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Australian school: formerly homosexual speaker not in line with Catholic values

Catholic World News - March 31, 2011

Stating that “the Catholic Church abhors all forms of homophobia and will not provide a venue for homophobes,” an Australian Catholic secondary college has withdrawn permission to allow a Protestant group to host a meeting featuring a formerly homosexual speaker who is now married and has children.

Upon finding out that “an American speaker would detail how he was ‘set free from homosexuality’ and advis[e] others how this could be done,” St. Columban’s College in Caboolture, Queensland, “withdrew permission for the meeting to be held on college property, and notified the organizers that the nature of the meeting was not in line with the college's Christian values,” said Ann Rebgetz, the college’s principal.

“St Columban’s College is a caring, inclusive community, and we will not allow our facilities to be used by those seeking to promote views which are not in line with the Catholic Christian ethos of our community.”

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 31, 2011 8:10 PM ET USA

    If homophobia means fearing what will happen to our Church, culture and sacrament of marriage when the radical homosexual activists get all their wishes as legal requirements, mark me down as one. I fear all sin, and especially sin masquerading as love or family.

  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Mar. 31, 2011 7:32 PM ET USA

    ''Executive Director of Catholic Education, David Hutton, said the Catholic Church abhors all forms of homophobia and will not provide a venue for homophobes to spout their views.'' You'd nearly think this was an April Fools joke! How intolerant, and how misguided.

  • Posted by: rpp - Mar. 31, 2011 1:23 PM ET USA

    I am with Lucius. What Church teachings are being violated by a man who explains how he shook off the bonds of habitual grave sin and embraced a lifestyle consistent with Catholic teachings as well normal human biological drives?

  • Posted by: Gaby - Mar. 31, 2011 11:56 AM ET USA

    In short: any condemnation of homosexual lifestyle is motivated by hatred, intolerance and lack of charity. Sounds SO familiar. But definitely does NOT come from any Catholic Catechism, Catholic councilar decree or papal encyclical...

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Mar. 31, 2011 8:18 AM ET USA

    It would be great to know where this formerly homosexual speaker would violate Catholic doctrine by speaking at this school. What section of the Catechism or Church teaching or discipline would he be violating? This school sounds like a bastion of relativism rather than Catholic doctrine. I guess they are ashamed of the truth.

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