The Cardinal Sean O'Malley/Bryan Hehir Seamless Garment comes to DePaul University
MANASSAS, VA—Just months after launching its new “queer studies” minor, DePaul University has announced plans to host the 2007 “Out There” conference for “queer studies” professors and staff who work with homosexual students on Catholic campuses.
The announcement comes as the U.S. bishops prepare to consider a statement on pastoral care for homosexual Catholics at their meeting in Baltimore next week. The statement urges fidelity to Catholic teaching, which holds that sexual activity outside marriage is gravely sinful, and same-sex attraction is a disordered inclination to sinful behavior.
“In recent years we have seen an explosion of homosexual activity and activism on Catholic campuses,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society. “Catholic educators must respond with aggressive efforts to restore an assumption of chastity among students, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.”
“Unfortunately, DePaul University and the ‘Out There’ conference organizers seem intent on celebrating homosexuality without offering genuine support and healing to students who struggle with same-sex attraction,” Reilly said. “Gay-straight clubs, drag shows, ‘queer studies,’ ‘coming out’ events—these do not address the serious needs of students. By promoting these activities, the ‘Out There’ conference poses a real danger to young men and women, and Christian parents everywhere should be alarmed and outraged.”
The first “Out There” conference at Santa Clara University in 2005 included faculty and staff representing more than 40 Catholic colleges and universities. Topics included “curriculum and same-sex marriage in a Jesuit university,” “Catholic guilt” and “queer shame,” and “coming out issues in a Catholic college setting.”
DePaul’s minor degree program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies includes courses in “queer theory,” gay and lesbian literature, and other courses celebrating a homosexual culture. In February Reilly told Newsweek magazine: “There’s no doubt that this program, at least in a subtle way, is undermining Catholic teaching on homosexuality.”
Do you think the Bishop and the Chancery wizards don't know?
Say, I have an idea, why don't write to Levada?
What's that you say kiddos, Levada thought programs like this were swell so why bother??
Gee, you have a point there...how about the Congregation for Clergy?
That's another waste of time because Claudio is on the record as being a fan of liberating the bondage of the Catechism from the consciences of Roman Catholics and would be an advocate of "Out There"??
Sorta forces apostolic duties on the rest of us doesn't it.
The Cardinal Newman Society (www.cardinalnewmansociety.org) is a national organization to renew and strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education.