A Catholic priest in Scotland has come out in support of LGBT education programs in the nation’s schools, a step in which other church officials will hopefully join him to help support and protect LGBTQ youth.
Fr. Paul Morton is joining other religious leaders in a call for schools to have LGBT-related curricula that seek to end bullying. Morton, who is pastor at St. Bride’s Church in Cambuslang, said bullying must be “a thing of the past.” The Scotsman reported:
“[Morton] has endorsed the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, which is working with the Scottish Government to introduce a programme of LGBT inclusive education into all Scottish schools as part of a new national approach to tackle high rates of homophobic and transphobic bullying. . .
“‘As a Catholic priest I have met many people who struggle with their sexuality, and I know the great harm that this has done in the lives of many men and women. I want this to be a thing of the past and I believe that this is the intention behind the TIE Campaign,’ Father Mason said.
“‘It is clear the TIE campaign is on the front-line of reaching out to young people in Scotland who are trying to understand both their sexuality and their identity. I cannot help but be impressed by both the clarity and vision that they have for their work. Most of all I want to give my unequivocal support to those who will benefit from it – a huge number of young people across the length and breadth of Scotland.
“‘In times gone by the Church was always a building which people went to for sanctuary – it is my hope that the Church can be that once again for LGBTI people.'”