Simply Outrageous

It’s no secret to anyone who pays the slightest bit of attention to the state of Catholic higher education that it has drifted far from orthodoxy, and in some cases, from basic Catholic teachings. The list of examples that might be complied would be sufficiently ghastly to demonstrate that fact. Unfortunately I think a new threshold has been crossed, as nominally-Catholic schools become involved with Planned Parenthood. Thanks to for these updates.

First there is the case of Alverno College in Wisconsin, which placed a student as an intern for Planned Parenthood, as can be seen on page 34 of this PDF. Alverno College states in its mission statement that “[s]ervice to the community, improving society by addressing educational needs, and working for social justice, especially for women, are core components of both the founding order and the college.” On the left, “social justice, especially for women” has traditionally meant the unrestricted right to abortion. It is sad to learn that a nominally-Catholic institution may be adopting that same view.

Next there is the case of Spalding University in Kentucky, where a “prominent administrator” has, in the course of her “community involvement” served on the board of Planned Parenthood. Some people might wonder what the big deal is, if she is only an administrator. Well, this same university co-hosted a conference with a CCHD-funded group called “Women In Transition”, at which a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest gave a speech. The topic? Here was the title of the presentation: “It begins with me: Confronting reproductive health issues.” A fitting title, since abortion is the height of selfishness, whether it is a woman choosing to dispose of her child or a father threatening, coercing, or encouraging the mother to do so. No, pro-aborts, it isn’t all about women.

The really tragic thing here is that there is, I believe, some good in the work these groups too. They wish to address poverty and genuine social injustice. But there can be no social justice as long as the innocent and weak may be murdered on a whim. I hope the Catholic students who understand this truth hold the faculty and staff of their schools to account.

7 Responses to Simply Outrageous

  1. Donna V. says:

    Alverno is about as Catholic as Yeshiva University. Feminism is its religion. Unfortunately, my parents didn’t realize that when they sent my older sister there.

    In the mid-70’s, one of my sister’s textbooks was “Our Bodies, Ourselves” by the Boston Women’s Collective, a blatantly left-wing, very sexually explicit, pro-abortion “guide to women’s health.”

    Mention Alverno to my sister and she’ll laugh and start singing “I am woman, hear me roar.” She found the extreme feminism of the place ridiculous even when she was still an undergrad. It’s no surprise to me that they haven’t changed their stripes.

    I just feel bad for people like my parents who are under the impression that they are providing their daughters with a good Catholic education by sending them there – the opoosite is true.

    And I’m a Marquette grad. I sometimes think that from the Catholic POV, I would have been better off going to an entirely secular university. I was quite cynical about the Church by the time I graduated and remained so for many years.

  2. Joe Hargrave says:

    Ha! I went to a secular university and ended up rejecting atheism and communism for the Church.

    Funny how that works.

  3. Folks,

    It’s obviously gotten so bad that unless liberalism is completely purged from the Church in America, these kinds of problems will only get worse. This is the culimination of the false gospel of social justice and peace at any price. This is what happens when the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ are not front and center.

  4. JC says:

    At a graduate school interview ca. 1996:
    “Have you considered Notre Dame?”
    “Philosophical differences.”
    “You’re not Catholic?”
    “No, I am.”

  5. I went to a Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet all women’s college – College of St. Catherine in St. Paul MN. One story that was typical:

    The campus paper “The Wheel” article about displays of public affection, paraphrasing: “…in order to be considereate of our lesbian students, heterosexual women and thier visiting boyfriends ought to refrain from kiss in public as lesbian students may find this offensive.”

    I kid you not.

    In fact in my freshmen dorm, St. Mary’s Hall, there was living on one of the floors an admittedly lesbian “sister” although she lived alone in her room – she gave me the major creeps whenever I saw her. I am quite certain the good sisters of St. Joseph who founded this school are horrified by what’s become of it.

    I’m sending my daughters to a public university BTW

  6. Joe Hargrave says:

    Who has authority over these universities? These stories get worse and worse.

  7. Monica says:

    I attend Emmanuel College in Boston. I’m not even Catholic, though I am Christian. I feel that the “loving the weak” line is kind of fuzzy when it comes to women seeking abortion, because most often, those women are broken and scared and, therefor, deserve love. However, I’ve come to realize that hardly any of the kids who go to my school actually prioritize God at all, and because of this, I’m leaving for a completely secular school in hopes of being surrounded by at least some level of honesty.

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