Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The ever entertaining Cardinal Newman Society provides new fare

Adam Cassandra at the Cardinal Newman Society writes: “Catholic Colleges Embrace ‘Demonic’ Gender Ideology in Housing Policies.” What is it that so troubles Mr. Cassandra? What is “demonic?” It seems that Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA has changed its housing policy so that people can be housed in the dorm consistent with their gender identity. Oh my! Of course Adam doesn't describe it quite the way I just did:
The College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit, Catholic institution in Worcester, Mass., will implement a new housing policy in the 2016-2017 academic year that embraces gender ideology, which Pope Francis has called “demonic” and a threat to the family.

The updated housing policy “will allow students of different sexes to room together based on gender identity,” according to an April 29, 2016, report in the campus newspaper The Crusader.

At the University of San Francisco (USF), the gender-inclusive housing description was recently updated to indicate that students at the Jesuit-run institution should develop their own understanding about gender identity, including recognition that “human beings are not necessarily male or female as ascribed by their assigned gender at birth.”
Threat to the family? Jesuit post-secondary educators have been ahead of the Vatican by a few decades. Apparently they are removed from being second-guessed by the bishops. In 2014 Father Jenkins, President of Notre Dame had this to say (and someone at Cardinal Newman must have had a stroke):
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.
They are not all crazy. Some of these priests have a grip on reality. So while the pope is tilting at gender ideology, these guys (the folks at Catholic colleges and universities) actually work for a living.

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