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"Save the last dance for me" -- BC

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Dec 09, 2005

A Boston College student shows he knows what he's been taught, and what he hasn't:

For the three-and-a-half years I've been at BC, the school has taken steady, ease-into-the-hot-tub steps to give the green light to the GLBT community. ... BC did all this, but I'm not sure what it will allow and what it won't. I don't know where it stands on the issue of homosexuality because it doesn't stand in one place.

It has been suggested -- by a stubbornly orthodox faculty member -- that BC's cancellation of the GLBT dance was a purely tactical withdrawal designed to keep the good will of the Holy See until the merger with the Weston Jesuit School of Theology comes off. The last thing BC wants just now is a CD-full of jpegs showing its gays-at-play Fed-Ex'd to Cardinal Grocholewski and tagged with the usual PR office gibberish about the role of academic freedom and plum-tone mascara in the Catholic intellectual tradition, etc., etc. It will be instructive to see what moves are made once the Vatican's approbation is no longer in play.

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  • Posted by: RC - Dec. 11, 2005 1:39 AM ET USA

    Since when do Weston and BC differ on their "inclusiveness"? I don't expect a merger would make either one better or worse on that score. At least it would get Weston out of its cohabitation with the Episcopal Divinity School.

  • Posted by: A Seminarian - Dec. 09, 2005 4:30 PM ET USA

    The Boston Archdiocese sends some of it's seminarians to take courses at BC (it being just down the street). If BC isn't 'authentically Catholic', one questions the sort of training these good men are getting. One wonders if the Visitation will take this into account, or whether it will limit itself to what goes on in the Seminary proper. That would be a mistake. I hope professors of seminarians have at least signed the mandatum or some such, but that doesn't protect non-theology courses..

  • Posted by: parochus - Dec. 09, 2005 1:09 PM ET USA

    To read the entire article, I had to register on B.C.'s website, which process involved listing one's "major." Interestingly, there was no listing for "Theology," "Religion," or "Catholic Studies" among the various choices, which did include (NMTU*) "Canadian Studies," "Dance," "Child and Family Ecology," "Kinesiology," "Recreation & Tourism," "Urban Affairs" and, of course, "Woman Studies." I settled on Agriculture, due in no small part to the overabundance of B.S. * Not Making This Up

  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Dec. 09, 2005 1:06 PM ET USA

    Boston College, is just that, Boston College, you do not see Catholic in the name because it is not Authentic Catholic. BC is nothing great nor anything unique and faithful. It might as well be just another secular institution run by an imprudent administation with Jesuits as social workers. Money is their name of the game.To discriminate against sin is what Jesus wants us to do. Jesus said to hate sin. To go along with homosexuals and their activities is Not Charitable. It is to deny Real Love

  • Posted by: Lucius - Dec. 09, 2005 11:17 AM ET USA

    Could the Holy See be that in the dark that it doesn't know BC isn't Catholic and isn't following Ex Corde Ecclesiae? Or given the real distinction between things Jesuit (U.S. Jesuits) and Catholic doctrine noted by the BC student newspaper, maybe the Vatican sees the BC and Weston School of Theology merger as a grand ecumenical gesture towards the Jesuits? Hence the possible fear that even Vatican ecumenism will not appreciate folks in drag sponsored by BC claiming Jesuit support.

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