A new video released by the University of Notre Dame, one of the most venerable Catholic institutions in the country, states that the teachings of the Catholic Church and practicing homosexuals can offer each other “mutual respect … grounded in Catholic tradition.”
The video is part of a larger public awareness project that aims to ensure “equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.”
The video, released May 2, almost gives off a recruitment vibe. Its timing coincides with a major debate on the campus over the college’s stance on and support of homosexuality.
What’s more, during this 2013-14 school year at Notre Dame, PrismND, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning student group was established on campus. This gay-straight alliance hosted “National Coming Out Day” observances and lectures, and the university also established a pastoral plan called “Beloved Friends and Allies: A Pastoral Plan for the Support and Holistic Development of GLBTQ and Heterosexual Students at the University of Notre Dame.”