‘We’re having nun of that crap’, say Catholic pupils
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, an assistant professor of theology at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee outraged pupils when she visited Charlotte Catholic High and spouted utter garbage about gays, including an assertion that masturbation leads to homosexuality.
The petition, calling for an apology from both the school and its chaplain, Father Matthew Kauth, reads:
We the students of Charlotte Catholic High School would like to issue a formal complaint regarding Sr Jane Dominic’s speech given on Friday, March 21st. We found some of [her] ideas expressed to be both offensive and unnecessarily derogatory. We are incensed that you knew the content of this speech and allowed these ideas to be expressed in a school that should be preaching a message of love and acceptance. Our objections are simple and straightforward:
1. We believe that children can thrive in spite of one or both of their parents short comings and/or absence because we know that role models do not exist solely within one’s nuclear family.
2. We believe that same sex couples have the ability to raise happy, well-adjusted and successful children.
3. We reject the notion that the actions of one abusive Australian couple should be used to support the idea that same sex couples are unfit parents. Not only is this story weightless, anecdotal evidence intended to incite discrimination, but it further abuses that child.
4. We reject the suggestion that homosexuality occurs mainly as a result of a parent’s shortcomings, masturbation or pornography.
5. We recognize the difference between correlation and causation. As a result we realize that men don’t become gay by masturbating in the presence of one another but rather may engage in these activities because they are gay.
6. We take issue with the phrase “homosexual lifestyle” and the suggestion that it is a distortion for the media to portray homosexual couples “like heterosexual couples.”
7. We believe that homosexual couples are capable of monogamy.
8. As rational people, we know that most homosexual people lead healthy, normal and productive lives like their heterosexual counterparts.
9. We resent the fact that a school wide assembly became a stage to blast the issue of homosexuality after Pope Francis said in an interview this past fall that ‘we can not insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptives methods’. We are angry that someone decided they knew better than our Holy Father and invited a speaker who addressed the issue of homosexuality to our school to speak twice in the course of one school year.
10. We the students of Charlotte Catholic High School are confused why time was spent condemning the practice of homosexuality when we could have been spent condemning: world hunger, gun violence, the death penalty, unjust care of the elderly, human trafficking, genocide, discrimination etc.; OR been promoting: love, prayer, the Beatitudes, practical ways to serve Christ, patience, just war theory etc.
Red-faced officials at the school yesterday apologised to parents and students.
One student said:
The statement she basically made was that homosexuality was something developed from lack of masculinity or a lack of father figures in one life.
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Charlotte said Laurel:
Presented some ideas to the students that really kind of rocked their world. These had to do with the origin of homosexuality. This is something that is hotly debated.
Sixty-four students and 86 alumni signed on to a letter to school officials criticising her remarks. In addition, more than 4,000 have signed the petition.
However it is reported that Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, President of Acquinas College, had released a statement saying Laurel’s lecture:
Was given with the intention of showing that human sexuality is a great gift to be treasured and that this gift is given by God.
Note: Last year Laurel featured largely in a ‘Theology of the Body” conference in Nashville. She is pictured above with
Hardy youth minister Gabe Gutiérrez who organised the event.