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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A lesbian play is scheduled to be performed on the campus of at least two Catholic colleges in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The play, titled "Stop Kiss," has been reported as a story of "furtive lesbian romance" that "chronicles the sexual awakening of two appealing young women as they tiptoe around mutual desire."
Saint Norbert College, in De Pere, Wisconsin, will host a production of the play in November. In the spring, the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota is also planning to offer the play.
The main characters, Sara and Callie, are "in stages of disentangling themselves from heterosexual relationships." This leads to the formation of a lesbian relationship between them where they "unexpectedly fall in love."
According to St. Norbert's description of the event, "Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. Mature audiences only; adult language and situations."
Throughout the play, profane language is used, with sexual innuendo and themes being frequently employed. In the climactic scene, the main female characters kiss, which seals their relationship as lovers. Another defining feature of the play is the violence perpetrated against both women after a man witnesses their kiss, which is used to arouse concern for the main characters.
According to one review, "It is a sweet tale of self-and-mutual-discovery, its dialogue flippant and unpretentious, until it is suddenly anchored in place by that disruptive act of violence."
Concerning violence and discrimination against homosexuals, the Catholic Catechism states that homosexuals "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided." However, the Church reiterates in the Catechism that "tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law."
The Church calls all persons to chastity and self-control, including homosexuals. The Catechism states, "Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection."
In the past, St. Norbert's college has hosted radical feminist and pro-abortion activist Gloria Steinem, where she criticized Church teaching on abortion and contraception. In addition, St. John's abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, which is affiliated with the college, released the personal files of 18 monks who were accused of sexually abusing children.