Misrepresented Reference Documents.

Here is a table showing statements in the Diocesan document’s glossary of terms side by side with what the sources actually said:
Diocesan Process Document Source cited by document
“Homosexual orientation describes an internal inclination, tendency or predisposition one has toward same-sex attraction. Because this internal [homosexual] orientation is not the product of free will (one does not  choose a particular orientation), one is not morally culpable for that tendency. Thus simply having the orientation or tendency is not sinful in itself. Moreover, the Church teaches that the experience of homosexual attraction is not a sin in itself.  Thus, the Church does not hold that the experience of homosexual attraction is in itself sinful.” To the extent that a homosexual tendency or

inclination is not subject to one’s free will, one is not morally culpable for that tendency.

Although one would be morally culpable if one were voluntarily to entertain homosexual

temptations or to choose to act on them, simply having the tendency is not a sin. Consequently,

the Church does not teach that the experience of homosexual attraction is in itself sinful.

The homosexual inclination is objectively disordered, i.e., it is an inclination that

predisposes one toward what is truly not good for the human person.”



“Chastity- the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being.” “Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being.  Sexuality, in which man’s belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another , in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman.  The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift.


“The Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese also notes in their Elementary School Policy Regarding Gender Expression and Gender Dysphoria that gender nonconforming behavior is ‘a form of gender expression that refers to behaviors outside of typical gender stereotypes of ‘norms.’ These stereotypes and norms depend heavily on one’s social and cultural context.  Similarly, the extent of conformity of one’s behaviors with one’s behavior without definitively altering his or her gender to that of the opposite sex.” This source also differentiates between Gender non-conforming behaviors versus Gender Transitioning. 

“When considering appropriate administrative strategies for accommodating gender expression and gender dysphoria in students, it is important to distinguish between “gender transitioning” and “gender nonconforming behaviours”.

 “Gender transitioning” is the process of changing the presentation of one’s gender to accord with the internal sense of one’s gender identity. 

The Catholic school has a responsibility for the spiritual development of its students.  Gender transitioning is contrary to Catholic teaching, and therefore the Catholic school cannot support any transitioning actions.6”

“ In 2013 the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) adopted the term gender dysphoria as a diagnosis characterized by “a marked incongruence between” a person’s gender assigned at birth and gender identity (p.453).  Gender dysphoria replaced the diagnosis of Gender identity disorder (GID) in the previous version of the DSM.  This is to emphasize that being transgendered itself is not a psychological disorder, but rather the distress one might experience ought to be the focus of psychological attention.” “DSM-5 aims to avoid stigma and ensure clinical care for individuals who see and feel themselves to be a different gender than their assigned gender. It replaces the diagnostic name “gender identity disorder” with “gender dysphoria,” as well as makes other important clarifications in the criteria. It is important to note that gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition.” (APA Fact Sheet on Gender Dysphoria)



The APA (American Psychiatric Association), the group cited, is one group of licensed professionals.  Other professional groups have a different perspective:


 According to the World Health Organization, being transgender is a mental illness.”




American College of Pediatricians:


“Gender dysphoria (GD) of childhood describes a psychological condition in which children experience a marked incongruence between their experienced gender and the gender associated with their biological sex. When this occurs in the pre-pubertal child, GD resolves in the vast majority of patients by late adolescence. Currently there is a vigorous, albeit suppressed, debate among physicians, therapists, and academics regarding what is fast becoming the new treatment standard for GD in children. This new paradigm is rooted in the assumption that GD is innate, and involves pubertal suppression with gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists followed by the use of cross-sex hormones—a combination that results in the sterility of minors. A review of the current literature suggests that this protocol is founded upon an unscientific gender ideology, lacks an evidence base, and violates the long-standing ethical principle of ‘First do no harm.’”



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