Thursday, March 8, 2012

Another Day, Another Catholic Assault on LGBT People and Allies by John Becker/ Huffington Post

"...The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported last week that Christian Brothers University has withdrawn its support for the seventh annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium, a conference founded to honor a late CBU professor of religion and peace studies by "bringing a noted scholar or peace activist each year to the Christian Brothers University campus to address social and moral issues related to peace and justice and/or Catholic social teaching." Last week's cancellation came just two weeks before the scheduled start of the conference, forcing organizers to relocate to a nearby Congregational church.CBU's stated reason for the sudden move? This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Ada María Isasi-Díaz, gave a sermon at her nephew's 2009 wedding to his same-sex spouse in a Washington, D.C. Unitarian church.Dr. Isasi-Díaz co-authored the first book on Latina theology in English and is widely recognized as a pioneer of mujerista theology, a spirituality developed through the lens of the American Latina experience. She is Professor Emerita of Christian Social Ethics and Theology at New Jersey's Drew University and a contributor to Newsweek and The Washington Post. Dr. Isasi-Díaz noted that although she's had other speaking engagements at Catholic-affiliated institutions canceled at the last minute due to her outspoken support for women's ordination, "this is the first time I've been canceled because of the sermon at my nephew's wedding..."

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