Skip to comments.Sen. Santorum . . .Tells Christendom Grads To Rebel Against Pop Culture
Posted on 05/27/2003 11:25:49 AM PDT by Remedy
FRONT ROYAL, Va. "We need to summon the moral strength to create a civilization of peace and justice, and of course, of love," said U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) to Christendom Colleges graduating class of 2003. "This is where you come in. I believe of all the great gifts God has given to the young, the greatest of these are energy, idealism, and rebelliousness. I want to challenge each and every one of you to be a radical, to be a rebel, to rebel against the popular culture. Your task will not be an easy one. You must overcome the temptation of silence."
On May 17, during the graduation ceremony held in Crusader Gymnasium, Christendom College President Dr. Timothy ODonnell awarded Sen. Santorum Christendom Colleges Pro Deo et Patria Medal for Distinguished Service to God and Country, after which he delivered the commencement address.
Dr. ODonnells introduction of Sen. Santorum was interrupted on three different occasions by animated clapping and standing ovations by the enthusiastic audience.
Sen. Santorum has indeed overcome the temptation of silence in recent weeks. At the beginning of May, Santorum was accused of hate speech and bigotry for his comments he made to a reporter on the Texas law banning sodomy.
"Virtue is a word fraught with controversy today," he said, referring to his interview which was distorted by activists both within and outside the press. "I tried to articulate the nature of marriage, the good of marriage," he said, "but making a defense of marriage is often characterized as hate speech these days."
Santorum told the graduates that when they are rebelling against modern culture, they are not called by God to be necessarily successful, but rather to be faithful. He explained his point by telling a story about how, back in 1998, when former President Bill Clinton had vetoed the partial-birth abortion ban, the Senate voted to overturn Clintons veto. He explained that it was not overturned by a margin of two votes. Santorum, though, had spent much of the night before trying to convince his fellow senators, only to realize that he could not change even one vote.
However, a week later, Santorum received an e-mail from a man who said he and his girlfriend had heard Santorums speech against partial-birth abortion on television. The girlfriend started crying and said she had scheduled an abortion for the following day. "She did not have the abortion the next day. There is now a little girl whos four years old, who was adopted by two loving parents," he said. "To this world, I failed. But God was faithful."
Prior to the commencement ceremonies, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., offered the baccalaureate Mass in the Chapel of Christ the King and delivered the homily. Cardinal Dulles chose to speak on a special theme of Christs which is very near and dear to Christendom College: The Way, the Truth, and the Life. In fact, these words appear in the colleges logo.
Treasure the fact that you have been given a Catholic education in which the truth of Revelation was not severed from the truth of the human sciences," exhorted Cardinal Dulles. "There are many rivers of truth, but in the end they merge into one undivided stream. When the perennial questions are seriously asked, Christ can be recognized as the encompassing truth. Truth in the end turns out to be a Person, a Person whom we encounter both in the proclamation of the Gospel and in the ministry of the sacraments."
He concluded by saying that "at Christendom College you have . . . learned to love the Eucharist. Take that love with you wherever you go. The more your life is centered on this sacrament of sacraments, the more energized will it be in all its dimensions. Neither death nor life nor anything under Heaven will be able to separate you from Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
Cardinal Dulles was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters during commencement exercises. Christendom College conferred 73 bachelor of arts and three associate of arts degrees on its graduating class, making the class of 2003 the largest in the colleges 25-year history.
If I were a student at Christendom, I would have stood up and asked him.
This a a great organization!! They have done some fantastic research into the pro-life issue, and have helped mold the pro-life message sent out to women, especially those college-aged, facing unplanned pregnancies.
Why aren't there more Jesuits like Cardinal Dulles? I guess he was in formation long before the time of the 'post-modern Jesuits' who ruined at least a generation of novices to the Order with their ambivalence in teaching the Faith! By extension, those novices, later turned priests and teachers garbled the Faith for millions of Catholics who now just don't KNOW what the Church teaches anymore, so they couldn't defend it if they wanted to!
Who was the Democrat alternative, and would that person have been any better on the life issue?
This where I disagree with you. It is the socialists that have control of the homosexuals, not the other way around.
Attacking homosexuality will not solve any problems. It is socialism that we must attack.
Santorum would have been better off just staying home.
now it's personal...
It is, but before you start flaming, consider that we are discussing the abstract behavior known as "homosexuality," not the concrete practice of two queers doing whatever they do in the privacy of their own home.
A society that is oppressed by a tyrannical government at least knows the evil by which it is oppressed. They may be downtrodden, but given the correct spark and circumstances they will rise up and fight against the evil and restore the good.
But the society that stops looking at homosexual behavior as evil has given up all hope. There is no spark that will wake them from the dullness they have imposed upon themselves. If they have decided they like the sleep, you will never wake them.
Scumbag elected officials who pander to whatever PAC fills their pocketbooks are a FAR greater threat to me personally than any flaming homo.
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