Catholic colleges now offer ‘gender-integrative’ housing, among other LGBTQ+ initiatives – Catholic Telegraph

Saint Mary’s website references the college’s non-discrimination disclosure as the basis of the policy.

Middle School States he has a “very active LGBTQIA student body” and refers to a listing of what makes a college “safe” for LGBTQ students, including gender-neutral housing and bathrooms, access to transgender healthcare, and “signs of pride” around campus such as rainbow flags. rainbow and pink triangles.

Saint Mary’s is named “one of the nation’s most LGBT-friendly Catholic campuses” by Ministry of New Waysan organization that campaigns to change the teachings of the Catholic Church on same-sex marriage.

The college one women‘s center, intercultural centerand run by students PRIDE on-campus club frequently hosts queer events highlighting and to celebrate the LGTBQ community.

Saint Mary’s did not respond to requests for comment.

Denise Donohue, vice president of educational resources at the Cardinal Newman Society, criticized each of the universities’ “gender-inclusive” housing initiatives in light of their Catholic affiliation.

“Caving in to these sexualized ideologies under the guise of diversity and inclusion denies young people the ability to practice the virtues, such as modesty, that will lead them to heaven, Donohue told CNA.

“Young people today need all the support they can get to live a chaste life so that they can give themselves, in purity, to their future spouse or to their religious life,” he said. -she adds.

“Where is this message conveyed in these universities? »

Villanova’s pronoun politics

Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, published a document earlier this year, the implementation of a new policy that allows faculty and students to update their personal information to reflect their new preferred names and pronouns.

“The chosen first name and personal pronoun will now appear on class lists and other academic communications,” Villanova said. gender inclusion handbook bed. The policy also instructs faculty and staff on how to be “gender inclusive” on campus and avoid the “harmful effects of gender stereotyping and gender misdirection.”

A university spokesperson defended the new chosen name policy in an email to CNA, saying, “Calling someone by their name and pronouns shows respect for them as a person and a fellow countryman. Villanovan.”

“Villanova upholds and upholds the teaching of the Catholic Church that all people are accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. As part of our Augustinian values ​​of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas – Truth, Unity and Love – Villanova seeks to be a welcoming and inclusive community that respects members of all backgrounds and faiths,” he added.

The Chapel of St. Thomas of Villanova on the Villanova University campus. Shutterstock

Villanova too provides gender-neutral bathrooms and LGBTQ-specific groups, fellowships, fellowships and internships.

The school’s LGBTQ employee resource group released a public statement on the college’s website supporting same-sex marriage and condemning the Vatican’s recognition of same-sex marriage as a sin.

“We are appalled by the recent statement from the Vatican that labels same-sex unions as a ‘sin’ and suggests that it is a choice to love someone of the same sex,” said the statement reads, adding that the move was “particularly hurtful given the Catholic Church’s long-standing exclusion of LGBTQ+ people.”

The statement ends with “A prayer for all marriagesasking for God’s blessing on “every marriage, regardless of gender or sexual orientation” and asking God to “guide us as we speak out against oppression in our Church.”

Villanova also hosts a campus chapter of Allied Athletea non-profit LGBTQ advocacy organization created as an “inclusive environment” for LGBTQ athletes.

Villanova’s chapter page presents its mission statement “to end rampant heteronormation and transphobia in sport and inspire the sport community to exercise leadership in championing LGBTQAI+ equality”.

The page also displays a video Villanova students discuss how college has been a “safe space” for them as “queer athletes.”

Pope Francis has condemned gender ideology in recent statements, saying that “biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex [gender] can be distinguished but not separated” and that “it is one thing to understand human weakness and the complexities of life and quite another to accept ideologies that attempt to dissociate inseparable aspects of reality”.

New Ways Ministries, which advocates changing the Catholic Church’s teachings on same-sex marriage, has a listing LGBTQ Friendly Catholic Colleges and Universities.

According to the New Ways website, an institution qualifies as LGBTQ-friendly by meeting certain criteria such as having an official student gender and sexuality organization on campus, offering LGBTQ-specific counseling, or having “ a certain public affirmation in place”. There are a total of over 140 Catholic universities on the list.

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