Archbishop John Myers of Newark, N.J. is correct in pursuing his authority to prevent Seton Hall University -- which is under his diocese -- from offering a course planned for September 2010, on same-sex "marriage."
Seton Hall -- as is the case with all Catholic colleges and universities -- must abide by the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. In His teachings, Christ was opposed to same-sex "marriage," and so is the Catholic Church today.
For Seton Hall to even recognize the institution of same-sex "marriage" -- let alone offer a course in it -- unequivocally violates Catholic Christian doctrine. As we all know, the Christian interpretation of marriage is the union of one man and one woman, not two men or two women.
To argue that Seton Hall is being denied "academic freedom" because it is not allowed to teach a same-sex "marriage" course really has no validity. The fact that Seton Hall is a Catholic university indicates Catholic Christian values must transcend immoral fads and anti-Christian institutions.
In his statement on April 30, 2010, Archbishop Myers noted that as "shepherd" of the Newark diocese, he is ..."responsible for ensuring authentic and orthodox Catholic teaching in all educational institutions and parishes." In other words, Archbishop Myers has the authority -- in fact, he has the duty -- to prevent Seton Hall University from teaching a same-sex "marriage" course, since teaching such a course would be a violation of Catholic Christian teaching.