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Re: How should a Catholic university treat gay alumni?

Sep. 13 at 12:39pm | see this comment in context

I didn't interpert Franciscan's written response in the same way. NPR may not have any concept of what catholic social teachings are regarding homosexuality and I think it's an important first step to let the media know the premise that is the university's springboard for action.

Perhaps I suffer too greatly from optimism but I certainly hope that the university ministers to those with same sex attraction with as much finess as they would any other person on campus.

How should the defination be changed such that it is neither abrasive nor insensitive?

Re: How should a Catholic university treat gay alumni?

Sep. 13 at 1:30am | see this comment in context

Katie,

I agree that however well the university may have treated the alumni in private, there are public issues that do need to be resolved with how they addressed the alumni on Facebook and perhaps inviting them to the school to talk through the issue would be a more constructive approach. What do you think about getting them to work together?

On the same token, it may be an oversimplification to reduce Franciscan's response to whatever legal action they told a group on Facebook. That is, in the NPR article the school addresses the issues through the lens of Catholicism:

"In a written statement to NPR, the school says, "Franciscan University follows Catholic Church teaching in regard to homosexuality and treats homosexual persons with 'respect, compassion, and sensitivity' (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 2358) while holding homosexual acts as 'intrinsically disordered.' "

I think it's important to note that Franciscan didn't just 'release the attorneys' on a Facebook group. And, if the University practices what it preaches then it should be able to make the distinction between the homosexual act and it's categorization of being intrinsically disordered and caring for the person in a loving way.

Re: How should a Catholic university treat gay alumni?

Sep. 12 at 7:02pm | see this comment in context

Katie,


Just a few thoughts on the matter from a fellow alumni (FUS class of '07)...

My friend's father, Tom Sofio is the director for public relations at Franciscan (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-sofio/1b/9a2/255) and I was able to get some clarification on how things transpired.

The alumni who contacted the university with questions and hurt feelings regarding how homosexuals were being categorized in particular courses were in fact treated with dignity and respect and the matter was being looked into carefully. Within the course of that time the issue was also brought to the attention of the media who went ahead with the story as we now know it. Within the context of the media attacking Franciscan is the point at which the University took a defensive posture and issued the legal statement that you made reference to.


Hopefully yes, a more personalistic approach can be achieved by all parties.

Anthony

Re: Love's Knowledge

Sep. 11 at 12:48am | see this comment in context

Insightful, thanks Samantha.

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