Pa. bishop disapproves of gay-rights speaker

Posted on 18 Feb 2009 at 10:10am
By Associated Press

SCRANTON, Pa. — A Roman Catholic bishop in northeastern Pennsylvania is criticizing a local Catholic university’s plan to host a gay-rights advocate.

Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino says Misericordia University is failing to maintain its religious identity by welcoming Keith Boykin. He says Boykin’s beliefs are "disturbingly opposed to Catholic moral teaching."

Boykin was scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 17 to discuss Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California. His appearance was sponsored by Misericordia’s Diversity Institute, which is dedicated to promoting multicultural understanding and eliminating discrimination.

A statement from the school Monday, Feb. 16, says Misericordia is committed to its Catholic mission and to its academic mission of exploring ideas "critically and freely."

Information from: The Scranton Times, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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