The Latest Casualty in the Culture War: A Nun

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We’ve recently seen a CEO — Brendan Eich, formerly of Mozilla — become a direct casualty of the “gaystapo.” There’s also a recent indirect casualty of the “gaystapo.” Her name is Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.


Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, who often speaks to high school and college-age students on matters of sexuality, gave an hour-long presentation to students at Charlotte Catholic High School on March 21 called “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift.”  School officials told the Catholic News Herald she spent about half her allotted time discussing homosexuality, blaming its rising influence in part on fatherless homes created by divorce and extramarital sex.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, a number of misguided students and parents — supposedly Catholic — were outraged. In fact, given the reaction of some, one would have thought Sister Jane had preached Nazism or militant Islam to the students.

You can pretty much figure out what happened next. School and diocesan officials held a meeting with the upset parents, apologized to them, and, lo and behold, Sister Jane is now on a “voluntary” sabbatical. In other words, church officials essentially threw her under the bus, and now she’s in exile, all for speaking out about the spiritual and moral dangers of the homosexual lifestyle.

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Now, perhaps — perhaps — it would’ve been a bit more prudent for Sister Jane to leave certain material out of her presentation to the students. Then again, spiritually and morally speaking, she may have been doing them a disservice by omitting the “offensive” material, which was not something she pulled out of thin air; it was, from what I gather, research on various aspects of homosexuality, albeit politically incorrect research.

As Catholic commentator Dr. Jeff Mirus wrote:

We have slipped here into a pattern all too common in Catholic life today: The idea that the Church may teach something (yeah, yeah) but it really doesn’t matter. People can do what they deem best, and their way for them will be as good as anything. This attitude is false, and Sister Jane Dominic committed the cardinal sin of demonstrating its falsity. In point of fact, “their way for them” will not be as good as anything. It will not only be spiritually deadening, but also have disastrous concrete, practical consequences, including negative impacts on others, which are statistically measurable.

In a way, it’s similar to those “pro-lifers” who object to the showing of graphic abortion images under any circumstances. Such people may claim to be pro-life, but, hey, don’t ever show the public the reality of abortion because it’s disgusting, offensive and even hateful!

So it is with the extremely unpleasant realities of the homosexual lifestyle. There are indeed disastrous consequences to living and promoting a lifestyle that is contrary to natural and divine law. And it’s not wrong to talk about those consequences, in a prudent manner, with impressionable high school students. I can’t imagine Sister Jane was using foul and graphic language to get her points across. Homosexual activists, on the other hand, seem to delight in using such language in all settings.

Sadly, our decadent culture doesn’t want to hear these truths, and the Christophobic homofascists — also known as homosexual activists — and their sympathizers will not tolerate those who oppose their agenda.

Keep Sister Jane Dominic in your prayers.

The following is a statement issued April 4 by Aquinas College in Nashville, where Sister Jane was teaching (get the vomit bag ready):

The events around the recent talk by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P. in Charlotte, NC have produced a great deal of speculation from many sides. Among the commentators, there are few who were actually present to hear the talk, which was not recorded.

It is the firm belief of Aquinas College that all men and women are created in God’s image and likeness and are made with a capacity to love and be loved. The College supports the Catholic Church’s teachings which are open to the diverse needs and desires of all, which must be considered in light of eternal truths.

We support and affirm that every man and woman, regardless of his or her state in life, deserves respect, and that the health of any culture is gauged according to the capacity of its members to uphold their own beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others. The College’s patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, was known for his ability to thoughtfully consider all things and retain what is true, regardless of the source of that truth.

We believe it is our privilege to bring the best aspects of our faith tradition to bear on the moral and cultural questions of the present age. In her presentation, Sister Jane Dominic spoke clearly on matters of faith and morals. Her deviation into realms of sociology and anthropology was beyond the scope of her expertise. Sister is a trained theologian from a Pontifical University and has the credentials to contribute to scholarly bodies of work. This she has done in the past with distinction. The unfortunate events at Charlotte Catholic High School are not representative of the quality of Sister’s academic contributions or the positive influence that she has had on her students. The students at Charlotte Catholic were unprepared, as were their parents, for the topic that Sister was asked to deliver. The consequence was a complete misrepresentation of the school’s intention to bring a message that would enlighten and bring freedom and peace.

There are no words that are able to reverse the harm that has been caused by these comments. The community of Aquinas College is saddened by this extreme outcome and wishes to reiterate that this is not something the College condones or desires to create. There is division where there should be unity. The events and discussions that have transpired over the last two weeks reflect that there is something in this that surpasses an ordinary high school assembly.

Sister Jane Dominic has cancelled her speaking engagements and, at her request, is preparing to begin a sabbatical from teaching at Aquinas College. It is our sincere hope that the community of Charlotte Catholic High School will soon begin a process of healing and renewal, and that all who have been affected by this event will be drawn into profound reconciliation as we approach this great season that commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Matt C. Abbott
Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic journalist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He has been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR and WLS-TV in Chicago, and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

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