JOHN P. CONNOLLY Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 4:47:55 PM by grace522
By JOHN P. CONNOLLY, The Bulletin Monday, April 13, 2009 The University of Notre Dame, which has been criticized in recent weeks for inviting President Barack Obama to this yearâ€™s commencement, announced a series of events during Easter week to promote inclusivity of homosexuality.
StaND Against Hate Week, announced on Holy Thursday, includes a showing of the film â€œPrayers for Bobby,â€ which reportedly blames a motherâ€™s Christian beliefs for her gay sonâ€™s suicide. The event will take place from tomorrow through Friday, which is during the Christian celebration of Easter week.
The week is co-sponsored by Notre Dameâ€™s Gender Relations Center, student government and University Counseling Center.
â€œChristianity is under attack from within our own Catholic universities,â€ said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that works to preserve the identity of Catholic colleges. â€œThe bad news continues, perhaps appropriately on the day when we recall Christâ€™s terrible agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. We need Catholics worldwide to draw the line, here and now, by joining more than 255,000 witnesses for the Faith at NotreDameScandal.com.â€
The week includes a screening of the film â€œPrayers for Bobby,â€ which portrays Mary Griffith, a faithful Christian mother who seeks spiritual healing for her homosexual son, as the cause of her sonâ€™s suicide. According to a review at ReligionDispatches.org, the film biography ignores the real-life Bobbyâ€™s drug use and â€œstint as a gay prostitute.â€ The real Mary Griffith has renounced her faith and champions homosexual rights, including same-sex marriage.
The announced agenda for the week indicates no effort to teach students about Catholic teaching on homosexual activity as gravely sinful.
April 17 is the one-year anniversary of Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s address to Catholic educators in Washington, D.C., during which he called Catholic colleges and universities to a stronger Catholic identity.
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