“they believe they can redefine Catholicism to fit their political agenda”
The University of Portland is a Catholic school, so these are presumably Catholic students. You knew this move was coming, didn’t you?
The College Fix reports:
Catholic university students claim right to redefine teaching on homosexuality
Students at the University of Portland have said they can define what the Catholic Church teaches on homosexuality. This reveals an erroneous understanding of what the truth is.
The battle of words has lasted over a month now and began with a January 27 opinion piece from a handful of students who accused the University of Portland of not respecting the “LGBTQ+ community.”
A response piece in mid-February from Benedict Mary Bartsch, a 2018 alumnus who is now in the Dominican religious order, sparked an avalanche of criticism.
“It is mistaken to believe that authentic Catholicism and the LGBTQ+ community are compatible,” Bartsch wrote.
“It certainly is the case that a form of ‘Cafeteria Catholicism,’ which claims the name Catholic and yet dissents from fundamental and unchangeable teachings of the Church that have been taught since its foundation, can be a worthy bedfellow of the LGBTQ+ community,” he wrote.
“But if we are talking about true Catholicism, then the two are further away from each other than the two poles of the Earth,” he wrote.
He correctly explains that marriage is between one man and one woman, the only two sexes that exist.
There is a difference I’d add, between respect for someone who struggles with homosexual inclinations or gender dysphoria and someone who actively promotes same-sex unions or “sex change” operations or “gender affirming care.”
But for, sadly, many students at the University of Portland, they believe they can redefine Catholicism to fit their political agenda.
“Catholicism and the Bible, as has been discussed in many of my theology classes at this University, is up to interpretation,” the editor-in-chief Austin De Dios explained in an editorial.
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