(PHILLY) — Villanova University has abruptly canceled a weeklong workshop by a gay performance artist whose stage shows are often laced with nudity and simulated sex but who has taught and lectured at numerous colleges, including the nation’s largest Catholic university, DePaul, in Chicago.

Tim Miller, whom the Los Angeles Times once called the “patron saint of the gay performance world” and who was one of four envelope-pushing artists whose funding the National Endowment for the Arts revoked in 1990, said he was told Sunday night by the professor who booked the workshop that Villanova’s president, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, had canceled the event without giving a reason.

Miller said he was not totally surprised since Catholic blogs had picked up on his appearances and were spreading “this bizarre lie that I’m anti-Catholic. . . . People tell these lies, and it gets people who read these blogs worked up.”

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