Another Catholic school embroiled in battle over Church teaching on sexuality
Description: Another controversy has erupted at a Catholic school after students and parents reacted with outrage to Church teaching on sexuality as presented at a school assembly. Father Francis “Rocky” Hoffman spoke to students at The Prout School in Wakefield, Rhode Island. During the course of his talk, he apparently made comments critical of homosexuality and divorce that some students found offensive. This follows a case with Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation she made to a group of Catholic students in North Carolina. She has been doing the same type of presentation for years. Her subject matter is Catholic teaching on the truth about human sexuality-popularized by Pope John Paul II as the “Theology of the Body.” We talk to Dan Matson who lives chastely with same-sex attraction and does similar presentations regularly.
Roman Catholic, living with a homosexual inclination and committed to chastity. He does not identify as “gay.” Rather, he says “I live with same-sex attraction.” He refuses to identify as gay because the label “gay” does not accurately describe who (or what) he is. More fundamentally, he refuses to use that label because he desires to be faithful to the theological anthropology of the Church. Dan joins us today.
At age nine, he stood only feet away from John Paul II when he was shot on May 13, 1981
Description: A few minutes after shaking the hand of the Pope, nine-year-old David DePerro heard firecrackers—an odd sound. But they weren’t firecrackers—they were gunshots, and the white open car carrying John Paul II rushed past the shocked and confused young boy. Sunday, John Paul II was canonized on “Divine Mercy Sunday.” David is here to tell his story and look at the relevance of Divine Mercy Sunday.