In his summary, he objected to teaching students “that sexual love should only occur in a male-female marriage (in which children should only be born or adopted) and that persons should identify by gender with the gender (male or female) attributed to them at birth.”
De Buono has stopped using Fully Alive in lesson plans. He told CBC Toronto: “No Catholic teacher should be teaching this type of content to students.”
Pearson Canada is conducting diversity, equity, and inclusion reviews of its K–12 content, including religious content, according to a statement on its website. The statement noted that its website has a page to report potential bias.
“If someone feels a resource or service lacks diversity, perpetuates stereotypes, or presents bias against any group, they can report their concerns through the portal or contact their local representative,” the statement said.
The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario and the Vatican’s Catholic education body have addressed questions about sexual orientation and identity.
In a 2016 document titled “The Human Person, Love, and Sexuality,” Ontario’s Catholic bishops encouraged Catholic teachers to “present the Catholic Christian version of human life and love, including the meaning of sexuality, chastity, and marriage.”
The bishops’ document discussed the Catholic approach to sexuality and identity and concepts of sexual sin and morality. It further stressed the importance of pastoral care for students who have feelings of same-sex attraction or who question their sexual or gender identity. The document both noted the importance of not affirming sinful sexual acts and clearly rejected harassment or bullying.
In the June 2019 document “Male and Female He Created Them,” the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education took a critical stance toward gender ideology and affirmed “the legitimate aspirations of Catholic schools to maintain their own vision of human sexuality.”
It warned against gender ideology-based educational programs that promote ideas of personal identity and intimacy “that make a radical break with the actual biological difference between male and female.”