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“A Scandalous Relationship”

The always courageous Cardinal Newman Society has published a rather shocking report about the ties of Catholic institutions with Planned Parenthood, the No 1 genocidal organisation in the United States.

Let us read the most salient passages from the report:

Despite the Catholic Church’s unambiguous teaching on abortion and contraception, we discovered referrals to Planned Parenthood for “health” services, internships and fellowships with Planned Parenthood, seemingly boastful disclosures of employees’ past work with Planned Parenthood, and other ties to this and other “pro-choice” organizations.

The problems are spread across dozens of institutions, with occasional concentrations at highly secularized institutions like Georgetown University and Seattle University, two leading Jesuit institutions.

(Good Lord, the Jesuits again…… For more about what Jesuits are capable of, see here).

What is publicized on the Internet often indicates more extensive concerns hidden from public view, so while the information contained this report is shocking and scandalous, it is only based on a rudimentary search of college websites and likely does not capture all ties to Planned Parenthood at Catholic colleges and universities.

In no way can the work of Planned Parenthood be considered compatible with the mission of Catholic higher education or the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

(That there is need to say these things in the first place shows the extent of the lapse of Catholic reason in the realm of higher education)

There appears to be a pervasive attitude toward Planned Parenthood that regards the abortion and contraceptive agency as benign. This attitude is simply inconsistent with a genuine Catholic sensibility.

(It’s inconsistent with being Catholic, period).

We urge Catholic colleges and universities to embrace a no-tolerance position for any relationship with Planned Parenthood—including disqualifying candidates for teaching positions with previous experience working with or for pro-abortion organizations.

(How beautifully politically incorrect. Though even I would leave the door open to those who publicly recant their former position and offer allegiance to the Church’s teaching).

There are matters of Catholic identity which require discernment and which may not point to simple solutions. There is no such nuance here—Planned Parenthood is a serious danger to the health, lives and souls of innocent students. There is no place for Planned Parenthood on a Catholic campus.

It is not entirely surprising – though entirely depressing – that once again, a vast number of US bishops have been caught fast asleep, or blind from three eyes, or simply disinterested, or all of these things together.

It is also not at all surprising that Jesuit-led institutions be once again singled out as a prime source of scandal.

On a more positive note, one can only notice that such ties with openly genocidal organisation are probably not an invention of these last years, but that now at least organisations like the Cardinal Newman Society have gained enough momentum to drag this to the attention of the Catholic opinion even amid the very loud snoring of the US bishops. In the end, the CNS itself recognises that “today we are beginning to see some movement toward a renewal of Catholic identity in Catholic higher education”, though that are very clear that “serious problems remain”.

Kudos to the Cardinal Newman Society, then; and let us hope that, in time, more and more bishops will wake up and smell, for a change, a bit of Catholic coffee.

Mundabor

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