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Theology Chairman’s Same-Sex Wedding Begins ‘Flood’ of Challenges to Catholic Identity
Theology Chairman’s Same-Sex Wedding Begins ‘Flood’ of Challenges to Catholic Identity
7/7/2015 || The Episcopalian marriage of Fordham University’s theology chairman to his same-sex partner, just one day after the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, begins a new flood of challenges to Catholic identity that most Catholic colleges and universities are unprepared to face, warns Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.

“Even if a Catholic college leader wants to uphold Catholic teaching on marriage, the persistent embrace of dissent and opposition to the Church at many Catholic universities makes it highly unlikely that the law will now permit them to uphold moral standards for professors,” Reilly said.

“The fact that a theology chairman at a Catholic university apparently waited for the Supreme Court’s ruling to publicly affirm his disregard for Catholic teaching is a sign that the sky has opened, and wayward Catholic universities are about to face a flood of consequences following upon decades of inconsistent Catholic identity.”

Dr. Patrick Hornbeck II was declared married at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. Critics immediately questioned how the University expects Catholic theology to be sincerely “taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium,” as required by the Church’s constitution on higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, particularly when the head of the theology department openly disregards Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

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