Catholic universities are struggling with how to strike the balance of academic freedom and religous teachings. Which makes holding a Queer Film Festival or a production of The Vagina Monologues, something most liberal arts colleges take for granted, quite a thorny issue.
The New York Times reports on this Bareback brouhaha erupting at Notre Dame, the 85% Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana.
In the last three to four years, the university has received "scores of complaints" about the play and the film festival, said Dennis K. Brown, a spokesman. This year, the Queer Film Festival changed its name to Gay and Lesbian Film: Filmmakers, Narratives, Spectatorships. Mr. Brown said Father Jenkins did not call for the change. Liam Dacey, a recent graduate who founded the festival three years ago, said the university insisted because the old title was deemed celebratory of homosexuality.