GU professor co-founds LGBT support group, draws fire from conservative Catholic group
Catholics for Equality, a not-for-profit group formed in 2010, seeks to foster support for same-sex marriage and other LGBT causes in the Catholic community, specifically targeting students at Catholic colleges and universities.
The surprise? A Georgetown professor helped create the group.
Adjunct professor Joseph Palacios is one of the founding members of Catholics for Equality, and, along with his co-founders, has drawn criticism from the Cardinal Newman Society, a conservative group focused on Catholic higher education.
According to their website, Catholics for Equality “was founded in 2010 to support, educate, and mobilize equality-supporting Catholics to advance LGBT equality at federal, state, and local levels.” The founding board is made up of Catholic university officials and activists from across the country, including DC human rights activist Phil Attey.
In response to the group’s formation, the Cardinal Newman Society has mounted a oppositional campaign. In a letter to President Jack DeGioia, founder Patrick J. Reilly wrote, “Catholics for Equality represents outright rebellion—‘mutiny’ in the words of one of the group’s founders—in opposition to the U.S. bishops and Catholic doctrine.”
There has been no response yet from University officials, but a few strong questions have been raised by this issue: Should University employees be individually held to the same standards of compliance as the University as a whole? Is Catholics for Equality truly in ‘mutiny?’ Does Catholic doctrine actually support LGBT equality?