According to a report in the U.K's Hemel Gazette, the Catholic Church "is abdicating its responsibility for children's welfare by refusing to target homophobic bullying in schools." Evidently, the church has rejected repeated calls to institute any sort of policy for preventing homophobic bullying on school grounds.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT union, is quoted as saying, "The Catholic Church is abdicating its responsibility to look after the health and well-being of youngsters." The article also notes that victims of homophobic bullying are not necessarily homosexual but may be labeled as such based on their appearance.
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