Your excellency Archbishop Myers,
It is so very sad to write this letter on the feast of Our Lady of Soprrows, but, there is something seriously wrong in the Archdiocese of Newark and all the rhetoric will not make it OK to scandalize the Church for what obviously is considered an adequate reason to permit a superb Catholic University sponsoring, advocating or allowing a homosexual advocate to teach a course on Homosexual Marriage at Seton Hall. Some in the Church will excuse this scandal by proclaiming that there are far greater issues being considered which trump spreading political propaganda for the homosexual cause and of course we all know that New Jersey continues to be a battleground against the Church on behalf of the homosexual lobby. Would the Archbishop permit this pro-homosexual professor [W. King Mott] to give a seminar to Catholic Parish groups or sponsor him to speak to other Catholic Youth? We understand how difficult the battle rages in the Statehouse against the Church’s Teaching but should the battle also be coming from Seton Hall?
I think you need to recognize that the average Catholic gets the message real clear: In effect the you say: “We make pronouncements against this kind of course being taught at Seton Hall but we are powerless to stop it.” Jersey Catholics will read this as politically correct response – proclamations are cheap and action is costly. The Archbishop needs to walk the walk and take an hour or so to visit the university and proclaim in front of the students and faculty that this course will not be permitted, period. He can tell the administration that it will incur a cost to defying the Church of Newark which has fathered and sustained it throughout it’s history. Seton Hall is either Catholic or it is not and it is the premier Catholic institution of higher learning in the Archdiocese. Not one Catholic sees it any other way, do they?
If Archbishop Myers lacks the authority and conviction to exercise his authority in this case, then he has little reason to ask the people of the Archdiocese to fork over the millions of funds sought in the Archbishops Appeal knowing that much of this money is dedicated to Catholic Education. He has every reason to exercise his authority to remove every reference which indicates that Seton Hall is a Catholic University and to end the education of seminarians which is taking place in that institution.
REFERENCE: http://www.rcan.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_id=1558 which clearly points out moneys designated to Seton Hall from the Appeal.
REF: http://www.rcan.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_ID=104 which makes the solid interface between the Seminary and the University clear and clearly labels Seton Hall: “the Seminary has become a vital part of the University, and has taken advantage of the opportunities presented by operating within a major Catholic university.”
Is there a risk to make a big issue with teaching homosexual [advocacy] courses at Seton Hall? Undoubtedly there is but what is the cost an adequate reason to do no more than send a letter to the University? I absolutely challenge that. I suggest that Professor Mott give his lecture in some off-campus hall such as the American Legion and in the light of free speech, I would consider donating part of the cost he needs to pay for the rental. I doubt it since he surely wants the forum to be Seton Hall as having sponsored it.
Michael J. Donnelly
2 Locust Hill Blv, Hamilton, NJ 08691 [Diocese of Trenton]