Annual drag shows — where individuals dress up and perform as the opposite sex — have become a consistent presence on several Catholic college campuses, punctuating the spring semester with scandal and disregard for Church teaching on human sexuality. Despite the Holy Father’s repeated warnings against gender ideology, and in one university’s case, censure from the Vatican’s Congregation for Education, Catholic colleges continue to harm students and their Catholic mission with these outrageous events.
Just this past week, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, in which he notably called gender ideology a “challenge” and “a source of concern”:
Yet another challenge is posed by the various forms of an ideology of gender that “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family. This ideology leads to educational programs and legislative enactments that promote a personal identity and emotional intimacy radically separated from the biological difference between male and female. Consequently, human identity becomes the choice of the individual, one which can also change over time.”
“It is a source of concern that some ideologies of this sort, which seek to respond to what are at times understandable aspirations, manage to assert themselves as absolute and unquestionable, even dictating how children should be raised,” the Holy Father stated. “It needs to be emphasized that ‘biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated.’”
DePaul University, the University of San Diego, Seattle University and Gonzaga University have hosted or will host drag shows during the month of April. These annual events are promoted and approved by the administration, and they are put on by officially recognized student organizations. In several cases, “professional” drag performers from the surrounding area are brought in to host and perform in the shows.
By condoning and promoting drag shows, Catholic colleges lead students to celebrate and endorse the separation of biological sex and gender. The events often have a component of affirming gender ideology as a means to promote “inclusion.”
Father James Schall, S.J., a Jesuit professor at Georgetown University, told The Cardinal Newman Society that such events cannot be justified as genuine “care” for students.- See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4837/Scandal-More-%E2%80%98Drag-Shows%E2%80%99-at-Catholic-Colleges.aspx#sthash.Zcxrdis4.dpuf