Fort Wayne, Ind., Dec 7, 2012 / 17:27 pm
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades is optimistic about the newly-established GLBTQ student organization at the University of Notre Dame, but he is also underscoring the importance of it being faithful to Catholic teaching on sexuality.
"It is vitally important that the Foundations of the Pastoral Plan, which express Notre Dame's fidelity to Catholic teaching, inform and guide the implementation of the Plan, including the vision, programs and activities of the new student organization that is being formed," the bishop wrote in a statement Dec. 7.
"I also hope that the Pastoral Plan will be of support to all students at Notre Dame in living a chaste and holy life according to the teachings of Jesus and His Church," Bishop Rhoades said.
Notre Dame president Father John Jenkins on Dec. 5 accepted the Office of Student Affairs' recommendation to "expand and enhance the support and services for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (GLBTQ)."