Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Impossible Reform of Catholic Universities---Part 2

Little did we know that this post would generate the comments it did, but because they are profound and also directly affect a previous School excoriated, we felt it necessary to publish the comments as a Post rather than a comment.  More people can read it this way and see just how bad the University of Dayton has become.  We have lots on this so-called "Catholic school" (Here) as it happens to be my Alma Mater, much to my dismay.  It used to be really Catholic. My hat's off to this person...seems I'm not the only one totally offended by Anti-Catholic Rhetoric and from a "Marian" University.  You folks better watch out...Mary might just get mad. 

Here are the comments.  Please let us know what you think. The Writer of these comments has forwarded us the entire text of the correspondence she received from U of Dayton.  She has called herself Mrs. Catholic, so we shall honor her request and print it as same. 

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

(Mrs. Catholic) Reform must happen...I'll probably be dead before it happens, unfortunately. Last year I was in disbelief when I saw that the U. of Dayton had presented a play called Bare. I caught sight of it online and did a quick check on it. What I watched made me ill. I immediately sent an email to the President of the University asking how this horrible choice of productions was made during Lent. He gave my response to another...which I have copied here along with my response back to him.

Dear Mrs. Catholic,

Dr. Curran asked me to respond to your note of concern about a theatre production on campus.

I appreciate how deeply you care about the University of Dayton.  I want to assure you that the University of Dayton's theatre program engaged in a great deal of thought and conversation before scheduling "bare."

The mission of a Catholic university is to engage people around difficult questions of faith and culture. Some students in Catholic high schools do struggle with their faith and homosexuality. As a university, we welcome dialogue on difficult issues like this. We scheduled two discussions with cast and audiences after the performances to talk about the issues the musical raises in light of Catholic teachings.

In the theatre department's judgment, the musical does not present an argument that homosexuality is normative or that the church's moral teachings are flawed. The production explores students' experiences of conflict and confusion, both within and among themselves. Like most works of art, it seeks to prompt reflection rather than to present answers.

Like all Catholic universities, we follow the call of the U.S. Catholic bishops in the document, Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers:

Respect for the God-given dignity of all persons means the recognition of human rights and responsibilities. The teachings of the Church make it clear that the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended and that all of us must strive to eliminate any forms of injustice, oppression, or violence against them (cf. The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, 1986, no. 10).
It is not sufficient only to avoid unjust discrimination.  Homosexual persons "must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2358).

It was the hope of our theatre department that the musical would contribute to the discussion of the acceptance of all people; it did not intend to denigrate the church's teachings.

Again, thank you for your thoughtful letter.


My response...

Dear Dr. Saliba,

Thank you for responding to my concerns.  It is unfortunate that your response is quite inadequate.  Personally, I would like the names and titles of those who initiated Bare, those who engaged in a great deal of thought and conversation.  I would like to know if those same persons are faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and I would not hasten to add that it is doubtful that they are for this production is not art.

Which brings me to your comment, " most works of art..."  I ask you if both you and Dr. Curran were completely aware of the contents of Bare prior to "bringing" it to you University?  It would not qualify as mocks the Bride of Christ.  This link may help you to understand art vs. the perverted teachings presented in this program.  If this link does not work, I have tried to attach a copy of the document.

You also stated:
"The mission of a Catholic university is to engage people around difficult questions of faith and culture. Some students in Catholic high schools do struggle with their faith and homosexuality. As a university, we welcome dialogue on difficult issues like this."
I would wholeheartedly agree with your mission and welcoming difficult dialogues; however, as a Catholic University, I would hope that your mission is to lead all students and staff to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  Bare does not lead to God, but rather mocks Him.  Did you watch it in its entirety?  You defend this?

Finally, you have selected as few words from the USCCB site as suited your left out most of the important and virtuous aspects of what our Bishops have stated.  How dare you Sir!  Or, perhaps you overlooked these...

The Church seeks to enable every person to live out the universal call to holiness. Persons with a(n) homosexual inclination ought to receive every aid and encouragement to embrace this call personally and fully. This will unavoidably involve much struggle and self-mastery, for following Jesus always means following the way of the Cross.... The Sacraments of the Eucharist and of Penance are essential sources of consolation and aid on this path.

The Necessity for Training in Virtue
There is another kind of “therapy” or healing of which we all stand in need, regardless of whether one is attracted to the same or the opposite sex: Every person needs training in the virtues. To acquire a virtue—to become temperate, brave, just, or prudent—we must repeatedly perform acts that embody that virtue, acts that we accomplish with the help of the Holy Spirit and with the guidance and encouragement of our teachers in virtue. In our society, chastity is a particular virtue that requires special effort. All people, whether married or single, are called to chaste living. Chaste living overcomes disordered human desires such as lust and results in the expression of one’s sexual desires in harmony with God’s will. “Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being.”18
It is sad to note that in our society violation of chastity and the pervasive human suffering and unhappiness that follow in its wake are not uncommon. Many families experience firsthand the human devastation that results when marriage vows are broken, or the human heartbreak that can lie in the wake of sexual promiscuity. Chaste living is an affirmation of all that is human, and is the will of God. It is we who suffer when we violate the dictates of our own human nature.
The acquisition of virtues requires a sustained effort and repeated actions. As the ancient philosophers recognized, the more one repeats good actions, the more one’s passions (such as love, anger, and fear) become shaped in accord with good action. It becomes easier to perform good actions.
I need not quote the entire beauty of the Catholic Church's teaching...but the perverted program of Bare in no way will affirm chaste living, virtue, nor growth in holiness.
I am saddened to hear that a College claiming to be Roman Catholic would promote such opposition to our Sacraments, our Lord and His Bride.  I will pray for those souls who were exposed to such lies--shame on all of those who approved Bare--I will also pray for them as well.  I will not be recommending the University of Dayton to anyone seeking a Roman Catholic College.

In His Service,

All I can say is...WOW and let it go at that!
Jesus Is Lord!

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