Posted: June 5, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

National Post | Life

Politics is the mother of irony, and there’s a juicy one bubbling right now in Canada, in the province of Ontario, where a school system originally designed to protect one aggrieved minority — namely Catholics — is under mounting pressure in the name of defending another — in this case, gays and lesbians.

Specifically, some political and social leaders in Ontario want to compel publicly funded Catholic schools to permit the creation of “gay-straight alliance” clubs for their students as part of an effort to combat bullying based on sexual orientation, despite concern from church leaders that such groups could become vehicles for promoting homosexuality.

Aside from the irony of playing one minority off another, the Ontario controversy illustrates two key questions about Catholic life in the 21st century:

  • Will Catholic institutions be able to maintain both fidelity to church teaching and public funding in a time when some aspects…

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