In a statement released Friday, Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark slammed a proposed course on same-sex “marriage” to be offered at Seton Hall University by a homosexualist professor. Myers says that the course is “not in synch” with Catholic teaching, and that the university’s Board of Trustees have urged officials “to take whatever action is required under the law to protect the Catholicity of this university.”
The university newspaper The Setonian reported earlier this month that W. King Mott, an open homosexual who was once demoted by the university for speaking out against Catholic teaching on marriage, would be offering a course that he claims would teach about homosexual “marriage” “from an academic perspective.”
“As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Newark, I am responsible for maintaining the Catholic identity of all Church institutions and organizations within the Archdiocese, and for ensuring authentic and orthodox Catholic teaching in all educational institutions and parishes,” stated the archbishop.
“That responsibility extends to our Catholic elementary and high schools, to our parish religious education programs for both adults and children, and to the Catholic colleges and university operating within my jurisdiction.
“Recent news that a course on same-sex marriage is proposed for the fall schedule at Seton Hall University troubles me greatly.”
Myers reaffirmed that the teaching of the Catholic Church holds “that marriage is a union of man and woman, reflecting the complementarity of the sexes.” “That teaching precedes any societal connotation of marriage, and is based on natural law,” he stated.
“This proposed course seeks to promote as legitimate a train of thought that is contrary to what the Church teaches. As a result, the course is not in synch with Catholic teaching.”
According to Myers, Seton Hall’s Board of Trustees have already asked the Board of Regents “to investigate the matter of this proposed course, and to take whatever action is required under the law to protect the Catholicity of this university.”
The archbishop quoted Pope Benedict XVI’s address to U.S. Catholic educators two years ago during his visit to the United States, in which the pope said: “Teachers and administrators, whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice. This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found in the Gospel and upheld by the Church’s Magisterium, shapes all aspects of an institution’s life, both inside and outside the classroom.”