Monday, February 06, 2006

DePaul University to Offer Minor in "Queer Studies"?

The largest Catholic university in the U.S. has instituted a "Queer Studies" program

DePaul University in Chicago -- the largest Catholic university in the United States -- is launching a "queer studies" program that looks at issues of homosexuality. DePaul will be the first Catholic university to offer a minor in the topic, and could face the wrath of the Vatican.

Via Lair of the Catholic Caveman and Thoughts of a Regular Guy.

Just when you think that some of our Catholic Universities couldn't get any more pagan and secularized than they already are, you read something like this and just shake your head.

Ok, I can appreciate how it is important to understand the problems involved in homosexual behavior and to learn to deal with those who are afflicted with this spiritual sickness, especially if you are going to train to be a counselor or involved in ministry to those who are recovering homosexuals or those who seek to change their behavior. What I don't understand is how a large Catholic university can offer this as a minor. I also wonder how this will be presented to our impressionable youth. Will homosexuality and the gay culture be presented in a positive, "non-judgmental" (that is, approving) light? With all the scandals that have been taking place in the Church I would hope that someone who is an orthodox Catholic would present the topic from a standpoint that is consistent with the teachings of the magesterium and not with that of our pagan, secular society. Only a person who is very grounded in the faith and of high moral fiber would qualify for such a position. A minor in homosexual studies? Somehow I just can't picture that on a resume.


Jeff Miller said...

Next they will be offering minors for queer studies ala NAMBLA.

Jeff Pioquinto,SJ said...

nice blog. loves reading it. thanks and God bless

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Next they will be offering minors for queer studies ala NAMBLA.

This may sound silly, but on what basis would they reject such a proposal? Sin? Law? Church teaching? Popular disapproval? Bad PR?

Can anyone point to a program they've rejected on any such grounds previously?

Does DePaul even teach good and evil anymore?

Amigo said...

Why is it that Christian universities lose the focus on why they were founded? I really hope the Catholic Church gets around to ridding its universities of heretical teachers.

Anonymous said...

Well, DePaul does have some professors teaching that I wonder how they got past the interview process.

Another one that came to light recently is: prof Jason Winslade

Go to this site and see what he does on his spare time .... and don't forget to see the line-up of "workshops" and their teachers .... Brave New World


" Jason Winslade is a professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, where he teaches courses on occultism and popular culture, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Irish myth, and rites of passage. His PhD is in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. He has published scholarly articles on Wicca, the Western esoteric tradition .... as well as a recent article on occult initiation in Audience Participation: Essays on Inclusion in Performance (Greenwood Press, 2003). His essay on witchcraft and pop culture will soon be included in a scholarly anthology on teen witchcraft. ...."

".....To this end, I will introduce a manifesto that I have produced with other scholars calling for a return to the mysterious and the occult specifically within the fields of theatre and performance and generally within higher learning. We will determine the differences between an occultism that keeps knowledge hidden from all but an elite group and an occultism that reveals mysteries to all, based on my experiences teaching magick and occultism to college freshman. ..."

At my daughter's all girl's Catholic school, her religious teacher informed the class that the Blessed Mother had children, pagans do have gods, and the UU church has great ice cream socials ....


and at my son's catholic school a teacher recommended the Left Behind series as a good read ....

double sigh