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What's the Catholic Church teaching us about love?

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Australia has a vibrant civil society, bubbling with energy and fuelled by diversity. In general, our schools recognise this, drawing on that energy and diversity to help every person to reach their full potential - which is why it stands out when they deny this diversity and hold people back.

I'm proud of a number of things in my life. I've built Our Community, a company that reaches more than 400,000 community groups every year, helping them with things like governance, insurance, banking, fundraising, and grants. That comes second on the list.

The first, the achievement I'm proudest of, has to be my relationship with my partner of 22 years, Brendan, and now having a foster child living with us.

Brendan is deputy principal of a Catholic school, and an amazing teacher.

As all Catholic school teachers do, he's signed a contract to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church by not being - in public at least - a practising homosexual (or, indeed, an unmarried heterosexual with a live-in partner).

Last week he made the brave and sad decision to tell his principal he was resigning, effective from the end of this year. Enough is enough - he can no longer........

© Canberra Times