An anonymous note was posted to the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies’ board in Donnarumma Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Faculty members are concerned about its impact on the LGBTQ+ community.

The handwritten note said, “This is a Catholic University. You are teaching doctrine that goes against the Bible and God’s design for mankind. Shame.” The writer has yet to be identified.

The above image was shared to The Rearview anonymously.

Vice President of Marketing and Communications Jennifer Anderson says that the University “promptly responded and removed the note.”

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) reviewed footage of the incident as part of the University’s standard process, Anderson further relays. She additionally states there is “reason to believe that the person responsible for posting the note is not a member of our campus community.”

Faculty members are discussing intentions of the note and the effect it may have on the LGBTQ+ community on campus.

“It struck me as an uninformed opinion– one that assumed there was no room in the Catholic church or its teachings for same-sex love,” remarks Dr. Elizabeth Petrino. “In fact, the Pope himself has condemned laws that criminalize homosexuality and counseled tenderness among those, such as bishops and priests, who work with people from the LBGTQ community.”

Looking forward, Dr. Petrino shares hopes that “in the near future the WGSS Program can sponsor an event or post information that can bring the views of the Church on gay and lesbian life in conversation with our campus community.”

“Anti-queer messaging on college campuses can escalate,” says Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Dr. Tiffany Wilgar. “Let’s take care of each other and do what we can to enjoy the second half of LGBT History Month.”

Academic administrators are in contact with faculty members who have expressed concerns about the incident, according to Anderson.

The Rearview will continue to update this story as it develops.


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