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December 14, 2012 Print

Notre Dame Supports Plan to Start Gay-Focused Group

by Bethany Monk

A Catholic university in Indiana is creating a student organization for students struggling with homosexuality and gender identity with its focus on respect, compassion and sensitivity.

Notre Dame University President Rev. John I. Jenkins accepted recommendations from the school’s Office of Student Affairs. The plan, crafted by the student affairs staff, models a study of Catholic teaching on sexuality and gender identity.

CitizenLink Gender Issues Analyst Jeff Johnston said the university seems to be taking a reasonable approach to the issue.

“They follow the Catholic church’s teaching that homosexual behavior is a sin, but that nobody chooses their attractions,” Johnston said. “God has a plan and design for sexuality and so the church helps people live according to that.

The group also wants to lead unmarried people toward chastity. 

Johnston supports this as well.

“God designed sex between a man and a woman who are husband and a wife,” Johnston said. “All other sexual relationships outside of that are not good or healthy.”

Learn more about the Notre Dame Office of Student Affairs plan: “Beloved Friends and Allies: A Pastoral Plan for the Support and Holistic Development of GLBTQ and Heterosexual Students at the University of Notre Dame.”


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