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Catholic University Rescinds Fellowship From Professor For Supporting Marriage Equality

A British professor lost her fellowship from a Catholic university because she publicly supported marriage equality in the UK.

Professor Tina Beattie of London’s Roehampton University was set to begin a fellowship at the University of San Diego in Southern California. But administrators pulled their invitation when they discovered Beattie was one of the signers of a letter, printed this summer in the Times of London, that proclaimed it “perfectly proper for Catholics, using fully informed consciences, to support the legal extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples.”

In a letter dated October 27, university president Mary Lyon wrote, “I hope you understand the difficulties associated with this decision, one to which I arrived with great and thoughtful consideration.”

Gerard Mannion, director of the university’s Center of Catholic Thought and Culture, said he was “very surprised, shocked and deeply disappointed” by the decision. He also announced students and staff were planning a series of protests.

Beattie, who blamed her removal on a group of irate bloggers, said she had planned to avoid controversy in her tenure at the school.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Nov 4, 2012
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  • 16 Comments
    • doug105
      doug105

      So much for religious freedom.

      Nov 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Funny, the Catholic Hierarchy loves to scream that their freedom of religion is being interfered with whenever they want to be bigots….and yet they certainly are quick to attack somebody for speaking freely.

      If only they had showed even half this intolerance for rampant abuse and molestation that has occurred for years in their parishes, homes for unwed girls, and orphanages around the world.

      Nov 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BayAreaHomo
      BayAreaHomo

      Wy do people still affiliate with the Catholic Cult?

      It hates dissent. It hates people who are different. It will not change. It will use every opportunity it has to destroy people of conscience and science.

      So why do free thinkers keep getting entangled in the Cult’s institutions and then express outrage when the Cult launches its predictable politics of personal destruction?

      If every smart and conscientious person left the Cult and its institutions behind, it would collapse. Their continued presence and participation in the Cult simply gives it undeserved legitimacy.

      Nov 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JAW
      JAW

      @BayAreaHomo:

      Perhaps it is you that is not the free thinker….

      Just like you do not think like the Catholic Church… There are millions more Free thinkers that disagree with your views, then agree with with your views.

      Nov 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @JAW: Free thinker doesn’t mean what you think it does. You can not have faith in a deity and be a rational or critical [or free] thinker.

      Nov 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JAW
      JAW

      @2eo:

      Thanks… I guess that I was responding to the final line of the post that I responded to…

      “If every smart and conscientious person left the Cult and its institutions behind, it would collapse. Their continued presence and participation in the Cult simply gives it undeserved legitimacy.”

      The person suggests that Smart people can’t think for themselves… You suggest that believers cannot be a rational thinker… I do not judge your ability to be rational… do not judge others.

      Nov 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      Catholic “anything” damn near says it all these days. Worse than the Mormons or JWs. Wiccans even have more sense. Sad situation!

      Nov 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BayAreaHomo
      BayAreaHomo

      You have to love it when apologists for a cult accuse others of not being “free thinking.”

      The Catholic Cukt literally tells its members that if they disagree in any area or deviate from “catechism” when coming up with their own views, they’re expelled. And the leadership is designated as infallible and perfectly correct.

      Both are classic cult phenomena.

      Nov 5, 2012 at 2:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LaTeesha
      LaTeesha

      But the Catholics and other loons shit their pants when the administrator from Galludet was suspended. These right wingers are such frauds.

      Nov 5, 2012 at 3:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • magsmagenta
      magsmagenta

      @BayAreaHomo: Absolutely agree.

      Nov 5, 2012 at 5:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      @Dakotahgeo: That is so untrue. I am involved with many Catholic organizations that are very friendly. They are more at odds with the current Pope then they are with the gay community. Making the assumption that all Catholics are gay bashers is an example of irrationality and lack of the freedom of thought.

      Not all Catholics hate gays anymore than all gays hate Catholics.

      Nov 5, 2012 at 10:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      @BayAreaHomo: Except that those that dissent are not very often dispelled from the church. They are rarely even sanctioned. They can say whatever they want, but it is action that matters. There has been a great deal of dissent to the current policies of Rome across the board, and most leading Catholic theologists in the United States tend to believe that there will very likely be a split between Rome and the American Catholic Church.

      Nov 5, 2012 at 10:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @tdx3fan– Any time, ANY TIME a church denomination refuses to administer Communion or refuses a person’s membership in their “church,” or puts those members in fear of losing their eternal life for not thinking as the church teaches is worse than a cult not loses the very definition of “Christian”! I don’t buy it… I don’t “hate the Catholic church, or the progressive people who are Gatholics. I pity the incalcitrant people who would deny people their basic right to think for themselves!
      Dakotahgeo, M.Div, Pastor/Chaplain

      Nov 5, 2012 at 11:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      Correction:

      @tdx3fan– Any time, ANY TIME a church denomination refuses to administer Communion or refuses a person’s membership in their “church,” or puts those members in fear of losing their eternal life for not thinking as the church teaches is worse than a cult and loses the very definition of “Christian”! I don’t buy it… I don’t “hate” the Catholic church, or the progressive people who are Catholics. I pity the incalcitrant people who would deny people their basic right to think for themselves!
      Dakotahgeo, M.Div, Pastor/Chaplain

      Nov 5, 2012 at 11:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @tdx3fan– “…and most leading Catholic theologists in the United States tend to believe that there will very likely be a split between Rome and the American Catholic Church.”
      —————–
      Errrr, beggin’ yer pardon, but… that “split” has already happened, or we wouldn’t be seeing articles like this. It has already taken place. When the “church” loses its control over the people, the split has taken place!

      Nov 5, 2012 at 11:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BayAreaHomo
      BayAreaHomo

      For the apologists claiming that the cult doesn’t expel members who disagree, read the article.

      And stop pretending that you can give money, time and support to the cult and still be “pro gay.” The money you donate goes towards funding a large part of the anti gay agenda.

      Your “fight from the inside” is futile. The Catholic Cult is not a democracy, it is an autocracy, and pretending that you’re “fighting the good fight” is self-deception that you engage in so as to pretend that your support for the cult isn’t undermining gay people. But it is, and there is no changing that.

      If you donate to or participate in the Catholic hierarchy, you are actively funding and supporting anti-gay causes as well as protecting serial child rapists.

      Think for yourself. Stop leaning on a cult to define yourself.

      Nov 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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