Bishop Ron Fabbro needs a extra clever and respectful debate about Catholic establishments flying Satisfaction flags.
“It’s unlucky that public dialogue across the flag is commonly not respectful and considerate,” Fabbro advised The Catholic Register in an electronic mail.
Whereas the London, Ont., bishop isn’t endorsing King’s College Faculty’s resolution to fly the Progress Satisfaction Flag for the month of June, he needs Catholics to learn and perceive the explanations King’s has given for flying the flag.
“Whereas King’s and others have embraced the flag to be welcoming and inclusive, it’s a supply of confusion for others within the Catholic neighborhood,” Fabbro mentioned. “For a lot of, it goes past being welcoming and inclusive and exhibits assist for political causes which are at odds with conventional spiritual beliefs. Flags are symbols and as such are topic to numerous interpretations. The Church doesn’t settle for each interpretation that’s given to this flag and because of this I don’t endorse elevating the flag in our Catholic college and faculties.”
The model of the Satisfaction Flag King’s will fly provides an arrow-like chevron of further colors to characterize the transgendered, marginalized individuals of color, individuals dwelling with AIDS, those that have died from the illness and the stigma related to AIDS.
“The Progress Satisfaction Flag positions King’s as a neighborhood that’s searching for to take care of your entire human particular person whereas affirming the identities of all individuals — a neighborhood that’s studying, re-assessing and responding to our ever-developing collective information because it pertains to fairness, range and inclusivity initiatives,” mentioned a King’s media launch.
King’s makes the case for flying the flag as an expression of Catholic values.
“The Catholic custom affirms that the encounter with Jesus Christ reveals the infinite love and mercy of God and transforms us, giving life ‘a brand new horizon and a decisive route,’ ” mentioned the college, quoting Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Deus Caritas Est. “Grounded within the particular person and mission of Jesus, and enacting the rules of Catholic social instructing, we stand with all those that are positioned on the margins that suffer discrimination.”
“They’re our sisters and brothers and we should love them and stroll with them. Unjust discrimination towards them is improper. That is the witness that we should all give by the lives we lead.”