Thursday, November 21, 2013

Catholic teachers and parents to protest ‘faith’ retreat led by dissenting theologian

HAMILTON, Ontario, November 20, 2013 ( – A Catholic school board in Ontario has invited a Catholic theologian known for opposing Church doctrine to lead its upcoming “Faith Day” retreat that it says will help staff and educators “relax and rejuvenate”. The invitation has some Catholic teachers up in arms.

Prof. Thomas Groome, a laicized priest, will address almost 4,000 Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) staff at the mandatory November 22 Professional Activity Day (PA Day) in Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum. Hamilton’s Bishop Douglas Crosby will preside over the morning Mass prior to Groome’s presentation.

Concerned Catholic parents and teachers are organizing a protest outside the venue. They say that a Catholic school board should not be giving a platform to what they call an “infamous” Catholic dissenter.

“Groome is opposed to many Catholic teachings, even dogmatic ones, such as the prohibition of the ordination of women solemnly defined by Blessed John Paul II,” said an HCDSB Catholic educator to under the condition of anonymity. “He has no place in mentoring Catholic teachers.”  (more...)

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