A Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) teacher has bragged on social media about having a pride flag and depictions of Jesus Christ as transgender in a prayer space in his classroom.
Toronto, Ont., Catholic School Board teacher Paolo De Buono posted a message on Twitter on Monday showing a “prayer table” at the Catholic school he teaches at displaying an LGBT rainbow flag Pride and representations of Christ half-man half-woman:
Because, @ChanLPfaSs should be reflected, & because we need to dismantle systemic homophobia and transphobia, in our schools and classrooms.
That’s why my prayer table at a Catholic school in Toronto sometimes includes a pride flag and inclusive images of Jesus and Mary. pic.twitter.com/xvJP2OOjyv
— Paolo De Buono, 🌈 #BLM, MSc, JD, OCT (@misterdebuono) January 9, 2023
Reacting to another user by the name of Chanel Pfahl, Mr. De Buono, who is said to teach at Sainte-Anne primary school, declared that students “should see themselves reflected, and because we need to dismantle systemic homophobia and transphobia, in our schools and classrooms.”
“That’s why my prayer table at a Catholic school in Toronto sometimes includes a pride flag and inclusive images of Jesus and Mary,” he added.
Many social media users reacted negatively to the post, with some stating that the images in question are blasphemous.
Mr Du Buono has a controversial history in his teaching job at a Catholic school in Toronto and last year allegedly sent an email to a local priest asking him not to discuss gender issues in his class or to mention some basic Catholic teachings, such as that only men can become priests.
“When you visit my class, you are not allowed to say that marriage is for a male-female couple, that there are only two sexes, and that only men can be priests,” ordered De Buono.
“You are not allowed to comment negatively on Pride images or the non-cisgender image of Jesus,” he added.
“[M]he class is part of an entirely public, not private, Catholic school board, and I have an obligation to protect their human rights as much as possible in Ontario and Canada,” said De Buono.
“[T]is angry with the federal government, with institutions like the Catholic Church; it’s real and it’s completely understandable given the shameful history… the terrible intergenerational trauma… we are all collectively responsible” https://t.co/Y8p7vgg2Ji
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Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), a Canadian pro-life group, has previously highlighted instances in which Mr. De Buono openly taught against Catholic social teachings on abortion and contraception.
“His employer, the board, has a legal justification for terminating his employment. De Buono’s actions represent a complete defiance of the moral teachings he is ethically, spiritually and contractually bound to uphold as an employee of the Council, which is itself a branch of the Catholic Church,” the official said. band.
Buono isn’t the only controversial Ontario teacher to gain attention in recent months. Last September, a teacher identifying as a woman in the city of Oakville sparked controversy after photos emerged of the person wearing gigantic breast prostheses in the classroom around children.
The teacher, who goes by the name Kayla Lemieux, has been defended by Trafalgar High School after photos of the teacher went viral on social media.
“We strive to promote a positive learning environment in schools in accordance with HDSB values and to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all students, staff and the community, regardless of race, age, ability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural respect, socio-economic circumstances or body type/size,” the school said.
It later emerged that the Ontario school was threatening students with suspension for taking photos of the teacher.
Dean of Trinity College defends graphic revival sermon claiming Jesus had a ‘trans body’ https://t.co/JDjvyK4vae
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