“Catholic” Notre Dame University and its Summer “Scholars”

According to this article at campusreform.org, the University will host a “Summer Scholars” course in 2015 for highschoolers entitled “Gender and Culture in American Society.”

The description of the course at ND’s “Summer Scholar” website begins with the following introduction to the topic: “Are you male or female? How do you know?”

Dumb questions cloaked in rhetoric and euphemism: hooray for scholarship!

Similarly, a person who has brown eyes but feels he should have blue eyes may close his eyes and declare: “I don’t know! Since I feel that I should have blue eyes I must have blue eyes! They might seem brown but you should follow my lead and call them blue. I’ll wear these colored contact lenses to help bring you into my reality.”

There’s an intellectually dishonest premise — promoted by the secular culture at large — embedded in the questions presented: that sex and gender are not objective realities for an individual, but rather feelings that are dependent on individual perspective.

In other words, gender and sexual identity are fungible; they are not immutable; they can be freely changed at will. Even anatomical and reproductive facts do not assist in settling the question.

It continues: “Gender theorists argue that gender – our masculinity or femininity – is a performance rather than an innate characteristic.” As used here, “gender theory” is nothing more than a manufactured relativism intended to justify sexual aberrancy.

Compare the Catechism of the Catholic Church (para. 2333): “Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out.”

God, in His creative goodness, makes each of us a certain way, in His image and likeness. An individual is unique, unrepeated, and specially loved by God. God does not mistake.


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