DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - This fall Catholic colleges will offer classes on sex, gender and Star Trek.
Curricula at Notre Dame, Boston College and Georgetown — the top three Catholic schools as rated by U.S. News & World Report — include "Introduction to Feminism," "The Philosophy of Star Trek," "Seminar of Sexuality: Pornography," "Gender and Sexualities in the Family" and "Sociology of Sexuality."
Secular institutions offer courses on Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and even "Kanye vs. Everybody." At Harvard, for example, students can study "Leaning in, Hooking Up: Visions of Feminism and Femininity in the 21st Century."
A simple search for "sexuality" in Harvard's course catalog yields 295 results.
Professor Walter Williams, who teaches at George Mason University, wrote a response to the "lunacy" of college courses Wednesday, August 24. "That these and other nonsense classes exist may reflect several things. There is the notion of shared educational governance, wherein presidents and boards of trustees have little say-so about what passes for college education," he commented. "The faculty runs the show."
This Thursday marks the 106th anniversary of St. Pius X's "Oath Against Modernism." Directed especially at professors and theologians usurping Catholic teaching, Pope St. Pius X said, "The purpose is not that dogma may be tailored according to what seems better and more suited to the culture of each age; rather, that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the Apostles from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never be understood in any other way."
Saint Pius X may have had a school such as Boston College in mind. This fall students can take a course in "Theological Anthropology," which "explores modern and postmodern theological approaches to the Christian doctrines of creation, sin, and grace."
The course description continues, "The study of each doctrine begins with a brief survey of biblical and classical understandings/controversies, followed by consideration of the critiques and correctives offered by post-liberal, political, and contextual/liberation theologians."
The early 20th-century Pope reminds us in the encyclical to "reject the opinion of those who hold that a professor lecturing or writing on a historico-theological subject should first put aside any preconceived opinion about the supernatural origin of Catholic tradition."