By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 09, 2006

Kevin Miller at HMS brings this gem to our attention:

"I feel like I could have a more knowledgeable discussion about the book of Leviticus and Sodom and Gomorrah now," said Nicolet Berkman, a freshman in the College of Business Administration.

Uh oh. Without reading further, if you have an ear for academic jargon, you can guess someone's been tampering with Nicolet's unacknowledged homophobia. And you'd be right. To free naive students from confusions surrounding the moral tradition, Marquette University's Gay/Straight Alliance focuses a contemporary Jesuit perspective on thorny problems of pentateuchal exegesis. How? Through the expertise of the university's adjunct assistant professor of performing arts:

In his presentation, [Rev. Grant Garinger, S.J.] refuted three Old Testament excerpts that are commonly used to condemn homosexuality.

Garinger cited Leviticus 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination," and Leviticus 20:13, "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives," as misunderstood when taken out of context.

Garinger said these passages were really part of a larger advisory against idolatrous orgies at pagan temples.
Obviously, "performing arts" is to be understood in the biblical sense.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 16, 2006 5:19 AM ET USA

    Diogenes: CWN reader has a good idea. Help us to identify those Jesuits who are faithful so that we can support them with prayer and perhaps in othe ways I do not know of,,,,

  • Posted by: - Mar. 15, 2006 2:01 PM ET USA

    I've got another very orthodox Jesuit for the "short list"... Fr. Mitch Pacwa of EWTN fame...I've never heard an unorthodox word out of his mouth.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 10, 2006 4:40 PM ET USA

    gic: The Orthodox Jesuits have not been silent; on the contrary, they have spoken out and often paid a very high price for doing so. The price usually involves being silenced, ostracized, ridiculed, transferred to obscure assignments, etc. Perhaps Diogenes could start a list of "Faithful Jesuits" and every reader could add his own names; we can pray for them all. Frs. Joseph Fessio, Cornelius Buckley, James Schall, John Hardon (deceased), Mark Taheney, George Schultze -- my short list.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 10, 2006 5:53 AM ET USA

    The Jesuit Order should be excommunicated (or whatever they do with heretical Orders) and those in the Order who are orthodox in faith should leave the Order and join one that is Orthodox and in obedience to the Magesterium. The silence of the Orthodox whithin these disident orders gives evidence of their lack of courage in defending the truth.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2006 9:01 PM ET USA

    Don't forget that pesky small letter from Jude: "Likewise, Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding towns, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire." (Jude 1:7)

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2006 8:58 PM ET USA

    Another Jesuit Loony Tune!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2006 2:59 PM ET USA

    Well Father Garinger (SJ), Why not just rewrite the whole bible? We can call it the "rainbow" version and then have the USCC mandate it's use. And, if you are gonna rewrite it, why not take out some of those pesky commandments -- especially the one about Adultry and bearing false witness.

  • Posted by: rpp - Mar. 09, 2006 1:22 PM ET USA

    While this Jesuit may want to rewrite Leviticus, he would also have to deal with Deuteronomy. Not to mention a couple of the letter of Paul who beings these strictures into the New Testament. I guess if you can't explain it away, you pretend it does not exist.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Mar. 09, 2006 12:27 PM ET USA

    Maybe if God would rain down a little fire and brimstone on San Francisco (or Marquette) the Gay/Straight Alliance (and the Society of Jesus) would get the message. I’m not looking for wholesale destruction a la Sodom and Gomorrah, mind you, just a few “spit balls.”

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2006 12:11 PM ET USA

    We regret to advise you that your order has been suppressed by order of the Holy See.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2006 11:04 AM ET USA

    I would like to ask, Rev. G. Garinger,S.J. a question? Was not the "larger advisory" the total destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, by God, with brimstone and fire, due to the wickness of homosexusality running rampant? The full context is very clear, a man was not even safe in his own home, the homosexuals were panting at the door like dogs."From whence Lot was delivered by angels". "Lot's wife turned to stone." Reminds me of today's activists of homosexuality and women that promote abortion.

  • Posted by: Charles134 - Mar. 09, 2006 10:10 AM ET USA

    I suppose my ear isn't so good; I guessed wrong. I just took the statement at face value. I think, sadly, that any kid who goes away to college could have, after a few weeks, "a more knowledgeable discussion about the book of Leviticus and Sodom and Gomorrah." "The characters really sprang to life; I mean, it was like reading about people I know!"