A Catholic university, Georgetown, in Washington, D.C., recently announced a housing initiative devoted to those students who have under gone or are under going a sexual change. The announcement set off angry responses from conservative Catholics. Conservatives do not like either gays or trans people.
Conservatives, of course, refer to the Bible. That is exactly what Georgetown does also in defending its initiative. Referring to the Bible is a most unproductive strategy because anyone can do it.
An interesting twist is the use of Jesus in justifying most everything. The old question is, “What would Jesus do?” Advocates of the Georgetown housing say, “Jesus did not judge.” Conservatives point out correctly that the Jesus portrayed in the Bible was judgmental. The groups and behavior Jesus was said to dislike was precisely that of the writers who made up the “quotes” of Jesus. The New Testament writers did not like currency exchange merchants in the Temple so, guess what, Jesus did not like them either.
Though the Catholic Church’s official position is homosexual sex is a sin, I am certain every Catholic research university has a student LGBT organization approved of by its administration. There is simply not a way for the universities to compete without officially opening arms to welcome these students. Further, the “cause” of homosexuality taught at these universities is different than that taught by the Church.
What comes down from the Vatican is not necessarily the last word in the Catholic faith.