Loyola Marymount University deletes regard for Catholic mission from school’s website
Was policy changed after gay Mormon event was held on campus?
FEBRUARY 3, 2016 @ cal-catholic.com/?p=22395
The following comes from a February 3 Cardinal Neman Society article by Justin Petrisek:
Following inquiries from The Cardinal Newman Society about a recent conference on campus promoting LGBT advocacy, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles deleted language from its website specifying that every group which sought to hold an event at the University would need approval from the administration “to ensure [the group] supports the mission of the university.”
On the weekend of January 16-17, LMU opened its facilities to a group of “LGBTQ/SSA Mormons, their families, friends, and church leaders” for a conference titled “Knit Together in Unity & Love.” The event included several LGBT rights advocates, including a transgender woman, and addressed topics such as “Thriving as a Gay Mormon,” “Learning how to be an effective Ally for LGBT Mormons” and “Supporting and Empowering our LGBT Young People.”
Last month, the Newman Society reached out to the Conference Services department at LMU regarding the approval process for conferences and if the University’s Catholic identity was a factor in the decision making process. University officials redirected the Newman Society to LMU’s spokesman Mason Stockstill, who did not respond to requests for comment.
Soon after the Newman Society’s inquiries, LMU’s Conference Services webpage was edited to remove any reference to the University’s Catholic mission.
A previous statement on the page (see screen grab image) read: “PLEASE NOTE: Each new group who visits our campus must be approved by the university administration to ensure it supports the mission of the university. Please send your Letter of Intent via email or fill out the online Information Request Form.”
But now, no mention of the University’s mission can be found on the page, and the sentence that mentioned support for LMU’s mission was changed to read: “PLEASE NOTE: All events are subject to university approval. Please send your Letter of Intent via email or fill out the online Information Request Form.”