Skip to comments.Catholic De Paul University to Host Gay Conference
Posted on 05/28/2007 1:37:42 PM PDT by wagglebee
CHICAGO, May 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) DePaul University in Chicago, one of the largest and most important Catholic universities in the US is hosting the second Out There conference on homosexuality and Catholic education.
The conference, whose full title is the Conference of Scholars and Student Affairs Personnel Involved in LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer) issues on Catholic Campuses, is being organized through the DePaul Womens and Gender Studies department. It is scheduled for October 19-20, 2007 and is calling for submissions for papers and workshops.
The first Out There conference was held at Jesuit-run Santa Clara University in 2005 in California and attracted 150 students and faculty from 40 different schools, including the Universities of Georgetown, Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga, Fordham, DePaul, La Salle, Marquette and Emory, as well as Boston College, and College of the Holy Cross. The Santa Clara conference was praised by gay activists as opening a new door between the homosexual activist community and the world of Catholic education.
Defending the decision to hold the 2005 conference, Santa Clara University told Catholic News Agency that hosting a two-day long conference on how to promote opportunities for gays and lesbians at Catholic colleges is the Catholic way to act. The 2005 conference chose not to highlight Catholic teaching on the intrinsic immorality or medical dangers of homosexual activity or offer assistance to homosexuals to leave their lifestyle.
Workshops at the previous conference included Curriculum and Same-Sex Marriage in a Jesuit University and Can I Be Gay and Catholic?
This years conference organizers are calling for proposals for papers on issues of relevance to LGBTQ faculty, staff, and students at Catholic institutions. Submissions are requested on nuts-and-bolts organizing in student services to the place of LGBTQ Studies at Catholic universities and the challenges of Catholic identity for LGBTQ individuals.
DePaul includes a minor undergraduate programme in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) studies. Course work includes courses in Sexual Justice: Lesbians, Gays and the Law, and Creating Change: GLBT Politics.
DePaul University was founded by priests of the Vincentian order in 1898, and is named after the orders patron, 17th century St. Vincent de Paul, who was famed for his Christian charity. It boasts the largest student body of any Catholic university in the US with over 23,000 students and describes itself as a university whose principal distinguishing marks...are its Catholic, Vincentian, and urban character.
The DePaul website claims, By reason of its Catholic character, DePaul strives to bring the light of Catholic faith and the treasures of knowledge into a mutually challenging and supportive relationship. It accepts as its corporate responsibility to remain faithful to the Catholic message drawn from authentic religious sources both traditional and contemporary.
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To respectfully express concerns:
Francis Cardinal George
Archdiocese of Chicago
155 E. Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-751-8230 Press 4
Fr. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
DePaul University President
1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604-2287
This should not include teaching sin.
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Dang what’s with it today. First the Epicopalian, then the Methodist, now the Catholics all under assault by gays.
Can’t we observe Memorial day in peace?
You got that right, no sin should be taught as anything but sin with the dangers pointed out very clearly.
Out there is right VERY out there!
Now RuPaul University?
What does the Pope say?
Hopefully he will come down hard on them.
Hey Pope, where the hell are you here?
Afraid to lose a few bucks?
How about some moral leadership?
Does the Vatican know?
One of the main reasons I left the catholic church. Liberalism is making vast inroads into religion.
Perhaps they'll get it right this year.
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Homosexual unions are totally lacking in the biological and anthropological elements of marriage and family which would be the basis, on the level of reason, for granting them legal recognition. Such unions are not able to contribute in a proper way to the procreation and survival of the human race. The possibility of using recently discovered methods of artificial reproduction, beyond involving a grave lack of respect for human dignity,(15) does nothing to alter this inadequacy.
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It’s been a long time since De Paul could be called a Catholic university. It has dropped just about all pretense. They schedule intercollegiate athletic events on Good Friday. They don’t even have a chapel on their main campus. A professor emeritus in the “theology department” denies the divinity of Christ. The school is in the hands of the enemies of Jesus. Has been for some time.
Very sad. More evidence that many (probably most) institutions of higher learning are in actuality pits of depravity. Too bad that a once Catholic university has sunk so deeply.
Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus
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