Backbone: Catholic diocese cancels gay author’s visit to London school, removes officials

Backbone: Catholic diocese cancels gay author’s visit to London school, removes officials By Ryan Foley, Christian Post Reporter

GNN Note – It’s sad that we have to congratulate a Priest for standing up in support of Biblical principals. / END

A Catholic diocese in the United Kingdom is facing backlash after canceling a children’s book signing event featuring a gay author at one of its schools, and reportedly removed the school’s governors for backing the decision to invite the speaker.

As the Scottish website Catholic Truth first reported, children’s book author Simon James Green was scheduled to visit students in years eight and nine at The John Fisher School in Purley, London, on March 7.

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As indicated in a letter obtained by Catholic Truth and written by the librarian at the all-boys’ Catholic School, the book signing event was part of the school’s World Book Day and LGBT History Month celebrations.

The purpose of the event was for Green to discuss his novel, Noah Can’t Even, which features a gay character. Another one of Green’s books, Alex in Wonderland, was “selected as one of the top 20 LGBTQ+ books of 2019 by Attitude,” according to his website.

The prospect of a Catholic school promoting books advancing an ideology that runs contrary to Catholic Church teachings on marriage and sexuality did not sit well with the Catholic website, which seeks to “report on the crisis in the Church” and calls out “unfaithful clergy who are living double lives of sexual immorality.”

“Catholic Schools cannot, under any circumstance, endanger the Faith of pupils in their charge by presenting as a good, something which is condemned by the divinely bequeathed teaching authority of Christ’s Church,” the website argued.

The article, which urged Catholics to protest Green’s speech and called for its cancellation, cited Paragraph 2357 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as justification for its position. The document states that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,” “contrary to the natural law” and “Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

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