Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School— the Jesuit-run high school which famously disobeyed the Archdiocese of Indianapolis over its refusal to fire a teacher in a same-sex union— continues to pride itself in its LGBT inclusivity. The school, which is named after a Jesuit martyr tortured and killed for preaching the Faith to the Iroquois (something that today would be considered a colonialist “microaggression”), is hosting a “Pride Week”, encouraging its other homosexual teachers to be open about their “identity”, its counseling department pointing its students towards “LGBTQ+ friendly Catholic colleges”.
Meanwhile, several Catholic school boards in Canada announced that they will require the LGBT rainbow flag to be flown outside all of their schools, the vast majority of them being elementary schools. The Toronto Catholic District School Board—which boasts a population of over 91,000 students—has publicly clashed with Cardinal Collins, who requested that the Catechism section on homosexuality be read at the school board meeting. Unsurprisingly, the school board refused. Eastward, in Montreal, at the beautiful Church of St. Peter the Apostle, one finds the LGBT colors draped from the heights of the church to the sanctuary lamp chandelier. Lest one think this is merely a North American conundrum, the same colored flag hung from churches in Austria and Germany following the recent CDF ruling on the impossibility of blessing same-sex unions.
While Catholic schools and churches in the Rhineland obstinately rejecting Church teaching is nothing new, this is simply the latest installment in what seems to be a never-ending saga to squeeze “inclusivity,” “progress,” and “acceptance” into Catholic spaces. Readers need not to be reminded of Fr. James Martin, S.J.’s near-obsession with pushing the LGBT agenda in the Church. Unlike the Toronto Catholic school district, however, Fr. Martin (selectively) quotes the Catechism, especially the part calling for “respect, compassion, and sensitivity” to persons with same-sex attraction (#2358).