Tuesday, November 13, 2012

BC Cool Freedom Love

Boston College’s GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC), a governing body of the Undergraduate Government, supports many groups and organizations that promote GLBTQ awareness. These groups include Allies of Boston College, Prism and Horizons support groups for those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning, and a Lesbian and Gay Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Association (LGFSAA). 
Approved in 2003, the Boston College’s Allies Constitution states that it “will respect the Jesuit, Catholic mission and heritage of Boston College…and shall not sponsor or support programs that involve public protests, petitions or activities and events that conflict with University policy or that University officials judge promote positions or behavior inconsistent with BC’s religious traditions.” 
 President Father William Leahy, S.J., also approved of BC Allies’ mission, stating, “It is essential that the topic of sexuality be examined in the Boston College community in light of Scripture, our Christian, Catholic roots and moral teachings, and contemporary culture. In particular, I think we need to come to a fuller appreciation of sexuality as a gift from God that not only shapes human identity and relationships but that also calls us to integrity, generosity and personal responsibility.” Although the University provides for it students through a variety of organizations, including BC QueerPeers, BC Allies, the GLC, Graduate Pride Alliance for graduate students, a Lamda Law Students Association of LGBT students, staff, and faculty of the Law School, and a GLBT Inclusive Fellowship of Theology Students (GIFT), some events or resources hosted by these clubs seem to directly contradict Church teaching. In March 2012, the GLC hosted a Gala with speakers from the LGFSAA, and 
Grace Sterling Stowell, executive director of BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth). BAGLY’s website states, “Our approach to programming and services is youth-centered, non-judgmental and “sex-positive” (meaning we think consensual sex is natural and healthy) [sic].” It also promotes belief “in sexual freedom…[and] in condoms….” Boston College Allies also seems to explicitly support a lifestyle of sexuality that is not in accordance with the teachings of the Church. 
T-shirts being sold at many of their main events, especially during National Coming Out Week include stick-figure images of man-man, woman-man, and woman-woman figures holding hands are printed with “Support Love” on the bottom of the image. Due to the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts in 2004 and the revocation of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2010, Boston College, as seen on their LGFSAA website, provides the resources to access benefits for same-sex couples.
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Maria said...

Does any one identify as a sinner anymore? Any clubs for sinners?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

You complainers have weird repressed sexualities. The constant reporting & commenting indicates a fascinating--attraction?--with gay relationships/sex.

I'm surprised Maria didn't include the word "sodomy" in her post.

Anonymous said...

My complaint is that the gays don't shut up and go back in the closet. Talk about weirdos.

Katy Anders said...

Maria: Hmmm... How about ANY church? I mean, ANY group of humans would be, by definition, a club of sinners.

However, if anyone did NOT feel they were a sinner, then there'd be little need for churches.

So yeah... I think any church community is a club for sinners.

Anonymous said...

Katy, a club is an organization that finds common purpose or enjoyment in its stated central identifying idea or activity.

Chess clubs enjoy and celebrate playing chess. Wine clubs enjoy and celebrate drinking or making wine. Hiking clubs celebrate and enjoy hiking. Comic book clubs enjoy reading and trading and collecting comic books.

But the Church is not a group of people that celebrates and enjoys sinning; not at all. The Church is therefore not a club for sinners.

If the club analogy were to be applied to the Church, it would be a Christ club or a holiness club.

Is AA a club? No: it's a recovery program. To apply that analogy to the Church, the Church is a recovery program for sinners.

Definitely not a club.

Next time you try to be cute or clever, think it through some more. Fail.

Katy Anders said...

Anonymous: I was not trying to be cute or clever. I think you misunderstand Maria's original comment, my reply, the meaning of the word club, and concept of acknowledging oneself as a sinner.

These conversations are much better - and we all learn more - when it is more than simply anonymous people trying to insult other commenters.

I am confident that you can find it within your values to speak to others with respect and love. I encourage you to try again.

Maria said...

The truth:

"Make no mistake: no fornicator or idolater, none who are guilty either of adultery or of homosexual perversion, no thieves or grabbers or drunkards or slanderers or swindlers, will possess the kingdom of God. Such were some of you.

It is not true that the body is for lust; it is for the Lord – and the Lord for the body. God not only raised our Lord from the dead; He will also raise us by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are limbs and organs of Christ? Shall I then take from Christ His bodily parts and make them over to a harlot? Never! You surely know that anyone who binds himself with a harlot becomes physically one with her…but he who links himself with Christ is one with Him, spiritually.

Shun fornication. Every other sin that a man can commit is outside his body; but the fornicator sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a shrine of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the Spirit is God’s gift to you? You do not belong to yourselves; **you were bought at a price. Then honor God in your body**."
~I Corinthians 6:9-20

Never mind what these men tell you. They tell you lies and imperil your soul. We know who is the father of lies.

Anonymous said...

Katy, how do you enjoy working at Lesbians in my Soup?

As for your snide, condescending remark about the possibility of Texas seceding, Obama and his agenda are about the furthest thing that this country needs to become better. You don't compromise with heinous evil nor deeply misguided policies such as Obama advocates, you oppose it; and when it's clear that opposing it is not a strategic option, you withdraw and regroup. Would you have had the American colonies work together with the British Crown? No: revolution was needed.

Katy Anders said...

Anonymous: I don't know how familiar you are with this sort of thing, but it generally considered bad form to go that far off-topic on another person's blog.

I'd love to talk to you about what i post on other sites on those sites, but I think the topic here is interesting enough so as to earn our attention while here.


john hughes said...

how many of these posters actually attended any of the Jesuit schools attacked on this blog ?? Because unless you are a member of that group STFU

Anonymous said...

what you mean is any clubs for heterosexual whites?

fenwick said...

who are you people to dictate what is right ? There is no way if you were educated at a jesuit University such as BC or Fordham that you could be so narrow minded . the liberal arts igniter the mind no smolder it by hate and bitterness.

joe said...

to anon. who said to go back into the closet - i would like to force me to physically , you weakling

Anonymous said...

there is a definite obsession with gays on this blog and within the church . my suspicion is that many have unresolved sexual issues . i would think that god would want us to deal with them in better ways than hating on a group of his children

Anonymous said...

what would all you haters do if your kids were gay?

Anonymous said...

joe, the ultimate closet is hell, and there's no coming out from that one.

Anonymous said...

it is not hatred to speak the truth, especially to your children, whose proper upbringing God has entrusted to their parents

Anonymous said...

It is hatred to instruct your kids in intolerance and hatred.

Maria said...

756. What are some causes of a blinded conscience?

There are many. Among others there are:

ignorance of Christ and His Gospel;

the bad example given by others; ( AS IN THE SOCIETY OF JESUS)

slavery of the passions;

the pretense of a misunderstood autonomy of conscience;

refusal to accept the Church’s authority and teaching;

lack of moral conversion;

lack of charity toward God and one’s neighbor.

Catechism JAH SJ

Anonymous said...

JAH SJ: Given his harboring of sexual abusers should Maria be quoting Hardon?