Girls’ Catholic School event included pronoun buttons, craft table and gender flags

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An Catholic Girls’ High School near Oakland, Calif., held a community festival day that included a craft table for students to make buttons showcasing their favorite pronouns, as well as a presentation on gender identities .

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Council at Carondelet High School in Concord, Calif., hosted the Community During Community Festival in January, where students participated in several community-related activities. gender ideology.

The festival was first revealed by activist parent group Parents Defending Education after the organization was contacted by several parents who raised concerns about the event. The festival, which the school said was student-run, encouraged students to visit each table by providing them with a “passport” to collect stickers from each student club and activity table which could then be handed out for prices.

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Among those clubs was the school’s Horizon Gender and Sexualities Alliance Club, which says it was founded to create “a safe space for students to discuss topics involving LGBTQIA+ issues.”

Activities at the club tables included a crafting table to make pronoun buttons. And the school also held a gender presentation which featured a slide depicting different flags celebrating various gender identities.

Carondelet High School was founded in 1965 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, an order of Catholic nuns in Missouri who are no longer affiliated with the school. However, the school cites the spirituality of the religious order as integral to its Catholic educational mission. The school charges over $20,000 per year for tuition.

“At the heart of this fellowship is our Catholic tradition, rooted in the mission of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph: to create an inclusive environment that embraces all students, welcomes diversity, and values ​​social justice, empathy, service and gratitude,” the school’s website reads.

In a 2019 teaching guide on “gender ideology,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a series of passages from Catholic documents, including a passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that says, “By creating the man and woman, God gives both equal personal dignity. Each of them, male and female, must recognize and accept their sexual identity.

In response to a request for comment from the Washington Examinera Carondelet High School spokesperson provided a link to a brief article about the festival that said its goal was “to represent the many different cultures on campus.”

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“Clubs and affinity groups have organized food and education sharing tables representing their culture, craft opportunities and music from around the world,” the article reads. “At the Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation, there were videos on various cultures and cultural interests, a student short film, an author interview, student presentations, and a quiz show focusing on Catholicism in the world.”

The Catholic Diocese of Oakland, which oversees all Catholic schools within its borders, including Carondelet, did not respond to a request for comment.

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