Providence College, a Roman Catholic school in Rhode Island, has
rescheduled a lecture on gay marriage by Dr. John Corvino, also known
as the “Gay Moralist.”
Hugh F. Lena, the provost and senior vice president of Providence
College, canceled the lecture on Saturday, telling The New York
Times that he uninvited Corvino because the event largely focused
on only one side of a controversial issue.
On Thursday, Lena announced that the event was back on.
“The Administration's decision to cancel the event had nothing
to do with Dr. Corvino,” Lena
wrote. “We were concerned, rather, that the event had strayed
from what had originally been proposed – a presentation of
philosophical and legal arguments in support of same-sex marriage by
Dr. Corvino opposite a presentation of opposing arguments by a
similar person of national repute.”
“As most of you know, Dr. Dana Dillon, a highly respected and
accomplished member of our Theology Department, was asked at the last
minute to participate in the event. She graciously agreed to do so.
However, the Administration felt that it was unfair to ask Dr.
Dillon, a theologian, to debate opposite someone who would be
presenting philosophical and legal arguments, not theological ones.
Just as our cancellation of the original event had nothing to do with
Dr. Corvino, neither did we mean to imply that Dr. Dillon was
incapable of debating the issue. I apologize to Dr. Dillon if our
intent was not clear or was misinterpreted in any way. Along those
same lines, I also want to apologize to Dr. Christopher Arroyo who
was instrumental in working to organize the event and who continues
to be engaged in its rescheduling. In hindsight, we should have
announced that the September 26 event was merely being postponed, not
canceled, until we could be sure that it went forward in the format
in which it was originally proposed.”
Lena added that Corvino would be debating Sherif Girgis, a Ph.D.
Student in philosophy at Princeton University and a J.D. Candidate at
Yale Law School, sometime in the spring.
Corvino, the author of What's Wrong with Homosexuality? and
a philosophy professor at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit,
said Thursday that he was “agreeing to the debate.”
“It will be uncomfortable for me to go to Providence College at
this point, for obvious reasons,” Corvino
added. “But the main reason I want to go is for the students
there. And I remind myself that Providence College is bigger than
the decisions of the upper administration.”
Corvino: There's more to gay sex than anal sex.)