A helpful list from TFP Student Action claims that 52 percent of Catholic colleges in the U.S. sponsor some form of “pro-homosexual” student club. The Cardinal Newman Society has documented the damage that activist and social groups can do, such as drag shows being held on Catholic campuses.
However, the designation “pro-homosexual” fails to make important distinctions between groups that deliberately challenge Catholic teaching, and others that are well-intended (although often still problematic). The list covers a wide range of campus ministry-sponsored programs to counsel students on sexuality, non-spiritual counseling programs, efforts to protect students from harassment, “gay-straight” groups to show solidarity among students, groups organizing social and sometimes amorous activities for homosexual students, groups advocating for civil rights for homosexuals, and activism directly opposed to Catholic teachings.
While such distinctions are important, at least one Vatican official has expressed reservation about any college student activity organized around homosexuality. In 1992 Cardinal Pio Laghi, then-Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, opposed a homosexual club at Seattle University: “At a Catholic university, support can be given only to Catholic teaching on homosexuality and Catholic pastoral practice to help homosexual persons morally, ascetically, and spiritually . . . The university’s responsibilities towards homosexual persons, doctrinally and pastorally, should find their expression in courses in Catholic theology.”
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