Creighton theology prof wants Church to be ‘morally neutral’ toward homosexuality
March 11, 2015 (CardinalNewmanSociety.org) -- A professor of theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., was recently quoted in the student newspaper and described as recommending “more morally neutral” language in the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality. Although the professor teaches theology at the Jesuit university, the article made no mention of him imparting or explicating the Church’s teaching on the matter.
Dr. Todd Salzman, who teaches ethics under Creighton’s theology department, “believes changing the language the Catholic Church uses to address homosexuality to something more morally neutral is the most helpful step toward improving relationships between the Catholic Church and the LGBT community, The Creightonian reported.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that same-sex attracted persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” but that they are “called to chastity,” as “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to the natural law.”
In contrast to Salzman’s comments in the article, one University student reportedly stated that Creighton should, instead, “focus on living chastity in our individual lives.”
The student, “in adherence with the Catholic Church’s views, believes that the purpose of marriage is to produce children and is reserved for a man and a woman,” the Creightonian stated. “He thinks that the university could better help students explore what relationships are possible outside of married life and promote chastity for those who are not married.”
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Last October, Creighton President Father Timothy Lannon, S.J., announced the decision to extend employee spousal benefits to same-sex partners at the University. The move was followed by a statement from Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, who said he was disappointed and disagreed with the Jesuit university’s decision. “Despite Father Lannon’s claim that this is not a statement of approval of same-sex marriages, this is precisely the message that the university is giving,” Archbishop Lucas wrote.
The Cardinal Newman Society reached out to Dr. Todd Salzman to request clarification of his views and comments in the student newspaper, but no response was received by time of publication.
Reprinted with permission from The Cardinal Newman Society.