground and understanding, and it feels like a stark contrast to this message that has been defined globally “said LGBTQ lawyer Kameron Nelson.
Starr says trying to digest the entire document is difficult, but he wants to know more.
“I look forward to the bishop teaching and instructing not only our members, but our community and our state exactly what politics means in the practical world of a 10-year-old fourth-grader or a 14. freshman world. What does that mean? And that has to mean we won’t harass people different from us,” Starr said.
The policy states that “bullying, harassment, threats, or acts of violence against a student because of that student’s perceived gender, same-sex attraction, or perceived gender identity will not be tolerated”.
Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to read the full policy.