Balancing Sex With Spirituality On Catholic Campuses

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In March, Boston College threatened to take disciplinary action against a student group handing out condoms on campus. The move drew mixed reaction: the American Civil Liberties Union threatened legal action, while other Catholic universities across the country came out in support of the Jesuit College.

Meanwhile, the debate has divided students and staff on the Chestnut Hill campus: some feel that the student group — BC Students For Sexual Health — is filling a need the university is failing to address, while others believe college authorities are right to crack down on a group crossing the line of an institution with long-held religious values.

The tension between spirituality and sexuality on religious campuses is by no means a new one, but this current holy war once again raises the question: in this day and age, where more than half of college-age students in North America are sexually active, how do you balance the need to educate students about the practice of safe sex while maintaining a respect for religious teachings?


Lizzie Jekanowski, a senior at Boston College and chair of the BC Students For Sexual Health

Christopher Knoth, a junior at Boston College

Jack Dunn, Director of Public Affairs at Boston College

Donna Freitas, author of “Sex And The Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance And Religion On America’s College Campuses” and “The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture Is Leaving A Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy





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