By Kathleen Gilbert
SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey, August 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Seton Hall University, a Catholic institution of higher education, has not backed down from plans to offer a course on gay “marriage” taught by a homosexual activist professor, it has been confirmed.
News broke in April that political science professor W. King Mott, an openly practicing homosexual who was once demoted after calling the Catholic Church “prima facie homophobic,” was slated to teach an upper-level course entitled “The Politics of Gay Marriage” in the Fall 2010 semester.
Archbishop John J. Myers immediately rebuked the plan as “out of sync” with Catholic teaching. He stated that university leaders had been called upon “to take whatever action is required under the law to protect the Catholicity of this university.”
A Star-Ledger report Wednesday, however, confirmed that the course would go on as scheduled, and that Mott had received no pressure from university administration to abandon or alter the course.
“This has never been a problem for the academy,” Mott told the paper. “It’s been a problem for, it seems, some people outside of it.”
Archdiocesan spokesman Jim Goodness confirmed to EWTN Thursday that the class would go ahead despite Archbishop Myers' disapproval, saying there was “nothing” the archdiocese could do about the decision.
In an article for the school newspaper The Setonian earlier this year, Mott said he hoped the gay “marriage” course would help students “gain an appreciation and respect for disinterested analysis that can be used to formulate an informed opinion.” A seasoned member of the homosexualist movement, Mott maintains ties with several gay “rights” groups, including Lambda Legal and Human Rights Campaign.
University spokesman Thomas White failed to return a request for information by LifeSiteNews.com as of press time Monday.
Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban, president
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
Archbishop John J. Myers
Archdiocese of Newark
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Newark, NJ 07104