Villanova University recently declared its support for June Pride Month via social media, contrary to its Catholic roots.
Villanova describes itself as a “Catholic Augustinian community of higher education,” and “inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ,” “grounded in the wisdom of the Catholic intellectual tradition and advances a deeper understanding of the relationship between faith and reason.”
The university names itself after St. Thomas of Villanova. It is the oldest Catholic university in Pennsylvania.
The institution posted its Pride Month support on the Villanova Athletics’ Facebook and Twitter accounts on June 22, which reads: “Love is Love. Happy #PrideMonth 🏳️🌈 – We are proud to be an ally of the LGBTQ+ Community.
This goes against the teaching of the Catholic Church which teaches that people with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” but that homosexual acts constitute “grave depravity,” are “intrinsically disordered,” and that “under no circumstances can they be approved.” Instead, “homosexual persons are called to chastity.” (CCC 2357-2359)