Archbishop Myers Condemns Seton Hall’s Same-Sex Marriage Class

Seton Hall’s New Class Same-Sex
Course To Start This Fall

Archbishop John J. Myers  Statement- As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Newark, I am responsible for maintaining the Catholic identity of all Church institutions and organizations within the Archdiocese, and for ensuring authentic and orthodox Catholic teaching in all educational institutions and parishes. That responsibility extends to our Catholic elementary and high schools, to our parish religious education programs for both adults and children, and to the Catholic colleges and university operating within my jurisdiction.

Recent news that a course on same-sex marriage is proposed for the fall schedule at Seton Hall University troubles me greatly.

The Church teaches – and has continued to teach for two millennia – that marriage is a union of man and woman, reflecting the complementarity of the sexes.  That teaching precedes any societal connotation of marriage, and is based on natural law.

This proposed course seeks to promote as legitimate a train of thought that is contrary to what the Church teaches.   As a result, the course is not in synch with Catholic teaching.

Consequently,  the Board of Trustees of Seton Hall  have asked the Board of Regents to investigate the matter of this proposed course, and to take whatever action is required under the law to protect the Catholicity of this university.

When he met with Catholic educators two years ago during his visit to the United States, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, spoke of the need for authenticity and adherence to Catholic identity.

“Teachers and administrators,” he said, “whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice. This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found in the Gospel and upheld by the Church’s Magisterium, shapes all aspects of an institution’s life, both inside and outside the classroom.”

Please Contact Now:

Monsignor Robert Sheeran, president, Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079

(973) 761-9620

[email protected]

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5 comments to Archbishop Myers Condemns Seton Hall’s Same-Sex Marriage Class

  • Georgeann

    YEAH!for Archbishop Meyers action! GOD NEVER CHANGES… His Truth NEVER CHANGES … The Church will not change its stance on TRUTH because society changes! On EWTN recently, I saw an interview with William Peter Blatty, (author of The Exorcist), who was sadly stating that the Catholic Georgetown University he attended and loved is NOT the Georgetown University of today. It, too, is losing its Catholic identity. Blatty and others have taken the matter to the Archbishop of D.C. and are ready to take it to the Vatican, if necessary.

  • @Bill, I don’t know what TM means but the Magisterium must lead & protect the flock from those in authority who mislead. the bishops can sever relationships w/ schools that teach courses (pc or otherwise) in opposition to the faith. they can respond as Archbishop Nienstedt has in Minnesota: he has warned priests who openly dissent from supporting marriage as the Church teaches it may be removed from their priestly duties. the saints dissented against the Church when she was in error in order to bring her back to the faith. otherwise, their dissent was against the govts & rulers of their day just as we are being called to dissent against those who are or would be the govts & rulers of our day.

  • Bill

    “Come down hard on all Catholic dissidents!” This is an interesting comment to see on a site that purports to be Christian. TM, what did you have in mind, burning these folks at the stake? Might I remind you that Jesus was a dissident and that the roster of saints is replete with dissidents.

  • Mary Bennett

    It would also be a good idea to pray to St. Louis.

  • TM

    I think we should pray for the Pope to have the courage to come down hard on all Catholic dissidents!

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