“I think it’s kind of good. When else would I be able to talk about stuff like this with a priest?
she said. “But the real reason besides the GER is that it’s being taught by a priest, so there is a different perspective there and just the age generation, like a different generation’s perspective, so I thought it would be really fascinating.”I think it’s pretty cool. It was just kind of luck of the draw that I landed with Sexuality and Morality,”
The class, currently pushing its capacity, is consistently a popular course selection each spring.
“By and large, you don’t get students at 8:30 a.m. unless there is some level of interest. It’s always full, so it’s very popular. Mostly women take it, not many guys take it,” Genovesi said.
Although Genovesi does not believe that his religious beliefs inhibit class discussion, he insists on dressing casually during lessons and regards his traditional clerical garb as another barrier between himself and his students.
Genovesi said. “But I begin every class with a prayer and I tell them that the proper way to address me is ‘Father.’”“I told the students years ago, because of experiences they may have had between with priests or sisters in the past, I don’t want to establish another barrier between the student and me so I’m not going to wear a collar,”
Groeschen said that she would feel less comfortable in the class if it were taught by a non-celibate professor.
“I guess people think, because it’s a priest, what’s he going to know about sex. But I think it would be more uncomfortable with a someone who is a lay person,” she said. “Just because, not that people get mental images in their head, but at the same time you know the priest is never doing any of those.”
Link (here) to The Hawk
The Monk's Hobbit has great piece on the subject (here).
Read the Churches position (here) contained in Pope Paul VI's Humanae Vitae