Teacher Formation Talks addressing Gender Theory organised by the C.D.E.C.
The Diocesan Catholic Education Commission of Macao (C.D.E.C.) has organised seven sessions of teacher formation talks entitled "The Vatican Responds to Gender Theory: 'Male and Female He Created Them.'" in February and March. The talks were delivered by the Reverend Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-Sang to all teachers in the nine Diocesan Schools of Macao, with contents drawn mainly from the document “Male and Female He Created Them” – Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education published by the Dicastery for Culture and Education in February 2019. The talks aim to address the impact of gender theory on Catholic education, as well as to raise awareness about the Catholic values from the theology of the body that can extend to the real meaning of marriage and family.
Session for Colégio Diocesano de São José and Escola Dom João Paulino on 3 Feb 2023
Gender theory has gained social popularity in recent years, it promotes the idea that an individual's gender is not necessarily determined by their biological sex, but by the psychological gender constructed by environment and social culture in the upbringing, that everyone has the right to choose his or her own gender. This concept has led to many conflicts with Catholic values, which emphasise the importance of the natural order of creation and the complementary nature of male and female. The Catholic Church teaches that God created humans in His own image and granted us bodies with male and female characteristics, and that this distinction is essential to the meaning of human identity and sexuality, as well as marriage and the creation of a family.
Session for Escola de Santa Teresa do Menino Jesus and Escola de Santa Madalena on 10 Feb 2023
Session for Colégio Diocesano de São José Sexta Escola (C.D.S.J.6) on 17 Feb 2023
The talk is intended to equip teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to guide students in their daily interactions and to uphold Catholic values, it was delivered to Colégio Diocesano de São José (C.D.S.J.) and Escola Dom João Paulino (E.D.J.P.) on 3 Feb; to Escola de Santa Teresa do Menino Jesus and Escola de Santa Madalena on 10 Feb; to Colégio Diocesano de São José Sexta Escola (C.D.S.J.6) on 17 Feb; to Colégio Diocesano de São José Quinto Edifício (C.D.S.J.5) on 24 Feb; to Escola São Paulo (E.S.P.) on 3 Mar; to Chinese Section of Colégio de Santa Rosa de Lima (S.R.L.C.) on 10 Mar, and to English Section of Colégio de Santa Rosa de Lima (S.R.L.E.) on 17 Mar. The Diocesan Catholic Education Commission is now in plan of introducing the talk to all other Catholic schools in Macao owned by different Religious Orders and Caritas Macau in the following months.
Session for Colégio Diocesano de São José Quinto Edifício on 24 Feb 2023
"Our commission members made a number of suggestions concerning challenges of youth formation in Catholic Schools, and after a series of discussion it was decided that we could start with training for teachers. We believe that on top of being a companion, our teachers play a critical role in shaping the minds and hearts of our students," said Dr. Stephen Chan Teng-Fong, Office Director of the Diocesan Catholic Education Commission. "By providing our fellow teachers with a deeper understanding of the Catholic values, we hope that they can better guide our students in knowing the Christian Spirit."
Session for Escola São Paulo on 3 Mar 2023
The Diocesan Catholic Education Commission recognises the importance of addressing the challenges posed by gender theory in Catholic education. It is committed to upholding Catholic values and ensuring that its students receive a well-rounded education that fosters spiritual, moral, and intellectual growth.
Session for Chinese Section of Colégio de Santa Rosa de Lima on 10 Mar 2023
Session for English Section of Colégio de Santa Rosa de Lima on 17 Mar 2023