The College of Saint Benedict for Women (CSB) and Saint John’s University for Men (SJU), two closely-affiliated Catholic institutions in central Minnesota, announced a new “non-binary admission policy” discovered by the New Guard.
Under the new policy released Thursday, students who have been “oppressed” by gender and “who do not identify within the binary” will be allowed to apply for enrollment at either school.
The institutions claim that the change, which was made to address “evolving understandings of gender identity,” is “faithful” to their Catholic values and missions.
The New Guard asked representatives of both CSB and SJU for elaboration; neither immediately responded.
“The latest mockery of Catholic education—once a trusted engine for the pursuit of truth and cultivation of faith and virtue in young people—comes from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, women’s and men’s colleges in Minnesota, respectively,” Kimberly Begg, member of Young America’s Foundation’s Board of Directors and Catholic author of the recently released Unbreakable: Saints Who Inspired Saints to Moral Courage, told the New Guard.
“With the adoption of a new ‘non-binary admission policy,’ the women’s school now accepts men, without ceasing to be a women’s school, and the men’s school now accepts women, without ceasing to be a men’s school. In so doing, they join what Pope Francis has called ‘a moment of annihilation of man as image of God.’ A school that calls itself ‘Catholic’ has no more authority to change eternal truths than did the serpent in the Garden of Eden,” she continued. “Our young people deserve better than to be told they can be like gods; they deserve truth.”