The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is promoting and inviting young students at the school and the public to enjoy watching a live play with five women in the 1950s celebrating homosexuality and to attend the lesbian-oriented play called “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” sponsored by the university. The play is billed as a comedy which originally was shown in New York, Chicago, and other large cities to the acclaim of the liberal press in 2012. The play makes light of the five women’s affirmation and coming out as lesbians.
UIW advertises the school as the largest Catholic university in Texas and the fourth-largest private university in the state founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. This production according to the ad on the university’s website “is not suitable for those under the age of 14”.
While we have not seen the play which is currently being shown in San Antonio, we will be reviewing the performance and offer a second and perhaps a series of articles on the promotion of homosexuality in the schools, universities, and “allied” organizations in San Antonio.
The lesbian performance at the University of the Incarnate Word is additional evidence of the history in colleges and universities in San Antonio promoting the agenda of the homosexual movement, succumbing to the liberal, decadent influences that have overwhelmed our culture.
On October 11, 2014, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), another Catholic institution, hosted an LGBTQQIA Safe Zone Training Program workshop at OLLU. LGBTQQIA stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Ally”. An earlier workshop with the same agenda had already been presented and sponsored by the school’s department of “Mission and Ministry”.
Part of the program included a session wherein “Stories of Coming Out” were shared by a panel of speakers. Another session addressed “Spirituality and LGBTQQIA! Is God gay?” A letter was sent to the then president of the university, Sr. Jane Ann Slater, who is currently the chancellor of the archdiocese of San Antonio. Letters were also sent to the local Archbishop and the Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio in Washington, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who serves as the Pope’s “ambassador” to the Catholic dioceses in the U.S.
The letter to the Archbishops and Sr. Slater expressed the serious concern of a group of Catholics in the archdiocese addressing the workshop program and handout materials. It was obvious the program had less to do with prejudice and protection of civil rights and more about promoting the homosexual movement’s agenda. The speakers at the workshop presented an erroneous view of human sexuality, opposing the moral doctrines of the (Catholic) Church, directly violating the Catholic mission of the school. The program was deceptive and distortions of sacred scripture alone should have prevented this workshop from being facilitated and promoted at a Catholic institution to unsuspecting Catholic students and counselors.
Dr Jane Grovijahn who co-authored the resource manual wrote an examen of biblical verses addressing sexual behavior. She informed her students that in Genesis 19 the sin of Sodom “is not about homosexuality” but of “rape and violation of hospitality”. Romans 1:26-27, according to Grovijahn, is “condemning idolatry” and Paul found offensive “priests and priestesses engaged in some sexual behaviors … including castrating themselves, carrying on drunken orgies, and … sex with young temple prostitutes.”
One may ask Grovijahn about the scriptural passage in Romans where Paul describes what “dishonorable passions” clearly meant: “Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their persons the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:27)
Grovijahn also distorts Catholic catechetical teaching by airbrushing what the Church has always taught about homosexuality and homosexual acts. According to Grovijahn, ” sexual orientation is intrinsic to a person”. This is clearly misleading. Each person is created as male or female “in the image of God.” (Gen. 1:27) Alfred Kinsey’s heterosexual-homosexual rating scale to identify a person’s sexual orientation has not been accepted in the canons of the bible nor will it ever be.
Grovijahn asserts that the Catholic Church teaches that “all persons are called to ‘acknowledge and accept’ our sexual identities as integral aspects of the human vocation to love.” This is not so if a person is struggling – often times during the “questioning” and passing phase from adolescence to adulthood – with a disordered attraction to persons of the same sex. Our identity is fixed at birth. Paul affirms in his letter to Timothy that the (divine) law “is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane” and for one class of offenders he describes as “sodomites”.(1Tim.1:10)
Do Jane Grovijahn and the authorities at the university who allow the corruption of young minds understand Jesus’ grave warning in Matthew 18:6?
“[B]ut whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Action was requested to stop the workshop but the only reply came in the form of a letter by Sr. Jane Slater to inform concerned Catholics that the workshop would be held as planned.
Please keep the administrators and the students at the University of the Incarnate Word and the University of Our Lady of the Lake in your prayers. We encourage all alumni and benefactors of the UIW and OLLU to write school administrators to stop promoting courses, programs, events, performances that directly oppose the mission of the school, especially guided by the teaching office of Pope John Paul II as published in an authoritative letter (1990) to Catholic universities. This letter informed university authorities that “Catholic teaching and discipline are to influence all university activities, while the freedom of conscience of each person is to be fully respected. Any official action or commitment of the University is to be in accord with its Catholic identity.”
We’ll be writing more about this subject soon.