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Caʈ̇lic ćrć banz vizit bî ge oʈr t Lundn scūl

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Wednesday 9 March 2022)

Sîmn Jemz Grīn hd bn dy t apir at Jon Fiśr bôz’ scūl in Prli, bt ɖ arćdaysis v Suɖc sd ɖ ivnt cd nt b pmitd

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Ɖ  Caʈ̇lic ćrć hz bánd a vizit t a Lundn scūl bî a ge oʈr n rmuvd a numbr v guvnrz hu s’portd ɖ ivnt, in a muv ɖt hz drwn cmparisnz t ɖ ntorịs 1980z sx́n 28 ban on “pṛmotñ hoṃsx́uaḷti”.

Ɖ ćrć sd a vizit bî Sîmn Jemz Grīn, an aclemd oʈr v bcs fr ćildṛn n yuñ adults, fél “ǎtsd ɖ scop v ẃt z pmisbl in a Caʈ̇lic scūl”.

Grīn tld ɖ Gardịn ɖt h “dd’nt ʈnc ɖs sort v ʈñ cd hapn in ɖ YC tde. I wz at scūl ẃn sx́n 28 wz in fors. So I nǒ fl wel ɖ horr v livñ undr ɖt lejsleśn. Bt it wz rpild in 2003. So I dd’nt ʈnc a scūl tde wd g dǎn ɖt rùt.”

Sx́n 28, ẃć pṛhibtd locl oʈoṛtiz fṛm “pṛmotñ hoṃsx́uaḷti”, wz intṛdyst bî Marġrit Ʈaćr’z guvnmnt in rspons t a ćildṛn’z bc, Jeni Livz wɖ Eric n Martin, dpictñ difṛnt cndz v faṃliz.

In a stetmnt iśùd a fy dez bfr ɖ Jon Fiśr ivnt, ɖ arćdaysis sd its scūlz wr rqîrd t “dlivr a program v rleśnśps n sx edyceśn ɖt z cmplaynt wɖ ɖ Iqoḷtiz Act 2010 n Magisterium [tīćñ] v ɖ Caʈ̇lic ćrć”.

It add: “Fṛm tîm t tîm, mtirịlz or ivnts imrj fr cnsiḍreśn ɖt fōl ǎtsd ɖ scop v ẃt z pmisbl in a Caʈ̇lic scūl … In sć srcmstansz, w hv no oltrṇtiv bt t afrm ǎr uniqivcl n wel-noun ʈịlojicl n moṛl prīsepts n t act in acordns wɖ ɖm.”

Hvr, ɖ scūl’z līdrśp tīm, bact bî its guvnrz, votd t g ahd wɖ Grīn’z vizit. Ɖ arćdaysis ɖen cansld ɖ ivnt n rmuvd a numbr v guvnrz.

Ɖ scūl’z ćaplin, Faɖr Jemz Clarc, īmeild peṛnts t se ɖ pṛpozd ivnt hd “cōzd scandl in ɖ locl eria n hz bròt ǎr inṭnaśnl repyteśn intu dǎt”.

Ɖ īmeil, sìn bî ɖ Gardịn, add: “Ɖ hedtīćr n sm guvnrz hv dsîdd t dis’be ɖ clir instrux́n fṛm ɖ daysis n ɖs wl hv sirịs consiqnsz in ɖ wīcs ahd,” n seyñ ɖt ɖ scūl “hd no ćôs bt t mc a stand agnst tiṛni n t dfnd truʈ”.

Caʈ̇lic Truʈ, a Caʈ̇lic websait, olso campend agnst ɖ ivnt, seyñ: “Caʈ̇lic scūlz canot, undr eni srcmstans, indenjr ɖ feʈ v pyplz in ɖer ćarj bî prizntñ az a gd, smʈñ ẃć z cndemd bî ɖ dvînli bqiɖd tīćñ oʈoṛti v Crîst’s ćrć.”

Wn peṛnt tld ɖ Gardịn: “A lot v s r śoct at ɖ intolṛnt lanḡj biyñ yzd. It sndz a teṛbl mesij t ɖ ćildṛn. Hu wd wont t cm n tīć hir or snd ɖer ćildṛn hir aftr ɖs?”

Ɖ NEY n NASYWT tīćñyńnz at ɖ scūl pást a mośn seyñ ɖe b’livd ɖ arćdaysis’z dsiźn vayletd ɖ YN cnvnśn on ɖ rîts v ɖ ćîld.

Membrz wr “cnsrnd abt ɖ mntl n imośnl impact ɖz ivnts hv hd on ǎr LGBTQ+ cḿṇti n wîdr inclūsiv Jon Fiśr scūlfaṃli, includñ staf, stydnts n peṛnts”.

A spocsprsn fr ɖ NEY sd ɖ canṣleśn v ɖ ivnt n ɖ dsiźn t rmuv sm scūlguvnrz wz “a matr v grev cnsrn”. Ɖ yńn wd b raitñ t ɖ arćdaysis “cōlñ fr ɖ riinstetmnt v bʈ ɖ guṿnñbodi membrz n fr ɖ vizit bî Sîmn Jemz Grīn t b alaud t g ahd”.

Grīn sd hiz rspons t ɖ ćrć’z ax́nz wz disḅlif. “Ɖr wz iniśl śoc n dsme n hrt, bt aftr ɖt it wz ɖ stydnts I flt most wurid fr. I nǒ ẃt it’s lîc t b a tīnejr at scūl, qsć̣nñ yrslf, n hǎ vulnṛbl ɖt cn mc y.”

Hiz bcs fr yuñ adults wr novlz fīćrñ LGBT caṛctrz, wɖ sm “soft romans” bt nʈñ xplisit, h sd. Hiz bcs fr yungr rīdrz seḷbretd unḍdogz bt cntend nʈñ abt LGBT iśuz.

Grīn sd h hopt ɖ scūl ivnts cd b rīscedyld. H dsîdd t spīc ǎt “bcz f y d’nt, ɖr cn b a crīpñ sns v ppl fīlñ imboldnd in ɖ fyćr, n ʈñz gtñ wrs”.

Stìvn Evnz v ɖ Naśnl Seklr Ssayti sd: “Ɖ dstrbñ bhevyr v ɖs daysis hîlîts a brōdr probḷm v feʈscūlz stigṃtîzñ sem-sx rleśnśps n ɖrfr cntribytñ t a clîṃt ẃr mni yuñ LGBT ppl r growñ p fīlñ aśemd or frîtnd abt hu ɖe r.

“Ǎr ǒn rsrć hz śoun ɖt a sgnificnt numbr v feʈscūlz pṛmot ɖ îdīa ɖt sem-sx atrax́n z ‘moṛli roñ’, ‘dsordrd’ or a ‘lîfstîl ćôs’. Ɖs z’nt axptbl in a pubḷcli fundd scūl.”

Roḅt Cann v Hyṃnists YC sd ɖ arćdaysis wz “dscriṃnetñ agnst a wel-rgardd ćildṛn’z oʈr, huz wrc hz bn seḷbretd far n wîd, simpli bcz hiz wrc pṛmots LGBT axptns. Ɖ rzult z ɖt ćildṛn, includñ LGBT ćildṛn, r misñ ǎt on lrnñ ɖt LGBT ppl śd b seḷbretd, n ɖer rleśnśps śd b rspctd jst lîc ɖoz v stret ppl.

“Daysisz śd nt hv ɖ pǎr t bloc lésnz ɖt pṛmot incluźn undr ɖ Iqoḷti Act, n ɖe śd nt b ebl t sác guvnrz hu s’port sć lésnz.”

Ɖ arćdaysis v Suɖc n Jon Fiśr scūl hv bn cntactd fr coment.

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