WHILST the Catholic education authorities may be relieved that they were able to retrieve some small freedoms from the secular humanists in the Queensland Government in the employment of staff, the Catholic Church in this state should take no comfort from this minimal success on a couple of accounts.
Firstly, the passage of this law means that provided teachers or other staff do not ‘act in a manner which is not openly contrary to the religious beliefs and values of the school’, they are free to work without any more being asked of them.
All that really means is that teachers needn’t have the slightest attachment to the values of the establishment – they just have to pretend that they do. Is this something to ‘thank God’ for?
However, school students are past masters at finding out what they shouldn’t; and since they normally don’t ‘tell on’ teachers, these people remain in the system without the knowledge of parents.
If the Catholic education authorities really believe that all their staff ‘adhere to and communicate religious values and beliefs’, they have their heads in the sand. It has not been this way for many years due to the secularisation of society and the erosion of belief in Catholic teachings in the allegedly Catholic population.
The other aspect is that whilst the Church was defending its school policy, there was not one public word spoken by any Catholic bishop against the Discrimination Law Amendment Bill as a whole. In fact, it had all the appearances of a ‘quid pro quo’ situation.
The whole purpose of the bill, as stated in the preamble, was to elevate the status of de facto unions and homosexuals living together for two years to that of married couples.
If they are to be treated as equals in respect of inheritance and other legal issues, how long will it take for homosexuals to start demanding that they be able to ‘marry’ and adopt or foster children or use artificial reproductive technology to acquire them?
It is also well established that a percentage of homosexuals are paedophiliacs. If the former is encouraged as a ‘lifestyle’, cannot we expect more of the latter?
The Church has already been severely affected by revelations of this in its midst. Isn’t it about time we were realistic about the danger of not discriminating in these matters?
When the bill to legalise homosexuality in Queensland was presented in the early 1990s, organisations such as the Catholic Guild of St Luke strongly opposed it, but the bishops saw no harm in it. They failed to heed the warning that the bill, like the one just passed, has the real purpose of ‘normalising’ homosexual behaviour. Once it is legalised, other consequences follow.
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