Thursday, September 24, 2009

Boston College Law School in Disarray Over Prof’s Defense of Marriage

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:
On September 15, 2009, released a television ad which featured Scott Fitzgibbon, a professor at Boston College Law School, arguing in defense of marriage between one man and one woman. He encouraged Maine voters to vote “yes” on an upcoming ballot referendum which aims to overturn state legislation which legalized homosexual “marriage” last May.

Complaints from fellow faculty members at Boston College soon began piling up. Merely one day after the ad aired, Boston College Law Dean John Garvey issued a
letter to the BC law community, writing, “Several of you have contacted my office to express your anger at Scott’s actions, and it is hard for me to see any of our students, faculty, or staff offended or hurt by the words of others.”

Rather than praising Fitzgibbon’s public defense of a Catholic teaching, Dean Garvey wrote that Fitzgibbon’s “public statements represent his own opinions. . . and do not state any official position of Boston College Law School.”
[ED.: Huh? These are NOT merely Prof. Fitzgibbon's "own opinions", but ARE, in fact, the "official position" of the Catholic Church of which Boston College purports to be a part.] Garvey defended Fitzgibbons’ participation in the advertisement but also seemed to welcome faculty opposition to Catholic teaching.”

We also have faculty members who hold a contrary view, which they too are free to express publicly,” he wrote. “Many have done so while referring to themselves as BC Law professors. One of them has publicly led the fight to oppose the Solomon Amendment on the grounds that it is an affront to gay and lesbian students and prospective members of the U.S. military. Others have taken controversial positions on such subjects as abortion, euthanasia, and the treatment of detainees.”

Three days after Fitzgibbon’s pro-traditional marriage ad aired, a group of 76 “Individual Faculty and Administrators at Boston College Law School”, including Dean Garvey, issued the following
statement: “The undersigned members of the faculty and administration at Boston College Law School feel that it is important to reaffirm our belief in the equality of all of our students. We are proud of the fact that Boston College Law School was one of the first law schools in the country to include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination pledge, and we reaffirm our commitment to making our institution a welcome and safe place for all students, including LGBT students.”
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At 9/25/2009 10:17 AM, Blogger Terry said...

I thought what Dale said back in May with respect to the address at Notre Dame sums this sort of thing up perfectly:

Better to go, say, to a Michigan State and fence with gleeful, open secularists than to get blackjacked by a nominal co-religionist with the same agenda.

Why do they even bother with their "identity" anymore?

At 10/02/2009 8:42 AM, Blogger Nancy Danielson said...

We all know that it is a Scientific fact that procreation is necessary to continue Human Life on Earth. There is no Scientific evidence, however, that a "homosexual" inclination is genetic, or "something a person is born with", which is why refusing to condone homosexual sexual acts or any sexual act that does not respect the Sacredness and Dignity of the Human Person as well as refusing to affirm that various sexual "orientations" or "preferences" define person-hood, can not be discrimination to begin with. Referring to someone according to sexual "orientations" or "preferences" is demeaning and not consistent with The Spirit of The Law regarding the sin of adultery. Christ, The Word of God Made Flesh, calls each one of us to witness to The Truth of Love by His Revelation that any act that is not oriented to The Will of God, is not an act of Love. The Truth of Love, through His Life, Passion, and Death on The Cross, Has shown us that The Way to Love in the fullness of Truth is to desire Salvation for our Beloved.

"Love one another as I Have Loved you."- Christ


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