bishop said Wednesday that he will not set foot on a local
Catholic university's campus because it invited a gay
speaker to talk about LGBT issues and rights.
Author and speaker
Keith Boykin visited Misericordia University in February for a
program held by the school's Diversity Institute, according
Scranton Times Leader
. The day before he appeared, Bishop Joseph Martino of the
Diocese of Scranton issued a statement, saying that
Boykin's stance on marriage equality is "disturbingly
opposed to Catholic teaching."
appearance at Misericordia University is not meant to be a
forum for advocacy on any singular issue," the school said
in a statement. "Misericordia University is committed
deeply to its Catholic mission. Inseparable from that mission
is our identity as an academic institution where ideas and
positions are explored critically and freely."
Martino has demanded
that Misericordia shut down its multicultural center because it
hosted Boykin's February 17 visit. In response,
Misericordia asked to meet with the bishop privately to discuss
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