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Friday, 4 January 2013

Toronto's Newman Centre criticized for being Catholic

The Globe and Mail (there's a reason why it's become so thin), which bills itself as Canada's National Newspaper, has taken it upon itself to note a little dust-up at the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto. The reporter reveals his own bias in the first sentence with his comment about a "controversial program dubbed Courage." It seems that the new Chaplain  has had the temerity to teach the Catholic faith and actually implement a church-recognised program started by the late Father John Hardon called Courage. Courage aids people living with same-sex attraction to live lives in conformity with Church teaching. Where's the controversy? If the reporter actually took the time to study the goals he might have been more objective in his reporting and the typical anti-Catholic hatred in the com-box would, at least, have been properly educated. 

The Newman Centre has come a long way since one of its former Chaplains invited Mr. Gregory Baum to speak and then tried to have Catholic protesters arrested after reporting it to the National Catholic Fishwrap that they were "attacked", but I digress.


The following five goals of Courage were created by the members themselves when Courage was founded.

1. Live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality. (Chastity)
2. Dedicate ones life to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of  reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. (Prayer and Dedication)
3. Foster a spirit of fellowship in which all may share thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone. (Fellowship)
4. Be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life and in doing so provide encouragement to one another in forming and sustaining them. (Support)
5. Live lives that may serve as good examples to others. (Good Example)

Some attendees at the Newman Centre were offended and have taken their complaint to the University of Toronto because those five goals are really offensive and hateful.

Note to the Globe and Mail and the University of Toronto: The Newman Centre is a Catholic parish within the University community and we have in this country something called a Constitution, so back-off. To you Catholics who have complained, well; read your catechism, seek spiritual direction and pray and if you still think the same, then deal with it.

For more on Courage and the late Father John Harvey and other matters of same-sex attraction, without the hyperbole of the main-stream media please visit the Sheepcat -- Catholic commentary by a former gay activist and his wife.

Hat tip to Witness.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this article. Just one correction: Courage was founded by the late Fr. John Harvey, a saintly priest I had the privilege of meeting.

Anil Wang said...

I don't think anything would change if the reported checked his fact.

IMO, the heart of the issue is goal #1 of courage. Telling *anyone* that they must live chastely, even for certain periods of the month (see Humanae Vitae) is a direct attack on the "New Sexual World Order".

In this new world order, children are slaughtered by the millions because people want to have sex and not live with the consequences, and the children that aren't aborted are forced to learn about things that adults in more sane societies (not necessarily Christian or even Abrahamic faith) would turn their eyes away in shame and disgust, and even mentioning that chastity is possible labels you as a right wing out of touch hate-monger.

If Courage were to give up on this one goal, all would be "well" and the press would praise the Newman Center, and even use it as proof that LGBT's are above average Catholics.

Of course, Courage can't do that and be faithfully Catholic....

Vox Cantoris said...

Anon. Thank you for the correction, I knew that but I had just read something from Father Hardon and had him in my mind.

May both of these holy Father Johns, Hardon and Harvey, rest in holy peace!

Vox Cantoris said...

Alas Anil, you are absolutely correct. Unless his heart was open to the truth, he would not report it any other way. Thank you for your comments here, they are always appreciated.