Bishop Of Fort Wayne-South Bend Releases Statement on Notre Dame
Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Ft. Wayne-South Bend issued a statement that was obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society concerning Notre Dame University’s recently announced plan 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. The plan includes recognizing a homosexual student organization as well as a full-time student development staff position focused on LGBTQ issues.
Bishop Rhoades said:
One of the essential characteristics of a Catholic university is “fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us from the Church” (Pope John Paul II, Ex corde ecclesiae). In its recently released Pastoral Plan, the University of Notre Dame clearly affirms its fidelity to Catholic Church teaching on human sexuality by affirming that “sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman” and that the fulfillment and proper context of human sexual love is to be found in the marital covenant. It affirms the teachings of the Church on the commandment and vocation of love, the virtue of chastity and its expression in friendship, the importance of self-mastery, and the call to holiness. The Plan affirms Catholic teaching that men and women who have homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”