I can pretty much guess the reaction of a certain segment of the population to the above headline. Some of you are no doubt cheering this courageous move on the part of the National University of Ireland - Galway. There were even the predictable smears and insults in the combox. Apparently some of the commentators had not read the article because the top comment said
NUI is a catholic university. Catholicism believes that homosexuality is wrong. Breaking news: NUI will not provide counselling for gay students.
It turns out that the ones offering the counseling were the university chapter of the Legion of Mary which was working along the lines of the Courage apostolate completely in line with Church teaching. This was no conversion therapy but a sincere effort to help people live in accord with Catholic teaching. Banned by a Catholic university... go figure.
NUI Galway’s Roman Catholic Legion of Mary Society has been disbanded by the university after launching a campaign that offers counselling and support to help gay students “move beyond the confines of the homosexual label to a more complete identity in Christ”. The campaign is linked to the Courage Community, a movement that “ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and their loved ones” to help them “gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Church's teachings, especially in the area of chastity”.