Skip to comments.Report: 150 Catholic Colleges Have Ties to Planned Parenthood
Posted on 04/11/2011 8:34:18 AM PDT by julieee
Report: 150 Catholic Colleges Have Ties to Planned Parenthood
Washington, DC -- A Catholic educational watchdog group released a new report today detailing the connections more than 150 Catholic colleges and universities have with the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
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Ya suppose the Pope knows?
Oh, documented on the Internet. Well, I guess it's "for sure" then.
It's very, very difficult to take any story seriously when it contains the phrase, "as documented on the Internet". Just saying.
We’ve been warned: Acts 20:25-31.
I would hope, though, that this information would trigger a review of those universities.
It's based upon ...a rudementary search of college websites.
Respectfully, the internet links are from the offending colleges, e.g. http://www.marianuniversity.edu/counseling/ takes you to the page with PP on it.
The Cardinal Newman Society has been leading the charge to identify and publicize those universities who clearly violate both the spirit and letter of the Magesterium as well as creating scandal.
Regarding another poster’s question about the Pope’s knowledge, the responsibility is squarely on the shoulders of the local bishop, as well as the leaders of particular religious orders who lead or manage these universities.
Sunlight is a great disinfectant! Let’s hope the light the Newman Society is shining on these places gets them to change their ways.
...beginning with Harvard, I’m sure...
The problem is that most Catholic universities are LITERALLY Catholic in name only. They maybe hire a single figure-head priest; the vast majority of their boards of trustees and professors are agnostics, Protestants or merely nominal Catholics. The archdiocese of New York has tried “excommunicating” several colleges, but they still go on claiming to “educate in the Catholic tradition,” which most people understand to mean that they are Catholic.
Most bizarrely, listing PP under “sex counselling?”
Catholic colleges, like any institution of higher learning, hire a diverse portfolio of professors. If a professor in the math, or chemistry department has some loose affiliation to Planned Parenthood, who cares?
I went to one of those 150 Catholic colleges. And, my alma mater has Jewish Rabbis, protestant theologians and even an Imam or two - does that mean the university has abandoned their Catholic traditions? No, not at all. In fact, the Catholic tradition is one of religious pluralism and ecumenical outreach ESPECIALLY in the academic environment.
When great Catholic schools stop hiring people based on prior affiliations those people have, or may continue to have with organizations that have some cognitive dissonance with Catholic orthodoxy, then those Catholic schools cease being "great".
You'll notice that Jesuit universities (Boston College, Georgetown, Marquette, Seattle, Gonzaga, any Loyola) are frequently mentioned as is DePaul, Notre Dame and St. Mary's (its sister school).
I sent my kids to Catholic high school, but there is no way I would ever waste the money on a Catholic college.
Yes, some of the ties are stronger and some are weaker. All the detail is shown and people can decide the appropriate remedy depending on the situation.
But in your case, you seem to be turning around and launching salvos at the Cardinal Newman Society for even putting this information out there, an extremely uncharitable and even anti-Catholic response.
If there is no difference in the moral beliefs of an instructor at a Catholic college, why should I pay $30,000 a year to send my daughter to University of Detroit Mercy as opposed to $9,000 at Oakland University?
Ridiculous. I was more than "charitable" when I described this story as "strained". In fact, it's intellectually vacant.
What is "preposterous" is that anyone would take an article seriously that contains the phrase, "..documented on the internet". It's oxy-moronic.
I'll repeat my thesis, religious institutions of higher learning that are committed to academic excellence will employ people who aren't adherents of the universities religious orthodoxy. It's pitifully ignorant to then try to "tie" the activities of those professors to the university.
I'll speak up for my alma mater (Gonzaga). The two references were IMO incomplete. On clicking the second link, the result was "page not found".
I would like more detail on the first reference's affiliation to PP. The body of her charitable work was quite extensive.
As an earlier poster said, "sunlight is the best disinfectant". I'll be looking for GU's response, if one is forthcoming. It's a different school than when I graduated 35 years ago.
When you look at the overall record of Fr. Bob Spitzer's tenure as President, it was exemplary to its focus on Catholic principles.
The basketball program definitely has improved during his tenure.
We aren't talking about algebra instructors at the local community college. We're talking about tenured and visiting professors at some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country. They aren't hiring people who are dropping off apps at the HR office. These colleges are recruiting the best subject-matter experts that they can get their hands on, people who are published and well-respected in their academic fields of study.
I wouldn't be surprised at all to learn that the professors in the physics departments at Boston College, Notre Dame and Georgetown were ALL committed atheists. Why? Because the great majority of the world's most accomplished physicists are at best agnostic. If you want your students to be exposed to the greatest minds available, you don't limit your faculty to "true believers" - not if you are really committed to academic excellence. They are not running madrasa to indoctrinate kids in a religion, they're running a great university.
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