Guests: Michael Smalanskas, senior Theology & Philosophy student and Resident Advisor at Providence College; Dr. James Keating, Associate Professor of Theology and Faculty Adviser at Providence College.
Description: Michael Smalanskas, a senior at the Dominican-run Providence College in Rhode Island, was required as a dormitory Resident Advisor to keep a bulletin board updated with informational materials of his choosing. After seeing a bulletin board in another dorm promoting lesbian marriage, Smalanskas decided to put up a pro-marriage bulletin board featuring Scripture and Church teaching on the sacrament. What ensued was a campaign of harassment and intimidation from other students and Resident Advisors, and the cold shoulder from the school’s administration — even after Michael received a drawing he says threatened him with rape. Together, Michael and his faculty advisor, Dr. James Keating, have sought remedy from college administrators, but their requests have been summarily ignored.
NOTE: After we started conducting interviews for this podcast, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence came out with a statement on the matter not discussed in the program. You can read it here, or in the links below.
- Catholic college won’t defend student threatened with gay rape for defending marriage (LifeSiteNews)
- Catholic Bishop to Smalanskas: Providence College at a Crossroads (Ocean State The Current)
- Providence College Chaplains: Catholic Marital Teachings Are Not Bigotry (Ocean State The Current)
- Anthony Esolen in His Own Words: ‘Why I Left Providence College for Thomas More’ (National Catholic Register)
- Providence College Website Catholic Identity Page
- Providence College Office of the President
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