NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A nun working with Aquinas College in Nashville is taking a leave of absence after a controversial speech in Charlotte.

Sister Jane Dominic s assembly at Charlotte Catholic angered some parents and students. She spoke about homosexuality, and students say she attributed being gay to divorced parents and pornography.

Aquinas has released a statement saying all men and women are created in God s image. School president, Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, added, The College supports the Catholic Church s teachings which are open to the diverse needs and desires of all.

Regarding Sister Jane Dominic specifically, the statement said:

We believe it is our privilege to bring the best aspects of our faith tradition to bear on the moral and cultural questions of the present age. In her presentation, Sister Jane Dominic spoke clearly on matters of faith and morals. Her deviation into realms of sociology and anthropology was beyond the scope of her expertise. Sister is a trained theologian from a Pontifical University and has the credentials to contribute to scholarly bodies of work. This she has done in the past with distinction. The unfortunate events at Charlotte Catholic High School are not representative of the quality of Sister s academic contributions or the positive influence that she has had on her students. The students at Charlotte Catholic were unprepared, as were their parents, for the topic that Sister was asked to deliver. The consequence was a complete misrepresentation of the school s intention to bring a message that would enlighten and bring freedom and peace.

Sister Jane Dominic has cancelled future speaking engagements and is taking a voluntary sabbatical from teaching.

School officials say there are no words to reverse the harm caused by (Sister Jane Dominic s) comments.

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