New Policy at Worcester Catholic Schools Rejects Transgender Pronouns

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester has implemented a new policy for its schools, prohibiting LGBTQ+ students from certain forms of expression.

Set to be effective from the beginning of the upcoming academic year, the policy impacts 21 schools under the diocese’s jurisdiction.

Termed “Catholic Education and the Human Person,” the policy mandates students “to conduct themselves at school in a manner consistent with their biological sex.”

Moreover, it restricts students from advocating or displaying same-sex attraction in a manner that could disrupt school activities. This policy, approved by Bishop Robert McManus in June, was officially announced only this week.

Raymond Delisle, the chancellor and director of communications for the diocese, mentioned that the directive ensures a uniform approach across all the diocesan schools.

The policy references both the canon law of the Catholic Church and statements made by Pope Francis. “It’s rooted in the long-standing teachings of the church, not just the perspectives of individuals,” Delisle stated.

The diocese clarified that, under this policy, all student genders will be perceived in alignment with their biological sex concerning matters like pronouns, restroom access, locker rooms, uniforms, sports participation, and dances.

While the diocese emphasizes a commitment to a bully-free environment, stating that harassment based on sexual orientation will not be tolerated, concerns have been raised about the policy’s impact.

Guillermo Creamer, a community activist, questioned the approach, asking about the consequences of not treating children as they wish to be perceived. Child welfare attorney Rush O’Mara voiced concerns about the potential stifling effect on students’ identity development.

In light of the policy, NBC10 Boston inquired if any schools plan to oppose the directive. The diocese responded that some high schools have raised concerns via a letter, which will be reviewed by the bishop in the upcoming weeks.

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