Duquesne's 'Gay Straight Alliance' Runs Counter to Catholic Church, Group Says

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A decision by a Catholic school in Pittsburgh, Pa., to allow a "gay straight alliance" is sending the school in the "wrong direction," a conservative group said Monday.

Duquesne University decided Friday to allow the homosexual activist group on campus, but the decision has angered American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA or PA), because they said homosexuality goes against the Catholic Church's teaching.

"Duquesne is continuing its cave-in to homosexual students who have an agenda. A month and a half ago they punished a student for upholding Catholic teaching demanding that he write a ten-page paper discussing the pros and cons of homosexuality. According to Catholic teaching there are no pros in homosexual behavior," said Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.

According to Gramley, the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines homosexual behavior as "acts of grave depravity ... intrinsically disordered ... contrary to natural law ... Under no circumstances can they be approved."

"Will Duquesne's new GSA clearly state that homosexual activity is immoral? I doubt it. Further Duquesne will be asking all students to help fund this group through their student activity fees. Students like Ryan Miner and their parents who adhere to Catholic teaching will be forced to support a group they doctrinally oppose," Gramley added.

"Duquesne University is walking a fine line. Next year will their name be added to the list of schools participating in conferences which promote acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle? In a couple years, will they be forced to change school policies?" Gramley asked.

See Earlier Story:
Catholic Schools Punish Students for Opposing Homosexuality (Nov. 2, 2005)

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