Notre Dame Summer Program Teaches High Schoolers 'Gender Theory'

On Friday, LifeSiteNews reported that the University of Notre Dame will be teaching high schoolers the fundamentals of "gender theory" during their 2015 pre-college summer course entitled “Gender and Culture in American Society.” 

"Are you male or female? How do you know," asks the course's description on the university's website. "Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that explores questions like those above – and many more!"

The course description also claims the teachings will be entirely culled from the "studies" of gender theorists and will explore various issues such as: "treatment of female candidates in election seasons, controversies about the HPV vaccine, the gendering of toys, domestic violence in dating relationships, body image expectations, gender nonconforming youth, and gendered roles within family structures."

Since Notre Dame is considered a Catholic college, LifeSiteNews rightly pointed out what the Catechism of the Catholic Church actually had to say about gender. It states:

Man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other, in their respective beings as man and woman. 'Being man' or 'being woman' is a reality which is good and willed by God… In their 'being-man' and 'being-woman', they reflect the Creator’s wisdom and goodness.

Leading the course will be Dr. Abby Palko, a professor who reportedly spoke at an event entitled “Queer Theories: Ally, Gender, and Sexual Identity at Notre Dame.” She also moderates the "Gender Studies Book Club."