The Heights, the student newspaper at Jesuit-run Boston College, denounces the Catholic Church for “intolerance” toward GLBTQ people. (That’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people, in case you’re not current on the preferred terminology.) The Heights editors want to know:
Must all Catholic GLBTQ persons be prescribed lives of celibacy and renunciation, never fully allowed to be a full participant in society?
That may not be the most diplomatic way to word the question, when it’s ultimately addressed to Church leaders who are celibate, and yet believe that they are full participants in society. But the student journalists aren’t finished.
There are persons on this campus who choose to continue to practice the Roman Catholic faith despite the Church's unwillingness to address the condition of their sexuality.
Sorry; now I’m confused. What’s the problem here: that the Church doesn’t address the question of aberrant sexuality, or that the Church does address the question, and the Heights doesn’t like what the Church is saying? In any case, the editors have a solution: more of the sort of outstanding education that they have encountered on the Boston College campus:
BC needs to become a place where the tangled knot of Catholic moral theology on GLBTQ issues can be unraveled and debated by intelligent, thinking believers.
So somehow the Church has created a “tangled knot” of teaching on this issue, without even addressing it. Nice trick.
But actually the Heights is making a useful suggestion. Students on the BC campus should be exposed to an intelligent debate on Church teaching. Just one problem: in order for that to happen, they’ll have to find someone on the BC campus who is willing to explain and defend what the Church teaches.
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Posted by: happyseaotter8027 -
Oct. 26, 2010 8:09 PM ET USA
I'm really getting tired of Catholics who believe that they can decide what is moral, not the Church founded by Jesus. I am not GLBTQ (or whatever) yet I am celibate and I am happy to make this sacrifice to God. And I am certainly included as a full member of society. Cafeteria Catholics and moral relativists need to think hard and long about what Catholicism is. The Church reflects the Truth of God and Truth can never be determined by consensus.
Posted by: bnewman -
Oct. 08, 2010 11:06 PM ET USA
There are unfortunately many more students who commit suicide that are not GLBTQ and they deserve our concern also. Is the Heights selective in who it cares about? Most suicides result from clinical depression and I beleive it is much more important to address mental health issues than playing the blame game: although less popular to students of course.
Posted by: lauriem5377 -
Oct. 08, 2010 11:06 PM ET USA
The Church clearly loves all souls - and takes its responsibility to guide all souls to heaven very seriously. It may not always make people 'feel good' at the moment here on earth, but the Church must be counted on to consistently provide sound moral teaching that conforms to the will of God - not to the will of man. That said, Jesus has provided us with all of the love, Divine Mercy and graces to do what is right here on earth. od.
Posted by: Pro Deo et Hibernia -
Oct. 08, 2010 8:07 PM ET USA
Thank God that BC at least has Peter Kreeft!
Posted by: Wild Bill -
Oct. 08, 2010 5:40 PM ET USA
I believe "Q" is for Questioning, not Queer. In the smooth unknotted logic of homosexuality, even the gender-confused is one of them and subject to their protection. You're welcome.
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Oct. 08, 2010 5:37 PM ET USA
It's a pathetic but increasingly common perception of how depraved sexual acts and bogus gender identifications should not only be accommodated by society, but suddenly celebrated against the moral teachings of 5,000 plus years which has wisely and universally condemned them. That this kind of trash is so openly allowed at Boston College speaks loudly to the demise of what was once heralded as a Jesuit education.
Posted by: Defender -
Oct. 08, 2010 4:03 PM ET USA
It is doubtful that you would find many Jesuits who even know what the Church teaches, so you would have to try some other religious order.