The Archdiocese of Denver has told local Catholic school administrators that they should not enroll or re-enroll transgender or gender non-conforming students.
In a document published by the Denver Post on Monday, officials of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Colorado listed a series of guidelines on how local Catholic schools should deal with LGBTQ issues.
The 17-page document, which was confirmed by the archdiocese, is titled “Guidance for Issues Concerning the Human Person and Sexual Identity,” and it warns school administrators that “the spread of gender ideology presents a danger to the faith of Christians.”
Among the recommendations highlighted by the document, the archdiocese says that “a Catholic school cannot affirm a student’s identity as transgender, gender nonconforming, non-binary, gender-fluid, gender-queer, or any other term that rejects the reality the student’s given male or female sexual identity.”
Even if trans students and their parents decide to agree with “relevant school rules” while the child is at school, the situation is still “not workable” because both parties would be “working from irreconcilable premises and moving towards incompatible goals,” according to the document.
“Accordingly, enrollment or re-enrollment of such a student at a Catholic school would not be appropriate,” the guidance states.
Additionally, the document says that schools “must refuse” requests made by parents who want their kids to be addressed by a different pronoun; kids should not be allowed to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity; schools can’t allow a same-sex couple to “attend school dances as a couple;” and administrators should be “attentive to situations that might cause confusion about the nature of marriage.”
That means that when a child of a same-sex couple is enrolled, “the school should make clear that it … cannot recognize ‘two mothers’ or ‘two fathers’ as a family structure.”
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