Tuesday, November 30, 2010

College of Holy Cross...Another "Catholic" School

One of the sites that have been kind enough to carry my posts namely http://angelqueen.org/, brought up an interesting question about BC's sister school in Worcester;  Holy Cross. Since the question was raised, I decided to do a little research.
We found out that there really isn't much difference between Boston College and College of Holy Cross in their administration, teaching methods or out and out disregard for the teachings of the Catholic Church.  In fact, they actually had Planned Parenthood and NARAL on their campus for a talk on teens and pregnancy.  They rented space to these groups in their Hogan Campus Center.  The following article was published in the Holy Cross Magazine, volume 42, number 1:


Teen pregnancy and parenting subject of professional meeting

One of the approximately 500 outside events taking place in rented space in the Hogan Campus Center in the past year was the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy—a consortium of social service agencies, school-based health centers and local pregnancy prevention and teen parenting coalitions.
The weeks leading up to the Alliance’s Oct. 23 annual meeting were marked by a controversy fueled by organized e-mail and letter-writing campaigns. The College, the Diocese of Worcester, and the Jesuit Province of New England were flooded with phone calls and e-mails—including many from Holy Cross alumni and parents—although the vast majority of callers were not affiliated with the College. The protests focused on the fact that, among the dozens of workshop presenters were representatives of Planned Parenthood and NARAL. In the wake of calls, letters and e-mails, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, a member of the Alliance, was forced to withdraw from the conference.  (That really did surprise me). The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester, called upon Holy Cross to disassociate itself from the groups involved and revoke its contract with the Alliance.
“As president of a Catholic college in the Diocese of Worcester, I wholly respect the duty of Bishop McManus to uphold the teachings of the Church—most especially the sanctity of life and opposition to abortion,” said Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president of Holy Cross, in a statement issued the week before the conference and sent to the Holy Cross online community by e-mail. “However, it is the College’s position that providing rented meeting space to a conference of professionals from a variety of Massachusetts organizations discussing the safety and care of at-risk teenagers does not represent a disregard of Catholic teaching.” (Obviously Fr. McFarland doesn't agree with the Church).
The College’s decision to honor its contractual organization with the Alliance raised both vigorous support and passionate protest—and generated discussion among students, faculty, staff and alumni. 
U.S. Jesuit colleges have been criticized in recent years for inviting controversial speakers to campus—but, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities is aware of no other protest focused on a program presented by an outside group in rented facilities.
The day of the conference—which was attended by 150 social workers, nurses, educators and other professionals—about a dozen protesters were on campus. On the lawn outside Hogan, the Holy Cross chapter of Students for Life installed 360 white crosses, representing the number of abortions performed every day... Students weighed in, as well. A first-year student wrote: “As a devout pro-life Catholic, and a woman I am insulted that you would allow such an organization within our gates”—echoing the position of others that it was wrong for the College to have any association with groups like Planned Parenthood which take positions that are against the teaching of the Catholic Church.

Allowing the Alliance to rent space on campus for its conference was in keeping with the College’s institutional mission and responsibilities, Fr. McFarland remarked, following the conference.  

This is very typical of these Jesuit institutions.  They are so far removed from being Catholic, it's difficult to see their collars.  Reminds me of an old Robin Williams scene in "Mork and Mindy" when he has his coat on backwards.  Sure seems like the "Jebs" to me...BACKWARDS.

Let's move on.

I know you have heard about the play "The Vagina Monologues".   Most of the monologues of any length are extraordinarily explicit accounts by women, of highly charged sexual episodes, typically but not exclusively lesbian intercourse (including seduction of a minor) and masturbation. Perhaps the most telling testimony to the play’s character and intended effect comes from the author herself, who, on the first page of her introduction to the 2001 edition, boasted of having experienced “thirty-two public orgasms a night" while performing the roles.
In short, the play is, and is plainly intended to be, a celebration of the joys of sexual gratification through actions gravely immoral in the eyes of the Church.
Here is the first documentation that we have a record for, according to the Holy Cross Magazine.

Spring 2002, Volume 36, number 2. ( No pun intended there.)
The play's provocative name, no-holds-barred dialogue and intimate subject matter also raise blood pressures, hackles and passionate opinions wherever it is performed. Two readings of the play on the Holy Cross campus, where it was presented in February as a fund-raiser, proved no exception. Letters and e-mails in protest and support of the performances soon followed.
"I can understand people objecting to The Vagina Monologues," says Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president of Holy Cross. "We considered very carefully the decision to stage the readings here. One of our student groups, the Women's Forum, wanted to put it on as part of a national effort to raise consciousness about violence against women. Their concerns deserve our attention. The play isn't the vehicle I would have chosen, but it is a legitimate piece." (Giving Credence to Sin...)

"Originally, we wanted to do the play on March 8, International Women's Day, but the ballroom was not available then," Cortiglia says. "Last November, we chose Feb. 12 and 13 because we thought that everyone would be busy on Valentine's Day. No one involved noticed that Ash Wednesday was so early this year.  (Typical of the Jesuits...can't read a calendar). When it became an issue a week before the performance, I saw no reason to cancel. We still go to class and play sports on Ash Wednesday, and the play was sponsored by the Women's Forum, a sanctioned student organization."
Cortiglia saw another reason to go forward with the play. "As a Catholic, (Really?...you could have fooled me).Ash Wednesday has always been a day to beg forgiveness and to be cleansed," she says. "It's also a day to reflect on who you are and how you live your life. That's what the V-Day movement is about."(Not from what I've been told)

While some alumni wrote pointedly that allowing the play on campus has made their relationship with the College tenuous, others say that the decision to stage it has strengthened their connection to Holy Cross. A class of 1989 alumna, now a professor herself, writes,
"I offer my strong support for the administration's decision to produce this play. It made me proud of my alma mater… next time I'm asked, I'll be more inclined to support the College or to help with admissions recruitment."
Others were just as passionate in their disdain for the play's frank sexuality and language intended to shock. The wife of an alumnus called the readings "pornography." Just as appalled, a member of the class of 1946 made clear his concerns in a letter that reads,
"… my first reaction was disbelief, then outrage and finally very deep disappointment … In sponsoring, publicizing and endorsing this presentation, Holy Cross has abandoned its reputation for high standards, decency and values and instead sought to justify its surrender to the unprincipled ‘new culture.'"
That perspective was not shared by a member of the Class of 2000, now a Catholic school educator. He applauded the College leadership for going forward with the production and for trusting the students to come to their own decisions regarding the performances. 

"Clearly, the play intentionally breaks a lot of taboos," Fr. McFarland says. "As Ensler sees it, those taboos stifle women's voices. Most people who actually saw the play got past the ‘body parts' to its substance where it seems to resonate with women at deeper levels. While parts of the play may be objectionable to me, as well as to others, the play raises serious moral issues about violence against women and the power relationships that engender it. One needn't accept Ensler's views to believe that these are issues about which our students should be thinking. Becoming conscious of and exploring issues of social justice are fundamental to what we are about as a Catholic, Jesuit institution."

I guess this kind of sums up the aspect of what the "fundamentals" are to a "catholic,Jesuit institution."
I didn't capitalize catholic for a very good reason...they aren't, so why give them the distinction.

The fact that the school permitted this play to be presented on Ash Wednesday was really a slap in the face to Jesus.  The Bible is very clear on the status of homosexual activity and condemns it straight away.  Not the person, per se, the activity.  This play is blatant about it and portrays it as OK. The fact that a "Catholic educator" thinks it's alright to give it credence goes to show to what extent our system has failed it's students.  There will be no Catholic schools at the rate we are turning out these so called "catholic educators".  The fact that two of Holy Cross' alumni don't feel it's wrong to show homosexual acts on stage is bad enough, but the fact that they are "educators" themselves is truly sad.  Of course, it's to be expected of a Jesuit...they quit being Catholic when they said it was OK to be a practicing homosexual and still give them the Sacraments....when they give a platform and advocacy to Gay and Lesbian organizations on campus...when they invite Abortionists to speak and give them awards.  Real "Catholic" schools.  If you want more information on the "monologues" here is a link to the Sycamore Group at Notre Dame.  Part of the information in this post came from their website. http://www.projectsycamore.com/monologues/

Here I  blame the Bishop.  He has the power to revoke their Catholic Identity.  He hasn't done it.  He won't do it.  He's to scared to be a Shepard, do his DUTY, and invoke the "wrath" of the Politically Correct" crowd on his "Faithfulness".  I'm glad he's not afraid of the Wrath of God.  I would be a little more concerned about that than the verbal scorn of someone who calls himself a progressive "Catholic".

If you get the impression I think some of these Bishops are backsliders and shirking their duty as the Shepard's they are supposed to be, you would be 100% correct.  Why out of 200+ bishops only 83 stood up for the unborn at the Scandal of Notre Dame?  What happened to the rest of them?  Why were they silent?  They won't answer...some even said it was OK. Want an example?  Kicanas.  Need I say more?  Maybe it's time to remove these non-Faithful prelates and get some Bishops with Backbone.
It's time to start taking back Our Catholic Faith.  Enough lousy instruction at so-called "Catholic" Colleges.  If they teach heresy and don't follow the rules, KICK THEM OUT!  It's time for the Bishops to BE CATHOLIC!!!

The Holy Cross Cardinal Newman Society has an article on their website I thought was quite useful given the current state of affairs at BC, Georgetown, ETC.


Holy Cross Spends Week Promoting Homosexuality

Certainly one of the more controversial topics is the Church's teaching on the issue of homosexuality, and Church teaching has been quite careful to respect the dignity of the individual while still cementing that the act of sodomy, especially in a homosexual relationship, is morally wrong. Despite this controversy within the Church, the College this month spent an entire week advocating for homosexuality and promoting it to the students.
Events like these confuse the students as to the true teachings of the Church, and further split the college from the Magisterium.
Certainly many students engaged in homosexual relationships at the Cross are confused and desperately in need of counseling and support, not the simple validation of their desires.
Other colleges have similar "Rainbow Alliance Week" programming events, such as this one at Wright State, and this one at St. Louis University. And at almost every other college it coincides with a popular "Coming Out Day" which encourages students to declare their homosexuality openly. For confused young students, who are often subjected to many sexual pressures and disordered nature of our culture's approach to our bodies, it is no surprise that many can confuse that frustration and confusion with "being gay" which attempts to explain every other relationship problem.
Holy Cross students need sexual sanity not rationalizations, perversion and the promotion of unhealthy lifestyles.
There are 51 student members of the Facebook group "HC Allies" who have likely never heard of homosexual counseling and the many avenues of support such as the Courage program, offered through the Church.
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You can see that the Hogan Center was advertising and promoting "Rainbow Alliance Week" as well as prominently displaying the Human Rights Campaign's logo in the right window. The Human Rights campaign, however well named, promotes radical homosexualism and anal-centric policies that lead many young people into sexual confusion and lifestyles that put them at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Its donations are almost exclusively partisan, and funding candidates whose policies are, again, at odds with important Church teachings. Lately even homosexuality is too blase for HRC, and they are now promoting "transsexualism"

I guess you can see this is a real problem.  Holy Cross wants to be a secular college.  I say to go ahead and let them.  Good riddance to bad rubbish.  I said in the very beginning that we had to throw out the garbage, and the further I get into it, the more stench I smell.

More to come.  I want to thank you all for reading.  I hope the information I am giving you is helpful.  It's all out there...you only have to look for it.  God Bless you all and as my old Army Commander used to say; " Always advance, even if it's only one foot at a time."

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving...A Time for True Gratitide.

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time and effort to visit this Blog and to send this information to others throughout the World.  Yes, World.  As far away as Russia and even Pakistan.  I hope that all who read the information given here will understand that we are trying to spread the Word of God through an educational system that is broken.  We want to bring that system back into the fold, but if that is not possible, then cut the offenders loose and start over.  There are many divergent thoughts on the state of Catholic Education in the United States, but the one that seems to be the most prevalent is that it is failing to give our children the basics on which to grow their Faith.  Sad to say, all of the evidence points to this fact.  As time goes on, we will detail more schools and their discarding and avoidance of True Catholic Principles in their curriculum's and school missions.  We pray that God will direct us and give us the knowledge to write truthful and insightful articles that may help those looking for a Good Catholic Education to achieve their goals.

On a totally different note, I would like to spotlight a group that is truly Christian and Pro-Life all the way down the line.  Human Life International.   http://hliamerica.org/.  These people are working each and every day to bring to light the problems facing all of us when it comes to Abortion and the effects of Contraception on the Women of the World.  One article they have on their site is of particular importance to me because it concerns Breast Cancer.  My wife of 25 years has Stage 4 Breast Cancer.  It is the Hormonal type that is very aggressive.  She is suffering through Chemo and the results of the side effects are the most devastating thing you can watch.  And I don't mean the hair loss...that's actually not much of a problem.  The other side effects are much more devastating.  Human Life International has posted an article detailing the effects and causal relationship between Abortion and birth control and Breast Cancer.  My wife didn't use "The Pill" as we are Catholic, but since we didn't have children, the hormones that would have been created by childbirth were absent in her system and made her more susceptible to the cancer.  Carrying a child to term can greatly reduce your possibilities of Breast Cancer. 
We thought, as did many Americans, that the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" was a good thing to fight the causes of breast cancer.  Wrong.  This article details the relationship between Komen and the largest provider of Abortions in the US, Planned Parenthood.  In fact, additional research provided information that PP of Dallas actually had some of their funding for their building by Komen.  And of course, Brinker was on the PP Board.   Read the article and then do your own research and see what comes to lite.  My wife is still fighting for her life after 2 1/2 years.  Prayers will be very welcome.  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and be truly thankful for all that you have.

http://hliamerica.org/news-commentary/race-for-the-truth-about-the-susan-g-komen-foundation-is-abortion-and-hormonal-contraception-a-prescription-for-breast-cancer/

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

Monday, November 22, 2010

Boston College...Sin Capital of the Jesuit World, Part 3

Since starting this series, additional research and some information from contributors has brought about a very interesting bit of information.  It seems that the Boston Colleges' Connell School of Nursing doesn't believe they need be Catholic either. According to Catholic Culture News;


"The assistant chair of the nursing department at one of the nation’s most prominent Catholic colleges has been associated with Planned Parenthood in two states. The career of Dr. Allyssa Harris, professor of nursing at Boston College, “has included positions at … Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and North Carolina,” according to her website. Dr. Harris received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from the Jesuit institution.
Dr. Harris is the coauthor of “The Latest Advances in Hormonal Contraception,” an article that appeared in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing in 2008. In the abstract of her dissertation research, Dr. Harris wrote that “African American women represent a unique group of women in the United States and have a long history of lack of reproductive freedom. Slavery and forced procreation, sterilization abuses, the Eugenics movement, and federally mandated contraception have all impacted on African American women's independence in contraceptive decision-making … Nurses have a significant role to play in providing appropriate contraceptive information and education in a culturally competent context that will meet the needs of these women and their families.”

One of the comments listed on the story is as follows"

Comment: "A hidden espousal of eugenics by claiming black women have been deprived of reproductive freedom. Curious. This is precisely the reason Planned Parenthood came into existence, to doctor reproduction of minorities to cleanse society. They put happy coat on something that is to be ugly."

A "Catholic" institution run by the Jesuits, supporting Planned Parenthood...now where did I hear that before?   Oh, yeah.  In the very beginning of this post in part one offering free Abortions.  Here they have a "nurse" in a very prominent position that advocates for the killing of black babies by Contraception .  But I digress.  A lot of the Jesuit Colleges support Planned Parenthood or some other type of killing machine that performs abortions. Another article from Catholic Culture News about another Jesuit College:  Canisius College in Buffalo NY supports them and actually teaches them how to collect funds.

"A Jesuit College in Buffalo has helped "maximize [the] personal and company performance" of Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Erie County according to the college's website.  Planned Parenthood has taken part in Canisius College's management development program (MDP), which offers participants "powerful tools and techniques to maximize personal and company performance."  Planned Parenthood is also a past participant in Canisius College's  Fundamentals of Fundraising course.

Enough of the outside influences.  Let's get back to the "Student Affairs" part of this series.  we will start with this little excerpt from The Heights.
(2/23/09) Boston College Students vote to Demand Free Condoms, Other Birth Control.

During the Undergraduate Government elections at Boston College (BC) last week, students passed a "sexual health referendum" by a wide margin.  BC's student leaders are promising to promote to the administration the referendum which demands access to free birth control and condoms on campus.
What started as a campus petition, reportedly receiving the needed 1,000 student signatures in less than 24 hours, the sexual health referendum made it on the ballot due in large part to the efforts of 'BC students for Sexual Health' , according to The Heights, BC's student newspaper.  The referendum calls on Boston College to offer support for "affordable sexually transmitted infections testing, the availability of prescription birth control medication, and condoms on campus."  The actual text of the ballot language is available on the Boston College Website.

The insurance plan for the students and the faculty offers contraceptives and there has been some discussion as to whether Abortions would also be covered, though the Administrations says "no".  Referring back to the very beginning about the "freebie" on the Law school website, I would not rule it out.  Now, at Georgetown, they want non-gender specific housing as if the "hook-up" mentality isn't bad enough. It won't surprise me at all when BC wants it too.
Are you sick yet?  Have these facts enlightened you as to the state of "Catholic Education" at Boston College?  Do you think they are salvageable as a Catholic Institution, or should they be cut adrift and allowed to drown in their own sewer?   How about this quote from Patrick Rombalski, Vice President of the Office of Student Affairs:
"...the State of Massachusetts views BC as an independent organization and not part of the Church.  Of course we are related to the Church but Boston College is an independent not-for-profit, separate from the Church.  That would be true of all Catholic Universities and colleges with very few exceptions." (That is an incorrect statement). Rombalski was quick to assert that although Boston College is legally independent from the Church, it is tied to the Church through philosophy." The Observer

The fact that they don't consider themselves part of the Catholic Church should speak for itself.  The fact that they won't stand up for Catholic teaching and their "Theology" department is anything but; the fact that they advocate for "gay marriage", provide advocacy platforms for the GLBTQ organizations and foster the administration of the programs through campus faculty members that Promote the agenda: they promote promiscuity by not stopping it and now entertaining non-gender specific housing.  Philosophy?  They aren't even in the ballpark!  This is definitely not Catholic.  This borders more on Satanic influences and teaching rather than belief in Jesus Christ and His Life.

The last phase of this is the protection of our youngsters from the "help" provided by the Lynch School of Education.  They have a program designed to aid the grade schools in determining the best way to help the students in a learning, and social approach to education.  This program assesses the needs of the student and tries to direct them in the proper direction  and aligns the student with whatever "social service" the student may need. This would tend to foster the ideas of the BC administration into the lives of grade school children.  Unfortunately, Catholic schools that use programs of dubious origins place the salvation of the Souls of the children at risk The program is the result of the administrators and approved by the administrators that bring you free abortions and birth control.  You want your grade school children exposed to these influences?  It's bad enough in College. Now, they are branching out into secondary education as in the case of Chaminade High School in Dayton, Ohio.  They claim to be "Faithful" ,but use "educational material" from BC.  Kind of makes you wonder just how Catholic they are.  This is supposed to be a 'pilot program' to see how well the system works.  I guess only time will tell.

Sending your children to Boston College or any of the others that don't adhere to Catholic teaching and living, is tantamount to scandalizing your children in the quest for the salvation of their Souls.  Maybe we should petition The Vatican to remove the Jesuits of their Catholic Identity and let them have the school.  At least then they can teach all the heresy they want and it won't affect the Faithful Catholics who believe in Christ and His Church.
Unfortunately, the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cardinal, by not stopping this are actually enabling them in their Heresy...a very sad state of affairs for a "Catholic College."

There is more information available if you are so inclined. We are trying to bring to light the real abuses in Catholic Education.  These schools as profiled are just the beginning, unfortunately.  Please continue to view our Blog and additional school profiles will be available as we can post them.
 
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M


 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Boston College...Sin Capital of the Jesuit World, Part 2

At the end of the first post, I alluded to the fact that there was a different theology at work here other than the Catholic version.  By their own admission, they seem to advocate some different form of belief, that maybe the Church isn't always the final word: It is called "liberation theology."  You have heard the term used in relation to BHO and his "church".
Example:  3/19/09)  BC Theology Department hosting "Jesus Christ as Grand Marshall of Queer America".  
Co-sponsored by U.S. Jesuit Interreligious Advisory Board to Implement "directives".
On March 28th, the Boston College Theology Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Jesuit Interreligious Advisory Board, is hosting a talk by a Loyola Marymount University graduate student Ann Russo entitled, "Jesus Christ as Grand Marshall of Queer America."  According to The Observer, the talk "will address the relationship between the queer community and Christianity."  The article goes on to say that, "In terms of Catholicism, Russo believes that the laity of the Church and liberation theology have been more open to the queer community than 'certain Biblical literalists.'"   The Observer reports that Loyola's Russo expects the Catholic Church, in time, to accept homosexual relationships.  "Queers can embody a Christian lifestyle and still be in healthy homosexual relationships," argues Russo.  The talk, first conceived by the U.S. Jesuit Interreligious Advisory Board, is seen as an implementation of the "directives of the 34th" General Congregation on Dialogue."  Source: The Observer. 

 The folks at Boston College do not refer to themselves as a Catholic School.  They refer to themselves as teaching in the "Jesuit Tradition."  If St. Ignatius were alive today, I have the distinct impression he would go through the order like Jesus went through the Temple; with a whip and chains driving the idolaters from the premises.  I do believe that this is basically what needs to be done here.  As I have stated before, this school advocates for their own version of "truth"  Any similarity to Catholic Doctrine is purely unintentional and definitely a coincidence.

Now on to some of the Academics. What they are actually supposed to be learning for all that money that is being spent.  Let's have a look at the Gender Studies Curriculum.  You do remember this is supposed to be a "Catholic University", right?
This is quite an interesting area of study.  The University Library Guide has the following listings directly from their own posting:

LGBT Studies Courses.

*Sexuality & The Law
*Queer Literary Criticism
*Queer Theory
*Love, Sexuality and Gender in the European Literary Tradition
*Sex, Gender, and the Body in Early Modern England
*Gender & Sexuality in African American History
*Sociology of HIV/AIDS
*HIV/Aids and Ethics
*Psychology of Gender
*Diversity & Cross Cultural Issues
*Couples Therapy
*Family Therapy
*Deviance and Social Control
*Race, Class, & Gender
*Contemporary Race Theory
*Social Protest Theory 

This is a "Catholic School of Higher Learning". Yeah, right.

Here is an example of a course description from a member of the Faculty, James Keenan, S.J.
Sex, Gender, and the Human Body

The scandal in the church prompts us to reexamine in-depth on how church teaching on each of these topics has evolved historically (surprisingly the trajectories do not overlap as much as one might think).  Then we will estimate critically the relevance these teachings have or should have on church members.  We will then turn to contemporary proposals, to see what promise they may hold. 
James Keenan, S.J.
Food for thought, no?  I'm still trying to understand what this course of study is doing at a Catholic University that is supposed to embody the Spirit of God in it's teachings.

We have one more section to go through yet on the "Catholic Boston College", but again space will not permit the continuation.  The final part is on the Student Activities and the Universities "Outreach Educational Programs" with particular attention to one section called "City Connects" (formerly 'Boston Connects').
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Boston College...Sin Capital of the Jesuit World. Part One

We can look at the recent election at the USCCB as the beginning of a new era in Truth and Pastoral Guidance in the Catholic Church.  But first, there is some "garbage" to get rid of.
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We are going to start this out by stating the the President of the BC Law School,  Fr. William Leahy, S.J. has, under extreme pressure, removed a link to Planned Parenthood that offered "pro-bono" Abortions and Contraception.
Remember...Boston College is a "Catholic" University Law School.  Just the beginning.
Boston College is about as far from being Catholic as I am from being an Atheist.  This University has a long history of advocating for the GLBT Agenda.  They go way beyond the teaching and understanding of the  Catholic Church's approach to homosexuality.  They provide a platform for the advancement and furthering of the Gay Agenda.  The Independent Campus newspaper, "The Heights", has penned an editorial on October 7th, 2010 on the cause of "reconciliation" between the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality and the reality as they see it.  I'm all for freedom of the press just as any American should be, but this is supposed to be a "Catholic" University; that means being Catholic. The following is a quote from the paper:

"What does it mean to identify as both GLBTQ and Catholic? How can an institution preach a gospel of love and, at the same time, ignore the fact that rhetoric that does not support GLBTQ persons often ends up harming them? Must all Catholic GLBTQ persons be prescribed lives of celibacy and renunciation, never fully allowed to be a full participant in society?"

Actually, that is exactly what it means. A Catholic Society.  What they are supposed to be teaching here.  They are saying that Church teaching be hanged...look at it from the "humanist" perspective. The rest of the quote:

"The Church has to face the fact that there are thousands, maybe millions (? mine) of Catholics out there praying for some real discussion about the deeply personal struggle in their souls.  This is perhaps, the great theological question of our time, and BC, if it aspires to be a leader in the Catholic world, should explore ways to submit the question to rigorous examination."

At this point, I'm not really sure I want BC to be a "leader in the Catholic world" if this is the kind of leadership they provide.  Continuing on...

"The Catholic Church has one of the world's greatest religious-intellectual traditions.  Faith and reason sometimes make a tenuous pair, but for thousands of years people in the Church have found ways to wed the two.  We hope that at BC, intellectuals of all sexual orientations may come together and work toward fostering discussions about the intersections of faith, love, and sexuality.  GLBTQ rights are a matter of mind and emotion.....It seems that doctrine may tell us one thing-that the Church opposes homosexual unions-but the lives of Catholic people tell us another....
The Church can no longer choose to speak abstractly about this reality in the lives of Catholics. There are persons on this campus who choose to continue to practice the Roman Catholic faith despite the Church's unwillingness to address the condition of their sexuality.  BC needs to become a place where the tangled knot of Catholic Moral Theology on GLBTQ issues can be unraveled and debated by intelligent, thinking believers."

Morals.  These are the absolute basic teachings of Jesus Christ.  I was never under the impression that the Church spoke abstractly about any of these items. There is no 'mind and emotion'. There is no "debate". This is Biblical.   There is NO COMPROMISE with that.  The University has already "compromised" it's own position by the fact that they have the Lesbian and Gay Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association (LGFSAA).  This is the advocacy group of the ones who TEACH your kids.  Real "Catholic" education.

Let's move forward to the Theology Department...if that's what you want to call it.  Two of their better known Theology Professors said it was perfectly OK to vote for Obama, the most outspoken proponent of procured abortions in the history of  Presidential Politics.  First is M. Shawn Copeland, Theology Professor, Boston College.  Next is Lisa Sowle Cahill, Theology Professor at Boston College.  In the National Catholic Reporter (10/16/2008) she said Catholics can vote for Obama; accused outspoken Bishops of "damaging {the} rich Catholic faith tradition."  Wow! Just say "yes" to abortion by saying yes to Obama.  Guess we know how that turned out don't we?

Again:

Boston College Theology Chair Defends Decision to support V-Monologues
1/23/09) " I understand the work is provocative, but that does not translate to the conclusion it is not art." Rev. Kenneth Himes, OFM offered an explanation during an interview with the editor-in-chief of The Observer, first made public at Campus Report Online, for why the Theology department at Boston College is sponsoring the 2009 campus performances of The Vagina Monologues. The following is in full Father Himes' defense of 'the relationship between the Monologues and theology on a Catholic campus."

"Several years ago the then-heqd of the Women's Studies Program asked if theology would cosponsor the performance of the Vagina Monologues  at BC.  It had already been performed on campus previously.  I checked with people at other schools where the 'Monologues' had been held and received mixed reviews from people.  Some thought it useful for exploring women's issues if accompanied by panels and discussions.  In short, it was judged by some to be a non-classroom educational experience.  Others told me they thought it was crude, even vulgar.  No one at BC  indicated to me that the theatrical work was unacceptable and the administration certainly did not prevent its performance.   (emphasis mine) Therefore, I judged the sponsorship request to be reasonable; it came from responsible people, and offered the possibility of conversation on serious matters in the context of an educational community.  I understand the work is provacative, but that does not translate to the conclusion it is not art.  If you had a chance to visit the McMullen Museum to see the wonderful exhibition of Georges Rouault's Works, you know that his work was deemed crude, even vulgar, by some at the time.  So giving or taking offense is not always a sure-fire way to judge the value of an artist's work." Source: Campus report online.  

This, folks from a "Catholic" University's THEOLOGY DEPARTMENT HEAD!!!!  The "Vagina Monologues" are nothing short of Pornography.

And More:

"Merry Christmas: V-Monologues Unwrap $!K from BC Students and Support from Theology Department"

The Student Senate at Boston College voted to allocate $1,000.00 in College Funds for increased 2009 campus productions of "The Vagina Monologues".  The Observer reports that a list of co-sponsors, including the theology department, was presented to the students in support of funding of the oft-criticized, vulgar play. 
The "Vagina Monologues" is a sexually explicit and offensive play that favorably describes lesbian rape, group masturbation, and the reduction of sexuality to selfish pleasure.  It is produced with the hope that by raising the awareness to violence against women, incidents of abuse will decrease....(Yeah, right) Students in support of the 'Monologues" argued that there is a precedent for funding the play, set by previous years.  Boston College has been a consistent host of the play in past semesters."
 
This is your "Boston College Catholic University" in action.

I will continue with this posting in the very near future.  There is so much more to the wonderful world of Boston College and to their great "Theology Department", let alone the rest of the school.  Every word of this posting is totally verifiable from their own website, unfortunately.  My request to Rome would be to remove them from the list of "Catholic" institutions and remove the Jesuits as a "Catholic" organization.  They belong to the Liberation theology movement, not the Catholic Church.  That evidence forthcoming in the nest posting.

I truly hope as Catholics, you can understand what is happening in our Catholic educational system.  Unfortunately, this is not limited to Colleges and Universities...it spreads it venom into grade schools and high schools as future postings will show,  Even BC has a part in the spreading of the false truths and it is already permeating school systems across the Nation. Please be vigilant...the Faith of your children depend on it.
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

Please read the comment that has been added to this post...some "Catholic" college.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

USCCB "election"

In response to Carol's request at The Tenth Crusade, I sent a letter to the Bishop of my Diocese in regard to Bishop Kicanas.  I thought in the interest of true Catholics everywhere, I would post that letter.
Comments would be appreciated since it seems Carol is taking some heat for her efforts.  I'm too old to let that crap bother me.  We only learned it one way...Always advance, even if it's only one foot at a time.

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I would respectfully like to bring to the attention of Bishop Hubbard, the upcoming election for the US Bishops.  Due to the fact that the front runner for the position of leadership is the current vice president, Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas, and he has been associated with the sex-abuse scandal while he was rector of Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary.  He was aware of the sexual misconduct of Father Daniel McCormack but chose to ordain him anyway.  Asked about it, Bishop Kicanas essentially said that he would do it again.  Here is the quote:

“It would have been grossly unfair not to have ordained him,” Bishop Kicanas said shortly after being elected as vice president of the USCCB, in a quote that appears in the deposition of Cardinal Francis George. “There was a sense that his activity was part of the developmental process and that he had learned from the experience,” continued Bishop Kicanas. “I was more concerned about his drinking. We sent him to counseling for that.”

Basically what I am asking is that you NOT consider him for the post of president of the USCCB.  I really don't think you want the problems or scandal that would bring.  The "Catholic Observer" sums it up this way:

“…his election would erode all credibility of the whole USCCB. The PR disaster that would follow would be stunning for the damage it would do. It’s all the USCCB would get done for the foreseeable future… constantly let a story that got ahead of them beat them down.”

I pray that you will talk to other Bishops and choose another of your group to lead.
I bring this to your attention Bishop Hubbard because of your hard line with the sex abuse scandal of Fr. Sam Rodino.  God Bless you in this endeavor and I will be praying for you.

Jesus is Lord!
Tim
 
The USCCB could become totally irrelevant if they decide to make this guy their President.  They might as well have Obama sitting there.
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Comment on "Appearances" indicative of not reading post.

Interesting reply from a Catholic news site, the Blog from the Phoenix Catholic Sun.  Read the comment and then copy and paste the address into your browser and have a look at the schools listed.  If this doesn't make the point that these schools are very secularist oriented, I don't know what does.  Note there is no disagreement with the statement I made about a "Catholic Education"....only that Fulbright Scholars came from there.  I never said the students didn't get an education, just not a Catholic education.  The other schools in the list on their post will be taken up as time goes on.
Remember, we are dealing with "Spiritual Education" here, not the standard run of the mill secular type achievable from any good school such as Harvard or Princeton. Catholic Education goes a lot further than the Fulbright Program from the State Department.  We are talking about Spiritual Growth and strengthening of Faith as well as a degree. 
Jesus is Lord!
Tim

Monday, November 1, 2010

More Obama Catholic "Oppression".

I am re posting an article from The Cardinal Newman Society web page for those of you who don't know about their purpose.  Though I have disagreed with them on some of their approaches to fixing Catholic Education, they do a very good job of being the big "Watchdog" on the block.
Here is their article:

Obama Administration Threatens Independence of Catholic Colleges


In its latest threat to the religious liberty and independence of Catholic colleges and universities, the Obama administration has issued new regulations that open the door to possible state intrusion into curriculum, student policies and hiring decisions.

The regulations issued Friday effectively force many states to increase oversight of postsecondary education through state chartering or licensing, which is a necessary condition for colleges to participate in federal student aid programs.

Most Catholic colleges accept low-cost federal student loans and grants. If forced to forgo federal aid, these colleges would be at a disadvantage in recruiting students.

“The door is opened for state politicians and bureaucrats who would impose their social agendas on private and religious colleges,” warned Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.

“Already the Obama administration has seized direct ownership of student loans, and now a college’s eligibility for student loans is subject to the political whims of its state legislators and regulators. Many states have demonstrated callous disregard for the religious identity of Catholic colleges, from mandating contraceptive coverage in student and employee health plans to requiring employee benefits for same-sex couples.”

Although the Higher Education Act has long required state authorization for a college to participate in federal aid programs, many states do not aggressively monitor colleges and their consent was assumed unless otherwise reported to the U.S. Education Department. The new regulations require state approval of colleges “by name” and a state process “to review and appropriately act on” complaints about any approved institution.

When issuing the regulations Friday, the Education Department acknowledged that it had received complaints from college leaders that “a State’s role may extend into defining, for example, curriculum, teaching methods, subject matter content, faculty qualifications, and learning outcomes.” Others feared that states might “impose homogeneity upon institutions that would compromise their unique missions.”

In response, federal officials agreed that the new regulations do “not limit a State’s oversight of institutions.”

Last year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic institution in North Carolina, must cover birth control in its employee health insurance plan despite the college’s religious objections. An appeal to the EEOC is under review.

Catholic colleges and students may also not be protected from similar mandates for abortion and contraceptive insurance coverage under the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—i.e., President Obama’s health care overhaul.

After the EEOC ruling against Belmont Abbey College, The Cardinal Newman Society launched its project to defend the religious liberty of Catholic colleges through its division, The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. The Center published three papers—from experts in law, health insurance and ethics—to help Catholic colleges defend against government mandates for employee health benefits that violate Catholic morality.

Later this month, the Center will release a new legal analysis prepared by a prominent legal interest organization on steps Catholic colleges must take to defend themselves against increasing threats to their Catholic identity.