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Catholic university revokes fellowship for theologian who backs gay marriage

Sunday, November 4, 2012

SAN DIEGO — A British theologian claims that the University of San Diego has withdrawn a fellowship and revoked a speaking invitation because she signed a letter supporting civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom.

Tina Beattie

Tina Beattie, a professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton in London, was to be a fellow at USD’s Frances G. Harpst Center of Catholic Thought and Culture, but said her fellowship was revoked by the Catholic university because she dissents from church teachings, reported the Associated Press:

University President Mary Lyons didn’t elaborate in her letter but her decision came less than three months after Beattie and 26 other Catholics signed a letter in The Times of London newspaper that said it was “perfectly proper for Catholics, using fully informed consciences, to support the legal extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples.”

University of San Diego officials had no immediate comment Friday.

“I hope you understand the difficulties associated with this decision, one to which I arrived with great and thoughtful consideration,” Lyons wrote in a letter dated Oct. 27.

Beattie said the withdrawn invitation raises concerns about the school’s commitment to academic freedom.

Gerard Mannion, the center’s director, told AP he was “very surprised, shocked and deeply disappointed” by the university’s decision, and said that USD students and faculty were planning a series of protests.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. Just one of hundreds of reasons not to go to a private school.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:15am
  2. God is love? Not in most religious beliefs!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:17am
  3. Yaknow the idea of gay rights isnt to give more rights to LGBT but to protect them from individuals like bullies or w/e. To give LGBT less rights is the same as putting a fucking golden crown on conservative christians or other faiths in general who wish to suppress individuals with differences like being LGBT. There should be no policies AT ALL against LGBT.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 9:28am
  4. Let’s be clear. Have no expectation of acceptance or support from the Catholic establishment & hierarchy. They actively oppose rights for women and rights for LGBT persons. This is not likely to change.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 10:47am
  5. Getting outraged that the Catholic church discriminates against gays is pretty useless….they never will change their stance, the structure of their dogma hinges on the church’s infallibility throughout time.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 11:12am
  6. Secular state schools are the way to go! These religious schools skew their information and what they teach. They are negating what psychological science has been saying about GLBT people for decades in terms of normal functioning! Gay marriage is good for society in terms of well being for the GLBT individuals and equal rights for society! The message that all citizens have equality is something we Americans should want! It makes our country stronger!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 11:17am