Cardinal Timothy Dolan is probably going to hit the ceiling when he hears this news. Notre Dame, THE Catholic university in the United States, has rather quietly launched a new campaign supporting LGBTQ students and their allies.
They have even gone so far as to hire a fulltime employee to handle the new pastoral initiative entitled “Beloved Friends and Allies: A Pastoral Plan for the Support and Holistic Development of GLBTQ and Heterosexual Students at the University of Notre Dame.”
According to Notre Dame student Michael Bradley over at The College Fix, “The new faculty member is expected to oversee a student organization tasked with providing a variety of peer-to-peer support services for Notre Dame’s homosexual students and their heterosexual allies, as well as develop initiatives for ‘out or questioning students,’ according to the pastoral plan.”
The employee will be tasked with organizing speakers, conferences, support groups, retreats, and various programs in support of and for the holistic development of LGBTQ students as well as any other people in the Notre Dame community who wish to take part in the programs.
University President Reverend John Jenkins stated that the program came out of “a careful review of Catholic doctrine and teaching, listening sessions with members of the Notre Dame community, and consideration of structures present at peer Catholic institutions.”
Of course, there’s already outcry from some members of the faculty and alumni who fear that gays are just going to start recruiting people on campus for the ‘gay lifestyle’.
Part of the move may have to do with the fact that the younger generation of students are more apt to be accepting of LGBTQ people.