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Notre Dame University Accussed of Being Anti-LGBT, Faces Backlash For Hosting Ex-Gay Speaker

Notre Dame University Accused of Being Anti-LGBT, Faces Backlash For Hosting Ex-Gay Speaker

Notre Dame is facing a huge backlash for hosting author Dan Mattson, an ex-gay speaker on chastity.

In March, Mattson was invited to Notre Dame to affirm same-sex attracted people find healing and fulfillment by faithfully living out the teachings of the Church.

Sponsored by campus group Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), Mattson’s talk, “Same-Sex Attraction and Catholicism,” traced his embrace of the Faith and subsequent journey out of the gay lifestyle.

In Mattson’s lecture, he emphasized how Catholic teaching awakened him to the “transformative nature of God’s love.”

In a recent interview Mattson stated:

The idea of there being “homosexuals” and “heterosexuals” had never before been conceived when these terms were made up in 1862. From those words, you had to make people to fit those words. New words continue to be invented, and it does reach a level of absurdity. We’re following the course of Descartes, I think therefore I am, and Nietzsche, I will myself to be this way.

We have to see things clearly as they are and give them their right names; we’re experiencing a new Tower of Babel: come, let us make a name for ourselves. You may consider yourself “gay” or “bisexual” or “pansexual” or something else; what you’re really doing is taking on the name of God and declaring “I am what I am.” This litany of sexual identities is a form of idolatry and a rebellion against God.”

In an April 6 op-ed for university newspaper The Observer,  slammed Mattson of painting a “repressive picture of sexuality.”

“Does Notre Dame Fear the Queers?” the article stated and also pointed that Mattson’s lecture had “no basis in biological, psychological or sociological sciences.” and that hi talk was just “his interpretation” of Catholic doctrine.

To justify their position, they pointed to a body of heterodox German, Austrian and Swiss theologians.

Despite Mattson’s confidence in his interpretation of Catholic doctrine, it would appear that actual theologians are not totally in agreement. This is demonstrated in Church 2011, a memorandum signed by 260 Catholic theologians, which advocates for greater acceptance of same-sex relationships. It argues that the Church’s teachings do “not require the exclusion of people who responsibly live out love, faithfulness and mutual care in same-sex partnerships.”

The Observer also claimed that Notre Dame is unsympathetic to students who dissent from Church teaching on homosexuality.

This group “is not allowed to speak out against current Catholic doctrine on LGBT,” they wrote. “Notre Dame has persistently smothered such efforts of student expression.”

Over the past 10 years Notre Dame has been repeatedly accused of anti-LGBT sentiment including the invitation to VP Mile Pence in 2017 to speak at the schools graduation commencement which prompted over 100 students to walk out in protest. 

Notre Dame University Accussed of Being Anti-LGBT, Faces Backlash For Hosting Ex-Gay Speaker

Notre Dame Students Walk Out On Mike Pence’s Commencement Speech At Graduation

Notre Dame Students Walk Out On Mike Pence's Commencement Speech At Graduation

When Mike Pence took the stage at Notre Dame’s commencement on Saturday, more than 100 students (1/3 of the class) quietly got up from their seats and left.

This was not a surprise, but rather a staged protest some students had been planning for weeks. When Notre Dame announced that the vice president and former governor of Indiana would be the university’s 2017 graduation speaker in March, the student organization WeStaNDFor began brainstorming ways to take a stand.

Bryan Ricketts, who served as Notre Dame’s student body president from 2015-16 and graduated Sunday with a dual-degree in political science and chemical engineering, was one of the leaders. Ricketts told IndyStar that many of his peers were “upset and hurt” by the school’s decision to invite Pence because his “policies have impacted the humanity of certain graduates.” The Indianapolis Star

 

Notre Dame Football Quarterback Dayne Crist Speaks Out Against Homophobia (And Hes Cute Too!)

Notre Dame’s new quarterback Dayne Crist,was recently written up in the Chicago Tribune talking about his support for various causes, including stamping out homophobia.

On a July afternoon, Crist, a two-year starter at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High, arrived early for an appointment at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex, wearing red workout shorts and a black T-shirt. On the shirt’s front, in large white lettering, was a slogan: “StaND Against Hate.”

It was a week on campus dedicated to ending hate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Crist had a tough time remembering it. But then he has served McFlurrys to terminally ill children, worked with the homeless in San Jose, read to children in South Bend-area libraries and recruited 50-plus teammates to shave their heads in the name of childhood cancer research.

It all tends to blur together. Next thing you know, he will go to Africa to build libraries. No, really. He might do that.

Linebacker Manti Te’o labeled Crist “a perfect Notre Dame role model,” noting he often bails out less eloquent teammates in meetings with recruits’ parents, offering “those answers that you’re just like, ‘You’re the golden boy.’ “

Cute guy with a good head on his shoulders and a great big heart.  Bravo Dyane, and best of luck!