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Sen. Santorum . . .Tells Christendom Grads To Rebel Against Pop Culture
The Wanderer ^ | Issue Date May 29, 2003 | TOM McFADDEN

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 College’s 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 O’Donnell awarded Sen. Santorum Christendom College’s Pro Deo et Patria Medal for Distinguished Service to God and Country, after which he delivered the commencement address.

Dr. O’Donnell’s 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 Clinton’s 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 Santorum’s 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 who’s 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 Christ’s which is very near and dear to Christendom College: The Way, the Truth, and the Life. In fact, these words appear in the college’s 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 college’s 25-year history.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; christendomcollege; commencement; frontroyal; gaytrolldolls; homosexualagenda; hristendomcollege; ricksantorum
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To: Blzbba
There are - what - 2 states that allow homo marriages?

For now. It's coming up in practically every state in the union. Lots of other states and municipalities already allow "same-sex partner benefits." That is, taking your forcefully collected tax money and pouring it down the rat-hole of health benefits for some guy's butt-buddy-of-the-month. And this is just the tip of the iceburg of what's coming.

Yet every state and the Fed. collects income tax...forcefully, if necessary, and the people who enacted these laws initially weren't a bunch of homosexuals.

I agree. But you've got to understand that the homo-promo types who can broach no criticism and who are willing to create laws that will have people arrested for criticizing their "deathstyle" (see Sweden and Canada for starters) are part and parcel of the corrupt government you decry.

Scumbag elected officials who pander to whatever PAC fills their pocketbooks are a FAR greater threat to me personally than any flaming homo.

That's only because you're looking at the surface issue. The homos are attempting to radically change 2000+ years of Judeo-Christian civilization and get us to accept things that were considered anathema a mere 40 years ago. They are not doing it by legislative vote but by judicial fiat for the most part. When the issue is put to a direct vote, even in California, they lose. If you don't see this trend as tyrannical, I can't help you.
41 posted on 05/27/2003 8:06:48 PM PDT by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces †)
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To: Alberta's Child
You've given me a good rationale for voting for Whitman, but this doesn't mean Santorum has any reason to make an effort to get a fellow Republican elected to a statewide office (in another state!) despite this Republican's pro-abortion credentials.

You'd have to ask him why he did it. As for me, I trust Rick to make the right decision. He's nothing less than one of the two finest politicians I've had the privilege to hear speak here in the Northeast. The other being Bret Schundler.
42 posted on 05/27/2003 8:13:00 PM PDT by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces †)
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To: Coleus
Gosh your right ping.
43 posted on 05/27/2003 8:40:21 PM PDT by fatima (Go Karen,Look at all these's prayers.For all our troops,we love you.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Ping
44 posted on 05/27/2003 9:56:52 PM PDT by Gophack
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To: Remedy
Santorum bump!
45 posted on 05/27/2003 10:48:19 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Aquinasfan
Completely Catholic tickets! I wonder how many people realize that?
46 posted on 05/27/2003 10:51:40 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Antoninus
"That is, taking your forcefully collected tax money and pouring it down the rat-hole of health benefits for some guy's butt-buddy-of-the-month. And this is just the tip of the iceburg of what's coming."


Yeah, I agree that "same-sex" benefits are a freakin' PC joke, esp. since homos change partners as much as slutty heteros....yet, the unmarried slutty heteros aren't getting their lifestyle subsidized...



" But you've got to understand that the homo-promo types who can broach no criticism and who are willing to create laws that will have people arrested for criticizing their "deathstyle"

Very true- these folks' skin is paper-thin when it comes to criticism. This tactic is also used in racial discussions, but I'm sure you've noticed that. This "If you disagree with me, you're a homophobe/racist/anti-Semite" crap prevents me from taking any of their sides very seriously. I get the same reaction when I discuss Israel/Palestine with people.



"When the issue is put to a direct vote, even in California, they lose. If you don't see this trend as tyrannical, I can't help you. "

They also had a vote in Colorado a few years back about same-sex issues....something to do with forceful employment or benefits or something...anyways, the measure was shot down and yep- you guessed it - the homos complained. The real problem with all this is that we're letting a minority group act as though it was the majority.


I guess I don't consider it a huge problem (yet) because I see so many other issues of morality and ethics that are directly impacting me. Enron, Global Crossings, and WorldCom's misdealings cost me FAR more money that these assclown buttpirates have. Thanks for the conversation!
47 posted on 05/28/2003 6:26:39 AM PDT by Blzbba
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To: Blzbba

cost me FAR more money that these assclown buttpirates have.

Citizens Against Government Waste Since the first federal resources were made available to state and local health agencies for AIDS prevention in 1985, federal funding, which now includes money for research, treatment, and housing, has skyrocketed to $13 billion for fiscal 2003. As a result of the work of highly mobilized lobbying forces, more is spent per patient on AIDS than on any other disease, though it does not even currently rank among the top 15 causes of death in the United States. In one year, 1998, heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death, killed 724,859 Americans only 6.8 percent less than the 774,767 who have contracted AIDS in the last 20 years.2 Of those 774,767 total AIDS cases, 462,766 have died. During that same period, 14 million Americans 30 times more have died of heart disease.

48 posted on 05/28/2003 6:37:02 AM PDT by Remedy
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To: Remedy
See my post http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/918417/posts?page=11#11 and a coupla others in that thread..

AIDS research is a waste of money, since this disease could be eradicated in a generation thru simple human altering of risky sex.

Sadly, now lots of hetero women are getting it from crossover pillow biters, who should be strung up. Hell, they'd probably enjoy that, though.

Meanwhile, women continue to get diagnosed with breast cancer that they acquire thru no unhealthy "lifestyle choices" - where's the outrage at this? (not from you - I know you're in agreement! :) )
49 posted on 05/28/2003 7:18:07 AM PDT by Blzbba
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To: Antoninus
My solution? Oppose both equally. You have a problem with that?

Yes I do, because we are suppose to be opposing the other sides BIAS, not creating more hypocrisy.

50 posted on 05/28/2003 1:20:06 PM PDT by Paul C. Jesup
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To: Remedy
Makes a nice comparison with the comments of the loon ar Rockford College...
51 posted on 05/28/2003 2:07:14 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's a tagline. Move on.)
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To: Paul C. Jesup
Yes I do, because we are suppose to be opposing the other sides BIAS, not creating more hypocrisy.

No idea what you're talking about. Tell you what. You worry about your causes and let the rest of us decide for ourselves what we'll support or oppose, ok?
52 posted on 05/28/2003 6:19:42 PM PDT by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces †)
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To: Salvation
Completely Catholic tickets! I wonder how many people realize that?

Then again, Kennedy/Daschle would be a "Catholic" ticket too, which reminds me of the wheat and the tares...

53 posted on 05/29/2003 5:05:39 AM PDT by Aquinasfan
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To: Remedy
BUMP FOR ALL GRADS
54 posted on 05/30/2003 8:56:20 AM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: Remedy
Excellent post. This will find its way into my classroom.

Thanks

- Van

55 posted on 06/01/2003 7:35:45 AM PDT by Van Jenerette (Our Republic...If We Can Keep It!)
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