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Pro-abortion feminist welcomed to Catholic Santa Clara University amid protest
TFP ^ | 01-09-13 | TFP Student Action

Posted on 01/09/2013 1:28:56 PM PST by concernedAmerican1


On January 17, Santa Clara University will welcome Amy Tan, a novelist who has made no secret of her support for abortion “rights,” as well as the unfettered use of contraceptives. Ms. Tan has used her novels as a means to promulgate erroneous opinions, with abortion featuring prominently in one of her books, The Joy Luck Club.

Additionally, Ms. Tan has not shied away from announcing her anti-Catholic position. In a public Facebook post sprinkled with obscenities, she harangued pro-life politicians, accusing them of “wanting to pervert the lives of women.”  (Warning: foul language)

However, Santa Clara University -- a Catholic institution -- has invited Amy Tan for a lecture and book signing on campus.  "Tan’s work speaks to millions," claims a university statement, "with its universal themes of family relationships, generational change, and personal history.” It is unclear how abortion and misguided feminist theories could possibly qualify as a legitimate "family relationship."

Amy Tan
In light of the author’s avowed opposition to Church teaching, combined with her attack on the right to life, is she the type of role model the university wants to present to its students?  Should abortion advocates like Ms. Tan be given a platform on any Catholic campus?

On this issue, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is clear:  "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."

Santa Clara University's decision to feature an outspoken opponent of Church teaching in its Presidential Speaker Series throws a dark shadow over its Catholic identity.  Ironically, the theme of the 2012-2013 speaker series is "Enlivening the Whole Person: Head, Heart and Body."

"Abortion destroys the whole person," said TFP Student Action Director John Ritchie. 

"Abortion deliberately destroy heads, hearts and bodies.  It destroys God's plan for children.  It shatters motherhood, fatherhood, and families.  That's why I'm hoping that Santa Clara University will reconsider its invitation to pro-abortion supporter Amy Tan and replace her with a better speaker, a true role model, someone Catholic students can look up to and imitate, someone who respects the right to life," he said.  "I can't fathom why a Catholic university would give Amy Tan a platform."

According to its web site, Santa Clara University is "committed to faith-inspired values and educating leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion who will help fashion a more just, humane, and sustainable world."  Surely, in pursuance of those “faith-inspired values,” the University ought to maintain an environment in which Church teaching is respected, upheld and defended.  

Join the protest

In the spirit of charity, for the sake of the Santa Clara's Catholic identity, and for the unborn, please join TFP Student Action in calling for the cancellation of Amy Tan's scheduled appearance on January 17.

Politely voice your peaceful protest with a phone call to:  408-554-4100

Santa Clara University

Fr. Michael E. Engh, S.J.
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408-554-4100

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TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; protest; university

1 posted on 01/09/2013 1:29:09 PM PST by concernedAmerican1
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To: concernedAmerican1
The blurb at the top of their homepage says "Jesuit and catholic tradition." Their mission statement references "faith-inspired values," a far cry from anything remotely resembling "Christian virtues."

They are as catholic as another university "in the catholic tradition," Notre Dame-- the biggest abortion mill in Indiana.

2 posted on 01/09/2013 2:31:12 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: concernedAmerican1
Thank you for posting this. I'm alerting my Silicon Valley Catholic friends on Facebook, and will write an e-mail to the dioceses.
3 posted on 01/09/2013 3:46:33 PM PST by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: concernedAmerican1
"with its universal themes of family relationships"

Yeah, the relationship between her freewheeling fornication and her own children murdered with abortaficiant contraceptives or abortion, some family.

Canon [915] Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or the interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to communion.

It's time to realize God is perfecting His Church the same way He perfected the army Gideon gathered and start strictly enforcing Canon [915] along with everything else The Church has become overly charitable about. Only those deeply committed to Christ will receive the blessing of being permitted to fully participate in the defeat of the anti-Christ culture that has swept through Western civilization.

John 6:54 Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.

Christ is separating the lukewarm from the committed in His Church and among all Christians so no one will be able doubt that it is Jesus Christ Himself who is leading The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church Jesus Christ Himself founded along with our separated brethren to the soon coming incredible victory over the Satanic, heresy saturated, secular humanist, anti-Christ, plague around us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.


4 posted on 01/09/2013 7:08:39 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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