** Santa Clara, Calif, Nov. 04, 2005 (CNA) - [font=Arial][size=2]An official from the Jesuit-run Santa Clara University in California told Catholic News Agency that hosting a two-day long conference, on how to promote opportunities for gays and lesbians at Catholic colleges is “the Catholic” way to act as opposed to highlighting the intrinsic immorality of homosexual acts.[/size][/font]
[font=Arial][size=2]As the Vatican prepares a document reiterating its stance, particularly against homosexuality in seminaries, the aim of the conference entitled “Out There” was to highlight scholarships and student affairs being created to cater specifically to gays and lesbians at Catholic institutions. [/size][/font]
[font=Arial][size=2]The conference brought together representatives from the Universities of Georgetown, Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga, Fordham, DePaul, La Salle, Marquette and Emory, as well as Boston College, and College of the Holy Cross. Out of the plus 40 Catholic universities represented, thirteen were Jesuit institutions like Santa Clara.[/size][/font]
[font=Arial][size=2]Some 150 attendees were invited to choose from workshops like, “Curriculum and Same-Sex Marriage in a Jesuit University” and “Can I Be Gay and Catholic?”[/size][/font]
[font=Arial][size=2]The dean’s office and Santa Clara’s campus ministry helped finance the event, which was organized largely by English professor Linda Garber.