A decision by an association representing Catholic-school teachers to send a delegation to WorldPride 2014 Parade in Toronto in June has drawn criticism from some church leaders and parents.
Cardinal Thomas Collins, the city's archbishop, called the Ontario English Teacher's Association's decision to participate "wrong," adding teachers who march "and the OECTA leadership have an inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith.”
Along with Cardinal Collins, a group called Parents as First Educators has started a petition calling on the union to change its plans.
"The concern with this is just that it’s further involvement of the schools in an official capacity with the promotion of ideals that run counter to the Catholic message on homosexuality,” Teresa Pierre, president of Parents as First Educators, said.
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