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  •  Non-Catholics go to this University (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, schnecke21

    I am very sure that BC does not require all of it students to adhere to Catholic doctrine in all matters - not only would it be impossible, it would dry up the pool of potential students to the point the institution would close. BC does not require its students - even Catholic ones - to go to Mass, to fight the death penalty, to work for social and economic justice, etc. So what the real problem here is selective enforcement of Catholic doctrine.

    There is another huge issue with the actions of BC - they are against the policies of the Catholic Church, at least the pre-Karol Wotjyla Catholic Church. In the reorganization of the Catholic Church in the 60s under the Second Vatican Council, the Church issued a Declaration on religious Freedom. It says, in part:

    ...Religious freedom, in turn, which men demand as necessary to fulfill their duty to worship God, has to do with immunity from coercion in civil society. Therefore it leaves untouched traditional Catholic doctrine on the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and toward the one Church of Christ...

    2. This Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits...

    It is in accordance with their dignity as persons-that is, beings endowed with reason and free will and therefore privileged to bear personal responsibility-that all men should be at once impelled by nature and also bound by a moral obligation to seek the truth, especially religious truth. They are also bound to adhere to the truth, once it is known, and to order their whole lives in accord with the demands of truth. However, men cannot discharge these obligations in a manner in keeping with their own nature unless they enjoy immunity from external coercion as well as psychological freedom.

    The whole declaration is here:

    Declaration on religious freedome

    That being said, I really don't get the straight world in its reaction to safer sex. Every gay bar I've ever been in has free condoms on the bar or in a bowl near the door. One of the great untold health policy stories is how the gay community fought against HIV, in part, by providing free condoms. All straight spaces where people are likely to hook up should follow their lead.

    A government that denies gay men the right to bridal registry is a facist state - Margaret Cho

    by CPT Doom on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:26:55 PM PDT

    •  they're not asking them (2+ / 0-)
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      to adhere to Catholic doctrine in all matters. In fact, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't even want that. What they are asking, in a certain small set of situations, is for students not to use school property to actively undermine a core aspect of catholic teaching.

    •  It is a certain segment of of the straight world. (0+ / 0-)

      Safe sex is a very good idea. We would have lots less problems if people learned more about it.  

      People who have problems with their own sexuality are making it more difficult for the rest of us. People who have hang ups should not be elected. Some people call them the American Taliban. Looks like a good name for them.

      I just think they are evil & stupid.

    •  Doesnt matter (0+ / 0-)

      Its a private school... they can set any conduct and policy rules they want.  You are accepting them by attending.

      if you think the rules are too strict or conflict with your non-Catholic beliefs there are over 1,000 other colleges in this country you can attend.  If you qualified for BC, there is no doubt you can qualify for others.

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:36:43 AM PDT

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