The College of Saint Paul at Albany, New York, is a private college with a mission to “provide the best education for students who are religious, creative, artistic, artistic-minded, and intelligent” and a mission of “providing a safe space for young people of all faiths and backgrounds to flourish and develop.”
The college is one of three Catholic colleges in the country to receive an exemption from the nondiscrimination law, which protects LGBT people.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which filed the petition to overturn the law, the exemption applies to all Catholic schools.
“The College of St. Paul is a Christian institution that prides itself on its values of tolerance and inclusion,” the ACLU said in a statement on Thursday.
“This exemption protects religious institutions from being forced to discriminate against students based on the sexual orientation or gender identity of their students.”
St. Anthony’s College, a private Christian school in Brooklyn, New Jersey, is also exempt from the law.
According the American Catholic Association, the Catholic school “is a public Catholic institution that does not discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.
Our students are afforded an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and be respected.”
As for the Catholic college at Albany’s Saint Paul, its website does not specifically mention the pope.
However, a cached version of the college’s website now includes a note from the dean of students and a letter from the college expressing its “solidarity” with the pope, which the school’s website states is part of its “Mission Statement.”
The statement continues, “The mission of Saint Peter’s College of Arts and Letters is to provide the best possible education for its students, and we stand for a more just and compassionate world, in which all people are free to live, love, and work according to their beliefs and convictions.”