Archbishop Opposes Same-Sex “Marriage” Course at Seton Hall University, Defends Catholic Identity

By TFP Student Action   
May 05, 2010
Archbishop Myers
The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark
The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, responded to a proposed course on same-sex “marriage” at Seton Hall University.  In a statement issued on April 30, the Archbishop firmly defends the university’s Catholic identity.

TFP Student Action applauds the Archbishop’s pronouncement and prays it will encourage more Catholic students to proclaim the truth, resist the sexual revolution and promote moral values on campus.

Here is the complete statement of the Most Reverend John J. Myers:
As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Newark, I am responsible for maintaining the Catholic identity of all Church institutions and organizations within the Archdiocese, and for ensuring authentic and orthodox Catholic teaching in all educational institutions and parishes. That responsibility extends to our Catholic elementary and high schools, to our parish religious education programs for both adults and children, and to the Catholic colleges and university operating within my jurisdiction.

Recent news that a course on same-sex marriage is proposed for the fall schedule at Seton Hall University troubles me greatly.

The Church teaches - and has continued to teach for two millennia - that marriage is a union of man and woman, reflecting the complementarity of the sexes.  That teaching precedes any societal connotation of marriage, and is based on natural law.

This proposed course seeks to promote as legitimate a train of thought that is contrary to what the Church teaches.   As a result, the course is not in synch with Catholic teaching.

Consequently, the Board of Trustees of Seton Hall  have asked the Board of Regents to investigate the matter of this proposed course, and to take whatever action is required under the law to protect the Catholicity of this university.

When he met with Catholic educators two years ago during his visit to the United States, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, spoke of the need for authenticity and adherence to Catholic identity.  "Teachers and administrators," he said, "whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice. This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found in the Gospel and upheld by the Church's Magisterium, shapes all aspects of an institution's life, both inside and outside the classroom."


+3 # Sue 2010-05-13 09:25
Thank you, Archbishop Myers for defending our faith and the Sacrament of Marriage!
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+3 # Sarah Hardy 2010-05-13 09:42
Thank you Archbishop for your actions in this matter.
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+3 # Joe 2010-05-13 10:14
Thank you Archbishop Myers for stepping in and sifting out evil that would influence our Catholic children! I pray all our church leaders around the world will have the same courage and do the same.
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+3 # judymcallister 2010-05-13 10:55
I am so happy to learn of what is happening with the young people today. I applaud the bishop for his taking care of church teachings and protecting our Catholic young people. God bless you all.
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+1 # Bobby Dee 2010-05-13 10:56
Yes, I agree. Those who wish to go against the rules of the 'company' need to get out & not pollute with the values of the 'world'.
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+1 # Richard Clifford 2010-05-13 13:19
I can't believe that a Catholic college in this day and age would attempt something like this!
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+3 # Richard Kohrmann 2010-05-13 13:57
When the head of Notre Dame invited Obama to speak there, why did his archbishop allow it to happen or why did his bishop not stop it. I hear about priests inviting people who favor abortion to speak and they do speak and nothing is done about it. Why do the bishops not chastise Nancy Pelosi and other Catholics who favor abortion. I realize that the media will not report on these happenings but I do not read about it in Catholic publications either. Also why does Archbishop Myers only oppose same-sex marriage courses at Seton Hall. Shouldn't he STOP it.
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+1 # Raffikie23 2010-05-13 14:24
The Church just appointed a great new young bishop for the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana. Please keep Bishop Tim Doherty in your prayers as he begins his Apostolate.
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+6 # Felina Levy 2010-05-13 18:03
I am a 100% for the Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. I firmly believe that marriage is a union of man and woman forever! To me, same sex marriage, homosexuality, pornography and other filthy acts should not be tolerated at all; for it's a sin to do this! May God bless you Reverend John J. Myers for believing and following God's truth and may God bless America and the whole world to be holy and godly and to follow God's righteousness, godliness and all commandments!
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+7 # Fiona Lambert 2010-05-13 19:12
Thank you Archbishop Meyers. I hope that other bishops will be courageous enough to also do the same in there own dioceses.
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+6 # lorraine schwartz 2010-05-13 20:55
thank you Archbishop for standing up to the anti Catholicism that is being portrayed in so called Catholic colleges. If they can't abide by the teachings from Rome change the name of your college. There are only a couple colleges in the United States that I would call Catholic. Shame on Notre Dame, UD/Mercy and Fordham. They are are a disgrace
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+6 # Joan Swan 2010-05-13 22:16
Thank God for Archbishop Myers for defending the teachings of the Magisterium! The Holy Father already spoke to them about this sort of thing. The next step for the Holy Father is to strip them of their Catholic identity along with Notre Dame.
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+8 # Joyce Halm 2010-05-13 23:14
I am happy to hear that Archbishop Myers is defending true Catholic teaching concerning marriage and the falsehood of homosexual couples. Marriage was ordained by God to be between one man & one woman. We need more religious to speak out on this.
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+7 # Nancy Douglas 2010-05-14 08:51
The Bishop has truly led by example in this instance. Now we, the sheep need to stand up for what is right and not what is easiest!
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+7 # Matt Shanley 2010-05-14 09:43
Praise God! Thank you for spreading the truth - often a voice in the wilderness! We continue to pray for those who wish to create their own version of the Church. God Bless! Matt. S
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+7 # Mary Ann Allore 2010-05-20 19:24
Thank you Bishop John J. Meyers, You are a light in the darkness. As an elderly Catholic it looks bleak sometimes to see the Catholic church being attacked but when we allow it to happen then we should hang our heads in shame. So I say keep up the good work speak loudly and be heard loud and clear.
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+8 # Jacqueline 2010-05-20 20:06
Thank YOU, Archbishop, for your authenticity, courage, and being the shepherd God sent you to be.
We Catholics long to hear the TRUTH.
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+3 # David Hepler 2010-08-01 08:42
Thank you Archbishop for standing up bravely and speaking the truth! There are far too many wolves that have snuck into the sheepfold. They are devouring young minds and leading them to Hell! The church must always zealously rid the demons in its midst!
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+1 # Lynne Hickox 2010-09-20 11:52
Thank you Bishop Myers for standing up for the Magisterium! Please make sure they simply cancel this course. I am very saddened by so many wolves in sheep's clothing and we need to react to Satan's stronghold. Please use your God -given power to stop this course. My daughter attends this college BECAUSE it is a Catholic university, we need to stay true to our beliefs and the Truth. I am very concerned that this may just be the beginning of the wolves' attacks on our Catholicism.
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+1 # Walter G Chavez 2010-10-26 12:30
I applaud the Archbishop stand, but where are the other bishops of USA, why aren't more bishops speaking out more often with these transgressions to our Catholic faith and the Church of Christ?, why there is not a harder control on these universities by the Bishops on the Priest or people that run these universities?. For the love of God DO something about it.
God Bless you all.
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+1 # CATHERINE FOX 2010-10-27 10:20
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