Skip to comments.Catholic college cancels pro-abortion speaker
Posted on 09/27/2011 9:09:08 AM PDT by ReformationFan
ORETTO, PA, September 26, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Catholic University in Pennsylvania has cancelled a scheduled appearance by prominent feminist journalist Ellen Goodman after the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) drew attention to the conflict between Goodmans work and Catholic Church teaching on key issues.
The Catholic watchdog group reported in a blog entry that Goodman was scheduled to speak October 12th at St. Francis University in Loretto on the topic of civility in public discourse. The lecture was part of the schools annual Furlong Lecture Series.
The blog entry detailed the history of Goodmans outspoken support for abortion, including opposing conscience rights for pharmacists who choose not to dispense abortifacient emergency birth control.
She has also publicly criticized the movement to deny communion to pro-abortion politicians, which she derisively referred to as a wafer watch in a 2004 Boston Globe article.
Goodmans lecture was cancelled shortly after the CNS report was published.
In a statement sent by St. Francis to CNS, the school explained: After careful consideration, the University felt Ms. Goodmans body of work has reflected statements that are not in close enough alignment with some Catholic teachings and with the values and mission of the University as required for an event of this stature on the Saint Francis campus.
Saint Francis provost Wayne Powel told the Lebanon Daily News that the schools screening process for speakers was broken ... in this case
The people who should have been looking and paying attention to who was considered by the committee didnt do so, Powel said. It should have been looked at by the senior administration, including myself.
In an email response to Powel published on dailykos.com, Goodman accused the university of failing to uphold the values of academic freedom, pointing out that her stance on abortion was shared with over half the country.
Goodman also added that in her 35-year career as a public speaker, she had made many speeches on Catholic campuses.
Never before have I been cancelled for any reason, let alone for my beliefs, she wrote.
CNS spokesman Adam Wilson praised the universitys decision in comments to LifeSiteNews.
It would be duplicitous for a Catholic college to momentarily set aside pro-life convictions for the sake of basking in the glow of a famous person. St. Francis University did the right thing and they should be proud of their decision, Wilson said.
As a devout Catholic, I applaud the university for rescinding the invitation. And you’re right. She shouldn’t have been invited in the first place. It’s a shame that there are so many cafeteria Catholics that pick and choose what they want to believe. Those that support abortion are ignoring Christ.
Seconded, all the way.
The only reason to have Ellen Goodman speak would be as a negative example, to be rebutted by a prolife speaker.
I think a Catho0lic university might also legitimately invite her to attest to the sexist nature of her surname, at which point (”witch” point?) she cold unveil her new feminist surname: Ellen Badwoman. The clear takeaway for all in attendance would be a powerful and enlightening lesson: feminazi = badwoman.
There's a first time for everything. Hopefully there will be a second time and a third time, etc.
Agreed. And as they have no rebuttal, they are correct in rescinding the offer.
Exactly. Although Badwoman would probably be too “sexist” for a true-blue feminazi like her since it still has the suffix -man in it. She’d probably insist on being called “Badwoperson”. But person has the masculine son as a suffix at the end, so she’d probably insist on being called “Badwoperdaughter”.
Heck, Notre Dame was clueless and invited Ozero to speak and be honored. The world is crazy.