Notre Dame signals welcome to gay athletes in new campaign

Print More
Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 1.06.59 PM

Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.

(RNS) The Catholic Church has taken a lot of heat over its stance against gay rights and for policies that often bar openly gay people from participating in church life. But the University of Notre Dame, an icon of American Catholicism, is going against the flow by supporting student athletes who come out as gay.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Why is anyone surprised? Notre Dame is a university, not a church, and since it receives federal funds, it dares not discriminate against LGBT students or athletes. Besides, we shouldn’t confuse the crass anti-gay political machinations of the bishops with the good will expressed by a clear majority of American lay Catholics:

    “Our analysis found that this increasingly diverse Catholic community is strongly supportive of acceptance of and rights for gay and lesbian Americans. Generally speaking, Catholics are at least 5 points more supportive than the general population across a range of issues. For example, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Catholics favor laws that would protect gay and lesbian people against discrimination in the workplace; 63 percent of Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military; and 60% favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children.

    On the more contentious issue of same-sex marriage, the evidence is also stacking up for solid Catholic support at both the national and state levels. A Washington Post/ABC News Poll recently found that fully 63 percent of Catholics supported making it legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry, compared to 53 percent of the general population.”

  • CarrotCakeMan


    “Sixty-two percent of Catholics said they were in favor of legalizing marriage for same-sex couples. Catholics approved of same-sex marriage at a higher rate than Americans as a whole”

  • Pingback: Une campagne d’ouverture auprès des athlètes LGBT l’université Notre Dame – La Montagne des dieux()

  • Doc Anthony

    You’re right about one thing CCM: Notre Dame is a university, a SECULAR university. It’s not a church. It’s not a Catholic institution.

    Notre Dame is absolutely no different than the University of Indiana in terms of secularism. Both Catholic and non-Catholic families should keep that in mind.

    Hey, Catholic parents! Want your boy to become a priest, or a bishop, or a Pope? Then go send your kid to a Catholic university. Don’t send him to Notre Dame.

  • Doc Anthony

    And by the way, a person can fully respect and accept another person, WITHOUT respecting and accepting his or her sin behaviors and anti-God lifestyles. Shoot, parents and grandparents do that all the time.

    All people are created equal. All lifestyles, are NOT. Don’t back down, Christians.

  • Atheist Max

    Christians have no right
    To tell non-Christians, or Gays what to do or think.
    Stop bullying others. It isn’t nice and it won’t help anybody’s ‘soul’.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Doc attacks anyone who is “insufficiently homophobic.” While he isn’t sophisticated enough to understand what I mean, yeah, how about that, the Jesuits are insufficiently homophobic, all right. Go ahead and attack Pope Francis now, Doc, he’s a Jesuit–and he said himself he’s insufficiently homophobic, too.

    Doc clearly knows nothing about the Roman Catholic Church except to attack any part of it that isn’t in line with his anti-gay political agenda. The problem for Doc’s agenda is Doc’s every post actually weakens his anti-gay agenda.

    Thanks, Doc. Keep on showing what’s wrong with your agenda.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    How many times have we heard the anti-gay LIE, “Love the person,…” but where they always make it clear they HATE the person by posting attacks. Please keep repeating those same anti-gay lies here, Doc, they have a particularly deleterious effect on your agenda. Haven’t you seen the polls that show younger evangelicals are rejecting homophobia? You did that, Doc.

  • Doc Anthony

    Actually, I haven’t said one word about the Jesuits, (either pro or con), since I first arrived in this forum, so I guess you’ve already displayed a flat tire right there, CCM.

    Try getting it fixed before taking the rest of the car back on the road, yes?

  • Doc Anthony

    And by the way, CCM, another young writer of the “Millenial” generation has abandoned YOUR gay lies. Author Mya Huff has busted out of the gay jail:

  • You could only possibly believe that Notre Dame is not Catholic if you have never been there, never read anything about it by a reliable source, or have no idea what the Catholic Church is. I’ve studied, taught, and worked at about a dozen Catholic universities – including some in Rome – and ND is one of the most Catholic i have experienced.

  • gilhcan

    Implying that Notre Dame or any other institution receiving or even applying for federal funds doesn’t openly violate any federal laws and get away with it is like saying that our justice system has gone after all the thugs on Wall St. the same way they have over-populated our prisons with people they caught carrying or using a joint!

    Also, to claim non-discrimination in order to obtain federal funds is as hypocritical as it gets, especially for a church institution whose dictatorial central cabinet practices such blatant discrimination as the Vatican curia of the Catholic Church.

    Consider the ugly discrimination of Cardinal Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in trying to force his brand of beliefs on the good nuns of the U.S. And that pales almost to oblivion compared to clerical sex abuse.

  • Doc Anthony

    Then something has gone radically wrong with the University of Notre Dame — or with American Catholicism itself.

    Or, most likely, both.

    It’s like the house is still there, but there’s no furniture inside anymore…and no running water either.

  • Pingback: Notre Dame signals welcome to gay athletes in new campaign | Spokane Faith & Values()

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Your denial is useless, Doc. The Jesuits run Notre Dame. The Pope is a Jesuit. Posting yet more tiresome personal attacks won’t make the facts go away.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Anti-gays attack anyone, anywhere, who won’t help them hurt LGBT Americans. Most Americans have noticed this.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Who cares that you found some blogger, somewhere, who agrees with you, Doc? Please pay for advertizing at this website, if that’s what you want. That’s exactly what you did here–seek free advertizing.

  • mike

    Regardless of how one reads scripture or what one thinks policy should be, it is crucial to take a gracious tone and attitude toward these divisive issues. There will always be people who want the Catholic Church and her institutions to go further on policy, but that’s fine. The church is not accountable to please those people. I applaud NDU for being inclusive; it is the right thing to do.

    OK, secularists who are only here to complain: take your shots (I won’t read your lectures).

  • NDFan

    FYI, the Jesuits have nothing to do with Notre Dame. The school is ran by the Congregation of Holy Cross, a completely separate order from the Jesuits. You might get your facts straight before you post in the future.

  • Pingback: If You Can Teach, You Can Teach | Bondings 2.0()

  • Pingback: Notre Dame signals welcome to gay athletes in new campaign | Toledo Faith & Values()

  • Ray Heyob

    A far better video on same sex attraction and the Catholic Church. It’s worth the watch!

  • Paul

    All this tells me is that 63% of Catholics do not read the bible. I am not without sin, but the bible clearly states that marriage is between a man and a woman. Notre Dame needs to withdraw it’s law suit against ObamaCare immediately. You can have one foot in and one foot out of the secular world. Either you’re a Catholic University or not. If not, change touchdown Jesus into a hippie, paint peace signs on his fingers, and put some sun glasses on him. Even the Pope to ND to knock it off. What a bunch of hypocrites!


    ND former greatest fan!

  • Marl

    If homophobe parents are so concerned about their sons and daughters gender identity, give your sons Barbie dolls, not GI Joe. Give your daughters the GI Joe and other male dolls.

    After all, don’t they have to practice like the opposite sex?

    If you can’t figure it all out – let your children play with whatever toys and dolls they like! YOU can’t change their sexual preference no matter what YOU do.

    Doctors whose patients give birth to children with both male and female genitalia should work with parents with honesty – don’t take it upon yourself in the Delivery Room to cut out the genitalia YOU choose!

  • Dave Man

    Notre Dame has had the gay looking leprechaun mascot for years, so why wouldn’t they welcome gay athletes?