I joined the Catholic church eleven years ago. I went through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). This program introduces the practices and beliefs of the faith, allowing time for discernment before making the commitment of confirmation and/or baptism. One of the main reasons I committed was because there were no gray areas. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is very straightforward and keeps us on the straight and narrow.
But as the song says, “The times they are a changing.” Since my baptism, liberalism has grown to epidemic proportions and has slithered its way into the church leadership. We see what should be firm beliefs and practices watered down to assuage liberal ideals for the sake of political correctness and out of fear of offending. Frankly, I find the watering down offensive as do many others and I can only imagine what God is thinking.
This past week, the University of San Diego - a Catholic University, held another LGBTQ sponsored Drag Show. Each year, petitions are sent to the University to discontinue the show which highlights the gay agenda which is contrary to Church teachings. In fact, the Vatican’s Congregation for Education in 2014 rightfully deemed the drag show a “scandal.” According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in part:
2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor's tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.
Therefore, they are guilty of scandal who establish laws or social structures leading to the decline of morals and the corruption of religious practice, or to "social conditions that, intentionally or not, make Christian conduct and obedience to the Commandments difficult and practically impossible." This is also true of business leaders who make rules encouraging fraud, teachers who provoke their children to anger, or manipulators of public opinion who turn it away from moral values.
Even with the Vatican determination, the Bishop of the San Diego Diocese has not taken any action whatsoever. In fact, this year he “punted” the issue back to the University President.
The university evidently has no desire to defend the Catholic faith and at this point has no plans on discontinuing the show. Not only does the college’s stand go against Catholic teaching, but it also goes against its primary core value: “The University of San Diego expresses its Catholic identity by witnessing and probing the Christian message as proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church. The university promotes the intellectual exploration of religious faith, recruits persons and develops programs supporting the university's mission, and cultivates an active faith community. It is committed to the dignity and fullest development of the whole person.”
Sadly, the core value is weakened by breaking it into segments which bring in diversity and inclusiveness in a changing world. Our world is changing and being diverse and inclusive is not wrong by any means; we should all be loving, tolerant, understanding and compassionate towards those with alternative lifestyles. However, Catholic students (or all Catholics for that matter) should not be forced or encouraged to applaud and accept something that is contrary to their faith. You can’t have it both ways. Either you are a Catholic institution or not. If not, pay the diocese for the property, etc., and do your own thing. In addition - those living an alternative lifestyle should not expect a Catholic university to abandon its values and teachings to accommodate theirs; they should be respectful and act accordingly. If they can't ... there are other colleges available that have no religious affiliation.
It is time to go back to black and white. Catholic is as Catholic does. Church leaders should not compromise. They should not cower and succumb to the liberal agenda. They need to do what they were ordained to do - teach, share and defend the faith. If they are not willing to do so, then perhaps their station in the Church should be reconsidered. The same applies to all Catholic university administration and faculty.