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Calgary school-board members apologize for bishop's 'homophobic' statement

January 18, 2016

After the Catholic schools of Calgary, Alberta, sent out a copy of Bishop Fred Henry's statement denouncing new province guidelines for "transgender" students, some members of the Edmonton Catholic school-district board openly criticized the bishop's remarks and said they should not have been publicized by the school board.

The bishop's statement, saying that the guidelines "must be rejected," was circulated to parents of children in the Edmonton Catholic schools along with a copy of the new guidelines. 

"I wish to apologize to all those who were offended" by the bishop's statement, one board member said. Board chairman Marilyn Bergstra said that she would investigate how the bishop's remarks were included in the mailing to parents. "Never should have happened," she said. 

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 19, 2016 9:11 AM ET USA

    The comments posted to the CBC news article demonstrate the folly of government funding of Catholic schools. The ignorance, irreligion, and hatred in those statements reveal the degree of success enjoyed by the last three decades of anti-Catholic propaganda and bigotry.

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Jan. 18, 2016 10:08 PM ET USA

    They are elected by Catholic taxpayers, many of whom espouse the politically correct flavour of the week just like secular society. Their tenure is in concert with municipal terms of office.

  • Posted by: lak321 - Jan. 18, 2016 9:14 PM ET USA

    May the Bishop stand firm in the truth against those who have a misguided sense compassion. True compassion is not afraid to tell the truth. Those transgendered students need real help and to know the joy of living God's will, not to be eased down a path of misery and self-destruction.

  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - Jan. 18, 2016 4:33 PM ET USA

    Not being Canadian, I would be interested to know how the school board members are selected for their offices. Are they appointed by the bishop? Are they elected somehow? In British Commonwealth countries, Catholic schools are often intertwined with the Government, so one can't assume the bishop controls the school board. But if these folks could be removed and replaced with faithful Catholics, that would be a good thing.