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.
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!