Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 13, 2022 / 18:08 pm
The Diocese of Green Bay has added a clause to its education policy manual that prohibits the use of pronouns and wearing clothes that do not align with a person’s biological sex.
With 54 Catholic schools in the diocese, this policy will apply to around 9,000 students. It will also affect 12,000 people who attend religious education classes. The punishment for violation of the policy, which took effect July 1, can range from corrective action to suspension or expulsion.
“The Church teaches that our identities as male and female are part of God’s good design in Creation, that our bodies and sexual identities are gifts from God, and that we should accept and care for our bodies as they were created,” the policy reads.
In recent years, the Catholic Church has been challenged by an ideological shift from LGBTQ advocates. The Diocese of Lansing adopted a similar policy in January 2021, requiring that its schools, parishes, and charities recognize persons by the biological sex with which they were born.