THE head of a Catholic university in Maryland has annoyed bigots who got their panties in a twist over a same-sex engagement announcement published in the university’s bi-annual Mount magazine.
Class of 1986 graduate Theresa Stief was among those most incenced, and she blasted off a letter to Trainor, a retired brigadier general, which said, among other things:
It saddened me deeply to see reported, alongside announcements of births and weddings and professional accomplishments, an event celebrating a lifestyle that is counter to everything that you say the Mount stands for: In your letter at the front of the same magazine, you say the Mount ‘wants to educate the next generation of ethical leaders in service to God and others.’
The lifestyle of two graduates who are choosing to embrace their same-sex attraction denies their dignity as sons of God, and will never allow them to be fully who God created them to be.
Celebrating this choice is akin to celebrating someone who has chosen to embrace their alcoholism, their drug addiction, their clinical depression. This is not something to celebrate; this is a call for remediation.
Stief’s letter ended with an impassioned plea to the school’s president:
I have spoken with several other Mount graduates who feel the same way I do. Please uphold the clear teachings of our holy Mother Church, Dr. Trainor!
In a statement to LSN, Mount St. Mary’s administration chose not to address concerns about the school’s Catholic identity, and focused instead on:
The school’s Director of Public Relations and Communications, Donna Klinger, effectively told the moaning Minnies to take a hike by stating:
Engagement with the world and hospitality to all.
Mount St. Mary’s University is a Catholic university where the Church and the world dialogue, giving students the knowledge and skill to ethically apply the Church’s teachings in the modern world in service to God and others. Our enduring 211-year commitment to our Catholic mission inspires engagement with the world and hospitality to all regardless of religious background.
We are a diverse, inclusive community composed of individuals of many faiths and beliefs. Through its alumni magazine, the university shares the news of all alumni. We do not make judgments about the news being shared, and inclusion of an announcement does not imply the university’s endorsement.
Filtering news to reject anything that does not follow Catholic teaching would deprive all alumni of learning about life’s milestones of not only people who are in same-sex relationships but also those who are divorced and entering second marriages, or those who have children out of wedlock.
LSN reached to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore for comment but received no reply thus far. Lori is a member of the school’s Board of Trustees who also serves as chancellor of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, which, although a separate entity, shares the Mount St. Mary’s campus.
LSN is also awaiting an official statement from the Cardinal Newman Society. In a preliminary response, a representative from the organisation noted that this is:
Yet another blow to the Mount’s Catholic identity.
In May, a prestigious prep school in nearby Washington, DC – Georgetown Visitation – similarly came under fire from alumni for deciding to publish same-sex union announcements in its alumni magazine.
While Catholic teaching forbids same-sex marriage, recent studies show support for same-sex marriage in the United States has grown among most religious denominations, including Catholics. Two-thirds of Catholics said they were in favor of same-sex marriage, according to a survey conducted in 2017 by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan, non-profit policy research organization. The survey was based on more than 40,000 interviews.