St. Michael’s College Theology Professor Speaks Against Board’s Position

TORONTO, April 5, 2002 ( – Toronto City Councillor and City World Youth Day (WYD) Chair Joe Mihevic was a speaker at an April 3 press conference supporting a Catholic 17-year-old male student who is lobbying his school board to reverse their refusal to allow him to bring his 21 year old ‘boyfriend’ to the school prom. Speaking alongside gay activists, Mihevic urged the Durham Catholic School Board to grant student Marc Hall’s request.

The press conference was orchestrated by openly gay MPP George Smitherman at the Queen’s Park Media Studio. The Toronto Star on April 4 reported: “[Mihevic] who is also a Roman Catholic theologian, said he doesn’t know of any church teaching or edict that would prevent someone from attending a dance or other event with a same-sex partner.”

Mihevic is totally incorrect regarding the Catholic teaching on the matter. In a 1986 letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) explained “Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder. Therefore special concern and pastoral attention should be directed toward those who have this condition, lest they be led to believe that the living out of this orientation in homosexual activity is a morally acceptable option. It is not.”

The upcoming edition of Catholic Insight reports that Mihevic who calls himself ‘Catholic’ teaches a course on social justice at the Faculty of Theology of St. Michael’s College in Toronto. Moreover, Mihevic’s pro-homosexual activism is longstanding. When Toronto’s Cardinal Ambrozic condemned, on behalf of the Catholic community in Ontario, the same sex marriage legislation being introduced by then-Premier Bob Rae, Mihevic objected strenuously to the cardinal’s stand.

See the CDF document on homosexuality:

Mihevc can be reached at:  Joe Mihevc   City Hall   100 Queen Street West, Suite B35   Toronto, M5H 2N2   Phone: 416-392-0208 Fax: 416-392-7466 [email protected]

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