Ateneo Psychology Department has an undergraduate thesis poster exhibit on homosexuality

The Department of Psychology warmly invites the community to view the Psychology Undergraduate Poster Exhibit from February 21 to 24, 2011 at the MVP Basement Lobby. The exhibit showcases the theses of the senior Psychology students in poster format.

We would also like to invite everyone to the Senior Psychology
Research Conference on Thursday, February 24, 4 to 6pm at the Leong Auditorium. In this conference, the five nominees for Best Undergraduate Thesis will present their papers.

An Interpretative Phenomenological Study on the Subjective Experience of The Balikbayan Child by Chester P. Cheng, Danela Lois S. Gil, and Maria Enrily D. Magtanong

Coping and Empowerment Strategies of Female Survivors of Prostitution by Gloria Gail Lim, Nina Lizares, and Irisa Wassmer

Filipino Homosexual Families and the use of Redefinition and Intentionality Strategies for Building and Sustaining Family Networks by Leonora Isabelle Dumlao, Francesca Amalia Gaviola and Denise Suarez

I Kissed A Girl and I Liked It: An Interpretative Phenomenological Study of Filipino Homosexual Men in Mixed Orientation Unions by Paolo Stephen R. Banaga, Leia Erika B. Obias and Joy Albertine Mae G. Valenton

An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experience of Cancer in a Filipino Family by Katrina G. Caballas, Paula Elise SM. Doroteo, and May Anne V. Lee

Monkshobbit’s Notes:
If Ateneo de Manila University does not defend its Catholic traditions against the seige of homosexual propaganda, Ateneo shall become a Catholic-In-Name-Only just like other Jesuit schools like Georgetown and Fordham who caved-in to homosexual ideology. The Dark Ages are at hand.

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

34 Responses to Ateneo Psychology Department has an undergraduate thesis poster exhibit on homosexuality

  1. Just what I have blogged in the past.

  2. whyuhategays? says:

    GAGO KA BA?!

  3. Hi Mr. Sugon! For me it feels like your understanding of Catholicism — or of Christianity — isn’t really the essence of the religion. Showing homosexual posters by undergraduate students is not only an academic responsibility to be upheld by the university, but also a Catholic responsibility. Just to be consistent with Roman Catholic Doctrine, it is not the homosexuals — or their expression of homosexuality — that the Church condemns, but the homosexual act. So this move to be open and to understand them, as persons (as what the theses are most likely about), is a very consistent with Catholic Teaching. :)

    I’m a devout Catholic, AND I sincerely and wholeheartedly support this freedom of expression.

    Pretty sure the Dark Ages aren’t at hand; more an enlightenment. :)

    God bless!

  4. *is very consistent with Catholic Teaching.

  5. I hope you approve the comments. The discourse will help. :D :) Thanks!

  6. agvu says:

    I believe that this is not homosexual propaganda. This is having an open and understanding mind. Jesus called us to love one another, even sinners and people who have seemingly done wrong.

    Let the one without sin cast the first stone, eh?

  7. Ngur Ngur says:

    Seriously people? Grow up! Can you please stop acting like the Pharisees and Scribes! Pinoy Catholic and Monk’s Hobbit, please, stop being narrow minded! Stop proclaiming that you guys are Catholics, if you think like that!

  8. For Learning's Sake says:

    The times are changing indeed, but they’re only dark if you keep your mind closed to the realities of this world.

    Homophobe.

  9. RR Raneses says:

    i beg to disagree, dr. sugon. i don’t think an academic pursuit like this compromises the Catholic identity of the Ateneo as an institution. i think that Catholics can learn from Voltaire in matters like this: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

  10. Keoland says:

    I try not to discriminate but in all honesty and actuality, the growing number of people who do not believe in God anymore is one of the main factors resulting to this. Homosexuality is a creeping spiritual, emotional and mental disease and I do not see something totally wrong having the right to become accepted and normal. I think the same situation already crept in the laws of other countries particularly in the US and disappointingly the Anglican Church in England. We need God more than ever with how the wrong things gradually being accepted as right and normal nowadays. I pity those people who are in it and those who accept it because they need to see that God really exists and He is everywhere working in mysterious ways.

  11. John 8:7 says:

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  12. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    John and Arvu,

    “Let the one without sin cast the first stone” (c.f. Jn 8:7) These are the words of Christ in response to the Pharisees who wish to implement the law of Moses on the woman caught in adultery as prescribed in Leviticus:

    “If a man commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.” (Lv 20:10)

    If one reads the next verses, one finds the punishment against homosexual acts is also death:

    “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives.” (Lv 20:13)

    When Jesus says, “Let he who is not without sin cast the first stone,” this does not mean that Jesus approves of the sin, but rather he wants to give the sinner a chance to change his life, for death by stoning would not give her a chance for contrition and reparation. As Jesus said to the woman:

    “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.” (Jn 8:11)

    Notice that Jesus did not say, “I love you as you are. Go and keep on sinning.” Since both adultery and homosexual acts are both punishable by death and Jesus has given a chance for a new life to the woman caught in adultery, then it follows that Jesus would also wish to give a chance for a new life to those caught in homosexual acts. That is, they must not anymore commit adultery and homosexual acts.

  13. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Kenneth,

    The essence of religion is described by St. Ignatius in his Principle and Foundation:

    “The human person is created to praise, reverence, and serve God Our Lord, and by doing so, to save his or her soul. All other things on the face of the earth are created for human beings in order to help them pursue the end for which they are created.”

    Making an undergraduate thesis research on homosexuality solely for the purpose of doing research and not to save his or her soul is not the essence of religion. As faithful Catholics, we really need to study and obey what the Catholic Church teaches. Concerning homosexuality, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

    2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

    2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    2359 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.

    You have to define “expression of homosexuality” as distinct from “homosexual acts”, before I can comment on this phrase.

  14. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Kenneth,

    Freedom of expression is not an absolute right. Christ said:

    “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Mt 12:36-37)

  15. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    For Learning’s Sake,

    The realities of this world are ephemeral, but the truths of the Gospel remains. Christ said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Mk 13:31)

    Our minds should be illumined by the eyes of Faith. Without Faith, our reason darkens. Christ said:

    “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.” (Mt 6:22-23)

  16. albert says:

    First of all, what is the catholic churches current stand on homosexuals? Because according to Pope Benedict and late Pope JP2, homosexuals should be accepted with understanding, sensitivity and empathy. And though they both denounce the practice of homosexuality, they also denounce the violence against homosexuals, in speech and action. What you are proposing is a total ostracization of all academic pursuits into homosexuality, which the catholic church has given no stance on.

    If the purpose of these theses is study homosexuality and to give perspective on homosexuals, is it then unfair to jump to conclusions to say that by studying them, they are condoning the practice of homosexuality. Rather, are they not giving support to the call of the pope to give understanding to homosexuals? Have you even read either of the theses? You then are basically doing exactly what the church condemns, that is making an ignorant conclusion

    p.s. The dark ages was a period caused by the churches rule over most of greater europe. It was a period where science was condemned , and people were literally killed for the pursuit of knowledge outside the realm that the church allowed. Also, it was time were millions were killed in the name of god, because it was so declared by the church. So to say that the further study of something that gives greater understanding of the whole of humanity will bring the dark ages becomes very ironic. Also, by using a reference that contradicts the very meaning of your post is really foolish and ignorant. Just saying.

  17. Erika Obias says:

    Mr. Sugon,

    First of all, I just want to say that your blog post has upset me considerably, so I hope you can forgive me if the rest of my comment sounds too harsh.

    With that out of the way, I would just like to point out that there is an error in the title of your post. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and attribute this to a simple misunderstanding.

    As seen in the text below your post’s title, the Psychology Department is having a thesis poster exhibit that “showcases the theses of the senior Psychology students in poster format.” In case you weren’t aware, not all of the senior Psychology students did research on homosexuality. There are a variety of other theses touching on a wide range of topics such as love, teaching, and even telenovelas. Therefore, the Ateneo Psychology Department is not having an undergraduate thesis poster exhibit on homosexuality. It is, however, showing all of the Psychology undergraduate theses in poster form, a few of which, yes, are about homosexuality.

    It is possible that you have made this mistake due to the rest of the statement, which lists the five nominees for Best Undergraduate Thesis. However, I do not see how you could have jumped to that conclusion, considering that you yourself have highlighted the only two out of those five theses that are regarding homosexuality. I hope that you titled your blog post that way due to a misunderstanding, and not out of a desire to create controversy and to further your cause.

    Next, I would like to discuss your note at the end of the blog post, wherein you implied that my group’s thesis (I Kissed A Girl and I Liked It: An Interpretative Phenomenological Study of Filipino Homosexual Men in Mixed-Orientation Unions) was homosexual propaganda.

    This is what angered me (along with my groupmates, other Psychology majors, and possibly whoever else had unfortunately stumbled upon your blog post) the most. You have made assumptions without first getting the facts. Who are you to say that about our thesis when you haven’t even read or watched a presentation about it? My anger at your statement makes me want to agree with one of the comments above. Your reaction to the word “homosexual” in the above theses does make you seem like a homophobe. I might not be Catholic and have verses from the bible at hand to strengthen my point, but I’m sure that there must be something there that tells you not to discriminate against anyone, homosexuals included.

    I would like to personally invite you to watch my group’s presentation this Thursday, from 4 – 6pm at the Leong Auditorium. I can only hope that you keep your mind open and discover that our thesis is not pushing homosexual propaganda. We did an in-depth study on Filipino homosexual men who are in mixed-orientation unions. This means that all of the participants of our study are either married or in long-term relationships with heterosexual women. According to one of the bible quotes you posted in the comments above, that is what you want, isn’t it?

    I just want to end this extremely lengthy comment with a thank you for (hopefully) taking the time to read it and for opening my eyes to the reality that people with your opinions still exist.

  18. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Erika,

    Thank you for your letter. Sorry, I could not find a better title to my blog post that fits 13 words (maximum number of words in a standard thesis title). I hope my highlighting of the pertinent research titles clarifies my intention.

    A good thesis title allows the reader to sketch the outline of the thesis and its research methodology. And basing from your poster exhibits in the basement of MVP building which I read, your titles indeed capture the essence of research. Sorry, I cannot come to your thesis defense because I have a 430-600 pm class TTh. But you can drop your thesis in Manila Observatory or in my mailbox at the Physics Dept. I shall read it and send you my comments before Thursday.

    Your research is not just an isolated research. You have to think beyond the confines of the Psychology Department and of Ateneo de Manila University and look at your thesis within the context of the global struggle between two opposing forces (you can read on St. Ignatius Meditation on Two Standards). One force (Catholic Church) thinks that homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity, intrinsically disordered, and under no condition can they be approved. The other force (Homosexual Lobby) thinks that homosexual acts are normal acts, good for the society, and must be protected by law. You have to cast your bet on either one. As Aragorn said, to waver is to fall.

    To help you decide on your choice, consider the following questions:

    1. Should the State allow homosexual couples to get married with all benefits of heterosexual couples?
    2. Should the State allow homosexual couples to adopt children?
    3. How does your thesis help you answer Questions 1 and 2?

    Your answer to these questions you will carry with you for the rest of your life (unless you change them) and you will find yourself influencing others’ views, especially when you are in a position of authority (i.e. teacher or lawmaker). So think carefully. Two roads diverge on a yellow wood and you cannot travel both.

    P.S. Discrimination is originally a good word. Until the 17th century, discrimination is “the cognitive and sensory capacity or ability to see fine distinctions and perceive differences between objects, subjects, concepts and patterns, or possess exceptional development of the senses.” (Wikipedia) A bird who can discriminate a worm from the ground gets a breakfast. A lion who can discriminate a zebra from another gets a meal. And a man who can discriminate a wheat from the chaff has new seeds to plant.

  19. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Albert,

    The Catholic Church’s stand on homosexuality is stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church articles 2357-2359 which I quoted before. The articles are clear for anyone who reads them.

    The students are in a Catholic University and it is still within my duties as a teacher to remind the students about the truths of the Catholic Faith. If the students have not read the Catechism regarding homosexuality (which I can guess from their thesis titles), then they engage on a research on homosexuality at their peril. Whatever they hear from their interviews and whatever they read from journals would influence their thoughts and before they knew it, their thoughts are not anymore that of the Church. The students would well keep in mind the words of the school’s patron saint, St. Ignatius of Loyola on how to Think, Judge, and Feel with the Church:

    Rule 13. To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What I see as white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, his Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls. For it is by the same Spirit and Lord of ours who gave the ten commandments that our holy Mother Church is guided and governed. (http://www.saint-mike.org/library/rule/excerpts/rules_orthodoxy.html)

    Students in psychology may well heed the guidance of the Catholic Church whose psychological research data covers 2000 years and billions of souls. The Church has studied all kinds of sins and all kinds of virtues. As Chesterton said, no other institution has been thinking about thinking like the Catholic Church.

    The definition and appropriateness of the term Dark Ages is debated by historians. In this blog, I take the definition of the Dark Ages as the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century and its invasion by the barbarian tribes. The only refuge of learning left are the monasteries. And it is due to the labor the Catholic missionaries and bishops that these barbarians became Christians.

    And today, society is again about to collapse due to threats against the family from womb to tomb by Planned Parenthood and the Homosexual Lobby. The New Dark Ages are at hand, and this requires a new evangelization.

  20. Dex Flex says:

    Fuck you, you ignorant catholic hic, I hope you burn for your narrow-minded judgments. The fact that you condemn the department for showcasing psychological studies on homosexuality as propaganda clearly highlights your disposition on this issue and thus arguing with you is clearly arguing with a rock. Words are basically useless rendering any conversation with you moot. What I do hope is for you to take of your kid goggles, wipe that smug “I’m-a-good-Christian-and-gays-are-evil” look off your face. People like you are the reason other religions look down on us. For shame sir, for shame.

  21. Arvin says:

    Is that satire you’re showcasing, Dex Flex? Otherwise, you’re lacking some thinking skills. Go get some to clear your ignorance. But if you’re not ignorant as I think, then this post must have some psychological effect to you? And that psychological effect will only have sense if you’re a homo.

  22. ais says:

    Please. Everybody is entitled to their opinions however medieval and bigoted they are. Am I right, Mr. Surgon?

  23. Arvin says:

    But ais my friend, there are opinions that if you say carelessly, you should shoot yourself. For example: My opinion is that, sun’s color is blue. Now that’s my opinion so you must respect that.

  24. Matt Quiros says:

    Actually, mister, there’s no need for you to snivel about this thesis conference with all that Roman Catholic yakkety-yak that you just blurted out. You speak of the Dark Ages being at hand because of this supposed advance of the homosexual movement (which it isn’t, unlike what you stubbornly claim it to be, and I should hereinafter prove), but in fact, I think students like me should be alarmed that a professor such as you do not seem to know the following things and bring about the very same Dark Ages that you, ironically, fear:

    1. The Ateneo will NEVER close its doors to any form of discourse, academic research, and student support for any social issue that may fall under your imagined category of being un-Catholic primarily because of the kind of education it provides and has ALWAYS provided: liberal. The Ateneo blatantly boasts of its liberal arts program in ACET booklets distributed to the public every year and in the Ateneo website. Its aim is to foster rational and intellectual thought by allowing its students to study various schools of thought, no matter how radical, and is one of the biggest foundations upon which the good quality of the Ateneo education relies. It is true that as a Catholic university, its objective is to make good Catholics out of their (Catholic) students, but as a higher education institution, it does not put itself in a position to impose its values and advocacies on its students, or restrict them to perform academic research on social phenomena that the Church finds immoral no matter how REAL. The concerned researches are, therefore, merely a result of this kind of education, and they are good results. I don’t know what “Catholic education” meant in the 17th century, and I’d be very delighted if you could provide sample sentences on its usage in relation to lions, worms, and zebras, but the Ateneo doesn’t seem to co-relate it to closed-mindedness as you seem to be implying.

    2. The Ateneo actually IS defending and HAS ALWAYS defended its Catholic traditions against the seige of the homosexual propaganda, and the pre-marital sex and the mastubation propagandas. I don’t know how you forgot that we have TH 121, 131, 141, and 151 in our programs of study, and that in these classes we are being taught about the Catholic perspective on various, timely moral issues. You may find it to your liking that in Father Dacanay’s class, I learned and understood why the Church is against homosexuality, but we wrestled with the issue by taking even the perspectives of skepticism. I don’t understand why you seem to have a problem only with the mere presence of these alternative perspectives. What exactly do you want to happen?

    By your way of citing Bible passages and Catholic encyclicals to support your stand against these student researches, I’m afraid I’m getting the impression that your idea of religion is just a list of do’s and dont’s. I’d like to break that illusion for you by pointing out what I learned from Dra. Clamor’s TH 151 class: that what makes one a member of the Church is not agreeing to everything that the Church stands for. A person becomes a member of the Church, whether he or she is conscious or not, as long as that person shares the spirit of Jesus Christ. And that’s why we have theology professors who believe that Catholics can support the RH bill in good conscience. Religion, instead of a penal code, is more like a discourse, an exchange and wrestling of views, an actively flowing stream of consciousness. Believe it or not, my TH 121 professor supported gay marriage. His stand was that though the Church disapproves homosexual acts, gay couples will choose to live together anyway. Why not let them live together in the spirit of Christ’s love?

    I wish you all the best in your teaching, since you are in a great position to influence your students. I will try to find comfort in the fact that you teach Physics. May the Lord bless you with wisdom and help you become a better person.

    I am a proud agnostic.

  25. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Matt Quiros,

    There is a distinction between liberal education and liberal Faith. Liberal education of Ateneo simply means that students become well rounded individuals: they study languages, humanities, arts, and sciences, regardless of their chosen course. The core curriculum is the essence of Ateneo’s liberal education.

    On the other hand, to have a liberal Faith is antithesis of being Catholic. To be liberal in Faith is to choose only the doctrines and teachings that you feel like obeying and discard the rest. Pope Benedict XVI calls this the Cafeteria Catholicism. The words of Dr. Clamor are only partly true. There are things in Catholicism that if one does not believe them, you do not cease to be Catholic. An example would be some Marian apparitions and other private revelations to the saints. But there are things called dogmas that are non-negotiables: if you don’t believe them, you cease to be Catholic. You become a heretic. An example would be the Dogma of the Trinity.

    Membership in the Church is not a subjective feeling or being conscious about it. If you are baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, you become the member of the Catholic Church. Outside the Church there is no salvation. If you are cut off from the Church, you wither and die, because the Church is the Body of Christ (c.f parable of the vine and branches).

    One cannot support the Reproductive Health Bill in good conscience, because a good conscience is formed by obedience to the teachings of the Church. Support for the Reproductive Health Bill can only be a result of malformed conscience. Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae has explicitly condemned the use of contraceptives in married life as instrinsically wrong. Your Th 121 can have his/her opinions on what should the Catholic Church do regarding homosexual couples, but he does not have the Magisterium (Teaching Authority) of Bishops and Popes. Your teacher can say his opinions and we can debate forever. But when the Pope speaks ex Cathedra as successor of Peter, the case is closed.

    In the time of Jose Rizal, to be an Atenean is to have a liberal education. Jose Rizal studied Latin and Greek and learned the arts and sciences. A true Atenean is a devotee of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jose Rizal carved the Statue of the Sacred Heart in wood with a penknife. A true Atenean is a devotee of Our Lady. Jose Rizal prays the rosary. This is the reason why the Ateneo Basketball Team was once known as the Hail Mary Squad because they always pray the rosary before each game. And this is also why we sing our Alma Mater Song:

    “Mary for you! For your white and blue! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!”

    As an agnostic, you have to be careful when you sing this song. Mama Mary can convert even the most hardened sinners. The Campus Ministry in Ateneo never cease to give the Miraculous Medal every year. It is not called Miraculous Medal for nothing. If you receive that medal and pray a Hail Mary a day devoutly for a month, you will be converted. If you are incredulous, try it.

    When Rizal gone astray into masonry, did his Jesuit teachers approve of his views? No. This led to the series of letters between Rizal and Fr. Pastells, SJ. Rizal’s physics teacher, Fr. Federico Faura, SJ, the man who first forcasted Philippine storms, rebuked Rizal for his insolence. But when Rizal was shown the statue of the Sacred Heart that He carved in his youth, Rizal converted. Fr. Faura heard his confession and he died in Luneta as a true Atenean and Catholic.

  26. cesarsalad says:

    Hello Mr. Sugon, thanks for the clear explanation of issues, may you blog lead others to Jesus.

    God bless you.

  27. mickey says:

    I agree with you Dr Sugon. As a student of UP Diliman and faithful Catholic these made me think what kind of Catholicism that Jesuits are propagating. Honestly speaking I can say that if you wanted the best Catholic education a good advise for parents is to go somewhere else.
    I am hoping that there would be a Cardinal Newman Society here in the Philippines in the near future

  28. Matt Quiros says:

    I appreciate your discussion on liberal education vs. liberal faith but I’m afraid that it is not at all relevant to why your blog entry fueled so much aggression from the concerned readers. This is not a theological debate. I’d like to believe that the main issue here is: Are you saying that just because Ateneo is a Catholic university, academic studies concerning homosexuality cannot be conducted since it is against the teachings of the Catholic Church? And secondly, your post seems to imply a very careless and impulsive conclusion that these undergrad studies are advances of the homosexual propaganda when, in fact, if you’ve read “I Kissed A Girl”, it is actually a very objective student research and does not even take a stand on the homosexual issue. Now, you said that the research is not isolated because it is involved in a global struggle between two opposing sides, but isn’t it that whether people will take one side or the other is already outside the scope of the study, even for the other one you highlighted? In fact, “I Kissed a Girl” doesn’t even seem to be about the Catholic Church’s problem with homosexuality because it’s about heterosexual marriages. You might be overreacting here.

    So these studies are happening in the Ateneo. Is that a bad thing? I think that’s what you need to expound on. If anything, studies such as these should in fact help people better arrive at informed decisions, and even deepen a Catholic’s understanding of the bigger moral dilemma. And again, I’d like to emphasize that the Ateneo does not lack in defending its Catholic stance in the issues because, although some theo teachers may disagree as I have said, we’re all being taught the same thing in TH131: that pre-marital sex is wrong, that masturbation is wrong, and that homosexual acts are evul. As a university, I think this is the best and the only thing that Ateneo can do–to teach the Catholic teachings. They can’t control what the students want to believe, if that’s what you’re looking for.

    As for you, Mickey of UP Diliman, it’ll be very disappointing if this blog post alone gets you thinking what kind of a Catholic education the Jesuits are propagating without even experiencing the entire Ateneo curriculum. For the record, the Ateneo provides the best Catholic education in the Philippines according to the THES-QS World University Rankings. Just saying.

  29. whyuhategays? says:

    Hi, gays are people,too. STOP JUDGING THEM.

  30. Arvin says:

    But we non-gays are people too. And we don’t judge them. We’re trying to help them to change for the better and release them from the so called gayness psychological disorder.

  31. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Erika and Matt,

    After a long reflection and prayer, I think you both are right: I have been hasty in my judgment without reading the entire works. I am sorry. I did not heed Treebeard’s motto: “Do not be hasty.” Until now I have not yet received a copy of one of the thesis, though I am not anymore expecting that I shall receive such a copy.

    But here is one principle I believe in: “A scholarly work or a feature article on homosexual acts and lifestyle that is not guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church ends up being used by the homosexual lobby in its propaganda for the legalization and acceptance of homosexual behavior as normal.” If you want an example of such a work or feature article, read the Feb-Mar 2011 issue of the Guidon.

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  33. pinoyleonardo says:

    I was trying to understand this issue as an outsider. Reading initially on the post, I did not see anything wrong. Neither could I judge on the said thesis as I have not read its content.

    I agree with Kenneth’s words that there is a distinction from the act and the person.

    I admire your humility to apolgize.

    I am curious about this thesis title because it seems to demonstrate a homosexual getting into a heterosexual relationship. I’ve previously participated in conferences regarding the topic homosexuality sponsored by Courage (Catholic support group) and have opened my eyes on homosexuality, Church’s teaching and how much work needs to done in this area as far as the Church is concerned.

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