Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Does the Cardinal Newman Society actually DO anything constructive?


The folks at the conservative Catholic Cardinal Newman Society are having one, continuous stroke over the fact that the best Catholic universities are LGBT inclusive and becoming more so. In late 2014 CNS had a hemorrhage over the welcoming and inclusive language of Father John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame (I love being able to point out that they are not all crazy).* It is just common sense if you want to attract the best students and faculty.

Today these people are very upset that Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles hosted an LGBT event on campus. They seem to be even more upset that LMU changed its policy.
Following inquiries from The Cardinal Newman Society about a recent conference on campus promoting LGBT advocacy, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles deleted language from its website specifying that every group which sought to hold an event at the University would need approval from the administration “to ensure [the group] supports the mission of the university.”

On the weekend of January 16-17, LMU opened its facilities to a group of “LGBTQ/SSA Mormons, their families, friends, and church leaders” for a conference titled “Knit Together in Unity & Love.” The event included several LGBT rights advocates, including a transgender woman, and addressed topics such as “Thriving as a Gay Mormon,” “Learning how to be an effective Ally for LGBT Mormons” and “Supporting and Empowering our LGBT Young People.”
That doesn't seem terribly threatening. The fact that the Vatican does not approve of gay people does not mean that Catholic Universities have to reflect that prejudice. Do let us know when LMU requires the approval of the Cardinal Newman society to change its policies or edit its website. Meanwhile, they will just have to deal with the reality that the world is changing for the better … and without their consent.


* “We recognize an urgent call to welcome, support and cherish gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, who have been too often marginalized and even ostracized, and many of whom bear the scars of such treatment.”

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