Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

I would like to thank all the folks that have visited us since we started this year and wish you all a Safe and Prosperous 2011.  We are working on the second part of our Midwest colleges and hope to have the new posting up by 1/5/11.  God Bless you all.
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Note on Cincinnati.

It pains me deeply to have to write about this Archdiocese.  I grew up there and went to school there.  The really bad part is that my own Alma Mater is the next to come under scrutiny, and that really makes me sad. Not only the College, but my High School as well. We are working on this as we approach the Birth of Our Lord.

 I want to wish everyone a Blessed and Joyous Christmas...the Birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ!!!

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M 

  

Monday, December 20, 2010

Xavier University (Cincinnatti)....What the Archdiocese of Cincinnatti Allows to Happen.

We will start out this portion on "Catholic In Name Only" (CINO) schools by bringing to the forefront another Jesuit school in the "Jesuit" Tradition.  I wonder what there is about this place that could be called truly Catholic?

We will start with the Women's Center.  The Women's Center Film Collection has in it's library films that are questionable in a Catholic Environment.  One such film is called "Sexuality and Social Justice".  Here is a synopsis from the Center for the review of the film.  Remember this is a "Catholic College". Please pay close attention to who they are extolling in this review.  Understand that they are Promoting this film.

“Sexuality and Social Justice” is a comprehensive look at women’s efforts to shape their own destinies and establish a system of justice not only for themselves, but for all Americans. The issues touched upon range from the valiant Margaret Sanger’s crusade to provide all women a means of birth control to the Women’s Liberation Movement.  Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, Grace Slick, Shere Hite, Barbara Boxer and Joan Baez are among the contributors offering their insight in this definitive program about women and their role in shaping America. (95 mins.)
 As we see listed above, they review the film calling the crusading Eugenicist Margaret Sanger, "valiant".  Since when is a proponent of Abortion and Population Selection "valiant"?  Look at the list of the rest of the women profiled.  Everyone of them in favor of Killing the Unborn.  Great School, huh?

Then we have that ever catchy word "Diversity".  This poor word seems to be the brunt of everything from candy to GLBT groups.  Here is a film they think might be " an invaluable tool for all educators interested in introducing students to issues of representation and diversity in the media."

Off the Straight & Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals & Television
How are we to make sense of the transformation in gay representation-- from virtual invisibility before 1970 to the "gay chic" of today? Off the Straight & Narrow is the first in-depth documentary to cast a critical eye over the growth of gay images on TV. Leading media scholars provide the historical and cultural context for exploring the social implications of these new representations. Off the Straight & Narrow challenges viewers to consider the value and limits of available gay images: who is represented, what they get to say, and how people respond to them. The video is an invaluable tool for all educators interested in introducing students to issues of representation and diversity in the media. 

Here we are again.  A Catholic School....I'm sorry...a CINO school Advocating the GLBT lifestyle against Catholic Teaching.
How about we look at the University Sanctioned Xavier Alliance?  This is a GLBTQ "ADVOCACY" group that is conducting active programs including 'coming out' week and the Cincinnati Youth Summit, some of the sponsors include GLSEN, PFLAG, and even Jewish Family Service (Cincinnati).


This is only one area within the University.

Let's have a look at the Internship programs that are offered by this "Catholic" school.  One such organization they send their students to is a group called "National Human Services Assembly".  This organization lists as some of it's affiliates 'Girls, Inc.'...an advocate and proponent of Abortion for girls.  This group deals with girls as young as 5 and six years old.  Here we have a "Catholic" school sending it students into an environment that encourages Abortion.  GLSEN is also a group affiliated with this organization.  I guess they don't care at Xavier about the souls of the students they teach.  But why should they?  After all, Jesuits don't teach "Catholic" theology, they teach Jesuit theology...totally different animal.  A former student of Loyola in New Orleans lists the teaching as: Professors will stress a "commitment to serving others," "social justice," and "educating the whole person," which are all Jesuit ideals. Going to a Jesuit school is more defined by the style in which you are educated rather than a commitment to any religious principles." Catholic, huh?  It seems to be a pattern in Jesuit Institutions to skirt the Catholic and teach the "Jesuit".  They are NOT the same as the statement said.

Of course the Womens and Gender studies group has a complete course on GLBTQ studies in the Social Work area.  Remembering that this is a so-called "Catholic" school, you might expect to find some reference to religion in the area of Social work.  Two courses are offered that mention the word "Religion".  The total amount of courses offered in this Social work area, not including the Core courses required by the University, are 47.  Only TWO that have anything to do with religion, and not one of them specifies Catholicism.  Not ONE.  These courses are listed in their catalog and give the required prerequisites and course of study in order to take them.  Oh yeah...one entire course dedicated to the study of LGBT lifestyle.  Here is the Course title and description.
SOCW 338 - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer StudiesThis course is designed to provide students with a foundation for understanding sexual identity in contemporary U.S. society and to introduce students to the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies. The course is organized around three general themes: identity development and the politics of identity; the historical legacy of LGBT movements; and contemporary political, legal, and social issues facing LGBTQ communities. Students will address key concepts and debates about sexuality through the lens of various disciplines, including sociology, history, literature, psychology, economics, and cultural studies. 



Of course, the residence halls are Co-Ed by wing or in the case of the apartment complexes, Co-Ed by apartment.  I guess it's OK to have a co-ed dorm...makes the "hook-up" that much easier, especially in the apartments.

Xavier has a very high rating as far as secular colleges go.  It would make a very good copy of Ohio State or Ohio University.  Both are outstanding State Schools.  Maybe the Archbishop should look into giving OSU or OU first dibs on the remnants of this once Catholic School.  It sure isn't anymore.

There is one more thing that you should know about Xavier...they have a high school with the same name in Cincinnati.  The high school has an active group of GLBT folks that even have a website set up for the high school. Though they state that the website and the group is not sanctioned by the school, the fact that it exists at all kind of makes you wonder.  The Jesuits teach your kids in this place as well.  Maybe you should look into what the curriculum entails as far as the teaching of human sexuality at the 9-12 level.  With an active GLBT organization at the high school, I wouldn't doubt they have the same views of homosexuality and gay marriage that are taught at the college.  And the Archdiocese just gave Xavier High School high marks for their education and recently had them listed as the 'featured school:  They state their "Mission" as follows:

Mission
To assist young men in their formation as leaders and men for others through rigorous college preparation in the Jesuit tradition.  Where is the "Catholic" tradition?

They also state they believe in Jesus Christ as the model for all human life, yet they don't follow the teachings of Christ when it comes to homosexuality, Abortion, Contraceptives or belief in the teachings of the Church.  I'm sorry, but the two are diametrically opposed.  I'm going to put a link to their page on their mission.  As you read it, be aware that the entire section is predicated on the above Mission Statement. Pay close attention to the section on 'We Believe', and the section on 'We Assist'.  In only one place is the word "Catholic" used.  It's not difficult to see how easy it would be for a child to be led to the other side.  Too much concentration on social issues and not enough on Faith formation. (http://www.stxavier.org/page.cfm?p=9)

You can make up your own mind as to the way the Magisterium in the Vatican wants Catholicism taught or you can see how the Jesuits teach it according to their "U.S. Jesuit Interreligious Advisory Board".

If you need to refresh your memory on what that does, see the post:   Boston College...Sin Capital of the Jesuit World, Part 2.

Maybe the Archdiocese of Cincinnati should start looking into the CINO colleges in their purview.  Dayton's next.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

P.S.
There was one thing that I failed to add to this post which I feel is sort of indicative of how the Archdiocese just turns a blind eye to what is happening in the CINO schools...remember what was said about their practices above and then read the following statement from the Xavier "Center for Catholic Education".  This comes directly from their website:

Welcome to the Center for Catholic Education

Michael Graham, S.J., Xavier’s President, has committed the University to engaging students intellectually, morally, and spiritually - with rigor and compassion - toward lives of solidarity, service, and success. This is Xavier’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and heritage. The Center for Catholic Education is one way that Xavier specifically promotes its identity and heritage by assisting Catholic schools in the transmission of the faith and the development of Catholic education.
Xavier University, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Schools Office, has already developed a most successful pilot program - the Initiative for Catholic Schools - whose professional development programs for Catholic teachers and whose partnerships with neighboring Catholic schools have helped to develop challenging mathematics, science, and technology curricula for participating schools. The Center’s goals and its way of work hold promise for further accomplishments.
I don't know if I would like for this University to spread it's brand of "Catholicism" around to my kids. I would prefer the Orthodox teachings of the Catholic Church which Xavier doesn't seem to espouse. Maybe the Archdiocese' Catholic Schools Office had better go take a lesson from the Catechism as to what it means to be Catholic.  They obviously feel teaching homosexuality is OK because they don't say anything about the Colleges actions.   I guess the Archbishop is willing to "overlook" the teachings of the College as long as they pay lip service to "Catholic Education".  Maybe this Bishop should go back to Duluth where he apparently was well liked.  It is obvious that the "Progressive Secular" form of "Catholic" education  is alive and well at Xavier with no interference from the Shepard.  Too Bad.

University of Dayton is next.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

Friday, December 17, 2010

New Post

We are working on a new set of schools in the Mid-West...(don't want to slight anyone!) so we hope to have the new one up by Tuesday, 21 Dec. 2010. 
Pray for us.
Thank you.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

College of Holy Cross...One More Time...This Might Make You Sick.


First a quick note on Carol McKinley's The Tenth Crusade.http://throwthebumsoutin2010.blogspot.com/ She has some new information on the corruption at the "Cardinal's Palace".  You really need to see it and then act on whatever you can to bring the abuses to light in the public venue.  You don't have to be a Bostonian to expose greed and corruption.

Now, to the Post. 

A question came to us as to what the College does to help train it's students in the way of Internships.  As you may know, not all "Catholic" colleges actually send their students to good Catholic approved Intern Programs.  Just look at Georgetown on this Blog; that should give you a good idea.
Well, CHC is no different.  They send students to the National Organization of Women.  This is the same group that works with NARAL in procuring Abortions for women.  They subsidize and help fund the Pro-Abortion folks.  Holy Cross sends them student interns.  A "Catholic College" sending young people to learn the intricacies of killing babies.  NOW has become more of an Abortion Group than one for the good of women.  Advocating killing a baby and the resulting increase in Breast Cancer just doesn't seem like a good idea for anyone, let alone a Catholic College. Then we have one you never really would have expected.  This will probably really surprise a lot of people, but the facts speak for themselves. The College of Holy Cross already supports Planned Parenthood as you know from the previous posting.  Allowing them on campus was just the beginning.  How about supporting a direct provider of Abortion by giving them your students for Interns.  CHC does just that by allowing and even encouraging their students to intern with...
Ready?...The American Medical Women's  Association.  Here is a copy of their Advocacy Statements, but not in their entirety.  It's about 10 pages long in PDF.  We will start with an interesting one:

May 7, 2007---- endorsed Rep Michael Michaud’s bill, HR 2064, the Compassionate care for Servicewomen Act, to ensure that emergency contraception is stocked at each military health-care facility.("Plan "B")

May 29, 2007----signed on with ACLU, NARAL, National Abortion Federation, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Ass., National Women’s Law Center, Planned Parenthood, Reproductive Health Technologies Project to oppose the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendment of 2007, S.1082, which includes mifepristone.(RU 486)  It has been used safely since 1988 when it was first licensed in France and should not be held to a different standard than other drugs. Letter was sent to Senator E. Kennedy.

May 31, 2007--- individual AMWA members in conjunction with PNHP signed on online to promote Michael Moore’s film, Sicko, which will be premiering June 29, 2007 bringing the case for single payer health insurance to the theaters of America. 

June 11, 2007----sent an email to Adam Zimmerman at Pro-Choice America to oppose the Senate considering the nomination of Richard Honaker to the US District Court in Wyoming because his views on reproductive rights and religion will adversely affect the reproductive rights women have gained.

August 13, 2007---Drs. Claudia Morrissey and Omega Silva attended the meeting of the National Women’s Health Agenda Taskforce to discuss the creation of a plan for universal access to healthcare. The group sought a definition of health and decided to use the WHO definition. The group agreed on a general description of quality healthcare which is to be ratified by the groups represented
(Not an American View)
  
September 24, 2007---Dr. Omega Silva attended the Policy Discussion of the American Public Health Association on Nov. 4, 2007 at the Renaissance Hotel 3:00-6:00 pm to discuss AMWA’s Aid in Dying position paper. The APHA was considering a similar position paper. Kathryn Tucker, JD is the author of the paper.




September 26, 2007---AMWA released its new 2007 version of Aid in Dying position paper. It is available on the website at www.amwa-doc.org

I'd like to insert a note here.  This paper listed above is the program that the American Medical Women's Association has published on assisted suicide and the right to die. This is a Medical Association that is advocating assisted suicide.  They call the organization "Compassion and Choices".  The College of Holy Cross is supposed to be Catholic and yet they affiliate with a group that endorses and even advocates the taking of one's own life as well as assisted suicide.  Maybe their Bishop really ought to look into this school as being fit to be even considered Catholic.  I'll put a link to this for your enlightenment. http://www.compassionandchoices.org/page.aspx?pid=235

There is one more page you need to look at with this group.  It is their position statement page.  I will give you a direct link to the whole thing, but I must warn you that it will turn your stomach to think that Doctors want to kill babies as much as these people seem to want to do. I was under the impression that Doctors took a Hippocratic Oath to defend life.  Where has that Oath gone?  http://www.amwa-doc.org/page3-8/PositionStatments

One section in particular that you should read is the position on Abortion. You will find that listed under the heading of "Reproductive Health".  

This is a terrible indictment of the College of Holy Cross for its complicity in the support for Abortion.  I can not believe that a "Catholic" College, no matter how stupid they are would openly endorse and send students into an environment that would make them complicit in the murder of the unborn.  That just goes to show you how wrong a person can be.

I would think that this is a real indictment of this particular organization as far as being pro-Abortion.  When I began this research, I wasn't sure what I would find.  The fact that a Jesuit College sends students to this group is really very deeply disturbing.  I wonder if the Bishop is aware of the curriculum being fostered at Holy Cross?  Maybe someone should send him a copy of this Blog entry...it might just wake him up...Naw, what was I thinking.  If he didn't act at an overt violation by the school of having Abortionists on campus, he surely won't do anything about your daughters being sent to this group to learn how to kill the unborn when it's done off-campus.

I would like to have you thoughts on this entry.  Contacting the Bishop and stating the case could be a way of getting him involved.  If you have children wanting to go to the College of Holy Cross and you feel their Faith is strong enough to withstand this type of onslaught, then by all means, send them.  Personally, I would look for a better Catholic school....one that really puts forth the real Catholic Educational Experience.  Trying to learn in an environment that taxes your Faith at the same time it wreaks havoc on your brain is not the best of ideas.  Please consider a Good Catholic School.


Jesus Is Lord!

Tim M

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Boston College, Still At It...Pt 3

This is the last part of this Trilogy.  It was meant to give some impetus to the "Choose Life" part of Catholic Education.  BC says it's Catholic.  Tolerating Abortion Advocates and their "Culture of Death" at a Catholic University is absurd.  But the Jesuits in their approach to "Academic Freedom" seem to permit anything to happen. 
This article as it appeared in The Observer will illustrate what this post is about.  When you advocate the killing of an unborn child by Abortion, you lose your 'right' to speak at a Catholic Institution.

Kudo's to the Pro-Life Club.


A Week for the Voiceless



Elections are drawing near, and the BC Pro-Life Club’s Respect Life Week comes just in time to remind us to consider the voteless and voiceless.  The Pro-Life Club made its presence on campus felt as it hosted events and demonstrations throughout the week.  The annual event sparked dialogue, debate, and some controversy as Thursday’s Celebrate Life Day even drew some protestors.The week started off with events held in the quad on Monday and Wednesday. The first of these was called “Consider This: The Child in the Womb.”  Students passing through the quad were met with a very moving display of images depicting the development of the child in the womb.  The second exhibit consisted of an emotional display of baby shoes intended to represent the unborn lost to abortion, but was unable to be displayed due to the weather.  Respect Life Week went on though, and hosted its next event later that day. BC professor Tim Muldoon gave a lecture entitled “A Cloud in the Desert: a Spirituality of Adoption” to an audience of mostly students in the O’Connell house’s main room.  The professor spoke in general about the nature of adoption and its impact on the abortion debate, but he also provided specific insights stemming from his own experience with adopting his two daughters from China.  His presentation began with an overview, and then lead into a statistical look at the situation of adoption in America and the world.  He pointed out, “there are more parents looking to adopt than there are adoptable children”, a point that certainly lends credence to his notion of adoption as an alternative to abortion, and is certainly a statistic that any pro-lifer should arm themselves with.
Professor Muldoon acknowledged that adoption is not the ideal situation; it would generally be better for children to be raised by their birth parents.  In a perfect world, the circumstances that bring about a need for adoption would not happen.  However, pregnancies do arise in situations where raising children might not be possible, and Muldoon’s lecture reminds that abortion is not the only option. 
The Pro-Life Club closed out the week with Celebrate Life Day on Thursday.  Students in the club gave a friendly face to their cause as they provided students passing through the quad with free cake as well as pamphlets and information with pregnancy statistics and resources.  This was in keeping with the goal of the weeklong celebration, which was, as Pro-Life Club president Dana Flynn put it, “to promote a positive pro-life presence on campus”. 
Interestingly, the cheerful event drew a few protesters to the quad, who stood opposite the table with signs bearing pro-abortion slogans.
This years Respect Life Week was a testament to the club’s mission to “inform and support, rather than judge or condemn”.  By focusing on being informative and helpful, the Respect Life Week has definitely raised the profile of the pro-life presence on our campus.  As our Catholic university works to maintain its identity in the modern age, it is events like these that help us do just that by spreading information and sparking educated and friendly debate.


As you can see, the paper The Observer doesn't really get it.  They seem to think that it's alright to advocate for the free exchange of the idea of killing an unborn child.  There is a lot of propaganda going on here.  There is never a "friendly debate" over killing an unborn child.  That's Murder, any way you cut it.  I guess the attitude of the Administration is what's at play here.  It would seem that when you aren't Catholic anymore, it really doesn't matter, does it?


Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M



Just a quick note here...if it seems as though BC or Cof HC are getting the lions share of attention, just realize that this is just the tip of the Iceburg:  80% is under water as the Titanic found out.  MUCH more to come!!

Boston College Still At It. Pt. 2

Sifting through the garbage can be an interesting experience. That was the stated purpose of this Blog when it was launched.  Seeing the garbage that is being taught as "Moral Theology" is disgusting.  Unfortunately, since the Catholic Church abdicated it's authority over the "Catholic" schools by not enforcing their control, there really isn't much they can say.  They have really screwed up.  They have fomented the atmosphere in these schools that whatever they want to teach in the name of "Academic Freedom" is perfectly alright.  In a word..."BULLS--T".

Sorry if the word offends anyone.  It was meant to.  Wake Up Catholics!!!  We have to take back our classrooms and teach Catholicism again.  This "Neuvo Catholic Idea" is not Catholic teaching.  Our Colleges and Universities are nothing more than Saul Alinski look-a-likes.  The one thing these schools understand is MONEY...cut it off and you have back your control.  Choosing the right school to spend your money and get a good education is very important.  A good Catholic education will be hard to get, especially at Boston College.  It is a real scandal.

As promised, here is another article from The Observer on the "hook-up" mentality of the students at Boston College.  This is where co-ed dorms and "non-gender specific" housing can get you.  I received an e-mail today from a great Catholic Bishop who was "forced" out of his Diocese because of tough questions he asked of his Universities.  If he doesn't ask the questions and expect answers, can we?  Is the Catholic Church so wishy-washy that it will permit heresy to be taught in it's schools?  Well, if BC or Georgetown are any examples, my answer to that question would be an unequivocal "YES". Here is the article.  When you read it, weep.  These are your kids.

Sex and the Single Student



students packed into Cushing 001 to hear philosophy professor Kerry Cronin’s talk, “Sex and the Single Student.” The Saint Thomas More Society sponsored the event, which was standing room only before Professor Cronin even arrived.
She began her talk by recounting a trip to White Mountain with BC seniors eight years ago. Toward the end of their outing, she asked them how they felt about leaving behind the relationships and boyfriends or girlfriends they had during their years at BC. Their response took Professor Cronin by surprise.
The seniors explained that relationships and dating don’t happen at BC. Instead, students hookup. This was news to Professor Cronin and provided the impetus for further inquiry. It sparked many conversations she had with students about the hookup or “physical intimacy with no perceived follow-up.”
Professor Cronin delineated three groups into which students generally fall. There are those students in “pseudo-marriages” who have very intense, time consuming relationships. Second, there are those students who participate in the hookup culture. Finally, there are those who opt out of the hookup culture.
In focusing on the second group, Cronin categorized five kinds of hookups: the pure hookup, the regular hookup, friends with benefits, the mistake hookup, and the hookup with hope of a future relationship.
Professor Cronin pointed out that the hookup culture, at first glance, seems very laidback and stress-free. However, if you dig deeper, you’ll find many unspoken rules at play. She listed ten rules of the hookup culture—among them the requirements to be chill (not awkward), drink alcohol, not talk, not act interested, and to remove one’s feelings completely.
Many laughs were shared throughout the night, especially with some hookup rules like “know where your shoes are” and “it’s a good story—now tell it to people.” Some people nodded their head as Professor Cronin listed each rule, simultaneously laughing and acknowledging the truths about the hookup culture that she was delivering.
The humor in Professor Cronin’s presentation comes from the absurdity and complete lack of meaning that drives the mentality of the hookup culture.(Emphasis mine) She conveyed how her conversations with students revealed that they had become sad, depressed, and confused about what to do after the momentary thrill of the hookup had subsided.
Having diagnosed the problem, Cronin offered her prescription—the alternative to the hookup culture—a thing called “dating.” She explained a “Level One” date to the crowd. It lasts 45 to 90 minutes, but no longer than 90 minutes. There is no alcohol, and you must ask your date out in person. The person who asks should also pay.
The “Level One” date is information gathering, essentially saying to the other person, “I’d like to get to know you better as a person.” This stands in stark contrast to the hookup mentality, militantly propagated under the euphemism Boston College Students for Sexual Health, which desensitizes people to relationships and attachment while objectifying others’ bodies.
The night ended with 3 gift certificate prizes—all to local eating establishments and with the encouragement for the winners to go on dates. They included $25 to JP Licks, $50 to Finale and $100 to Tartufo.
Professor Cronin’s relatable, accessible presentation resonated well with the audience. The great turnout is a testament to the relevance of her message. You know what a Level One date is. So what are you waiting for? Go ask someone out to coffee, and move BC one step closer to being a campus of meaningful relationships… “men and women for others.”
 
Dating.  Gee, what a novel approach.  Not 'jumping someones bones' as soon as you meet them.  As you can see, even some of the faculty are not aware of what is really going on at these schools.  It's no wonder our graduating seniors don't have any goals or morals.  They have been given the "run of the place" so to speak and as a result Catholic Moral Behavior doesn't exist in their life.  The administration could get involved in this if they want to, but they could care less.  After all, the head of the law school was offering Planned Parenthood "pro-bono" abortions on the Law school website not too long ago. 

It's time "Cardinal Sean" for BC to be "Catholic" again, if it ever was.  After all, they don't advertise an education in the Catholic Tradition, just in the "Jesuit Tradition".  We all know how that goes. If they won't adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church, "Through Them Out".  We don't have room for heretics in the Church.  Many a heresy has been dealt with in the past and this is no different, just a little newer.  Fidelity to Catholic teaching is not a choice at a Catholic College...it's a requirement. 

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

Boston College Still at it.

In continuing research, we have discovered that more and more of the professors and administrators at BC are truly NOT Catholic.  I am going to post, in its entirety, an article from The Observer dated Nov 2, 2010.  I want you to pay particular attention to the article in regards to Catholic teaching on sexuality.  Be mindful, the person in the article is supposed to be "an associate professor of Moral Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University."  Remember, that this is a "Catholic Jesuit School".  The views expressed here are what is being TAUGHT in these universities.  God Help us all.  The Article:

Women, Virtue, and Sexuality

On Wednesday, the C21 Center brought Lisa Fullam, an associate professor of Moral Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University to speak on the topic “the role of virtue ethics in framing the conversation on sexuality in the context of a Catholic university.” Kerry Cronin, the Director of the Lonergan Institute, introduced Fullam.
Fullam began with a look at the history of the opinion of female sexuality. St Augustine taught that sex was sinful if it was enjoyed. St. Thomas Aquinas believed that women were subordinate and defective, only serving the purpose of procreation. Women were held to be weaker in body, mind, and spirit and are therefore less inclined to virtue and rationality.
The view that Fullam posits is that sexuality is much broader than sex and that a human person is first and foremost a sexual being. Philosophically, the question that should be raised is, “What are the virtues of character that enlighten the end goal of a sex life?” She then offered a three dimensional goal for sexual relationships: feel for incarnation, ability for intimacy, and an eye for insight. Incarnation means the human as a union of spirit and matter. A feel for this incarnation is a closer bond between partners, to love others and ourselves as incarnate beings. It is incomplete to value the other only for the body but also to ignore the beauty of the body and see only the spirit.  To only value the body is lust, which is wrong, opposed to “correct” sexual desire.
The ability for intimacy is a matter of depth and degree of the relationship. It helps to keep an eye on the whole relationship, using sex to express the whole person. Insight is more than perception but is a deeper awareness of the other person. It allows one to see beyond the partners in a relationship; to see the relationship in terms of society and God. It leads to compassion for others through our own mistakes.
A handout given to those present listed the Cardinal Virtues for Sexuality that Fullam compiled as a student of Fr. Jim Kennan. These are: Self-Care, Justice, Fidelity, and Prudence. Self-Care perfects the relationship to self, Justice perfects relationships with society, Fidelity perfects special relationships like those between partners, siblings, parents and children, and Prudence perfects practical reason.
The Virtue of Fidelity was broken down into three parts.  The first two, to Exercise Freedom and to Seek and Foster Security are reciprocal parts that together Cultivate Mutuality. Fullam explained that when one experiences the wonder or awe of the partner, and is also humbled, the pathway is opened up for honesty about feelings, hopes, and desires. A person grows in these virtues by practicing them. (I'm still trying to determine what is meant by "Virtue" here.)
Fr. Kennan responded to Fullam’s presentation by talking about the tradition of sex and morality. He explained that until 1965, priests were trained in moral theology simply to be able to determine what was sin and what was not, as opposed to knowing the difference between good things and bad things. The understanding of sex was very basic, the only concern was if it was sinful or not. This issue was not raised in Protestant faith traditions because Luther decided to get married at the beginning of the Reformation. The face of moral theology changed drastically in 1975 when Lisa Cahill became the first laywoman theologian.(Yeah, Obama's friend and "advisor" in things "Catholic")
During the questions following the two presentations, an audience member asked Fullam about her opinion of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Fullam takes issue with the opinion of the role of women in the Theology of the Body. She asks, if gender or sex are intrinsic, where is there space for those seeking equality between men and women?
She also challenges the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church that the primary purposes sexual intercourse are to express love between spouses and procreation.

Speaking from her training in veterinary medicine,(What?) she explained that it is obvious when female animals are ovulating but not for female humans. If sex is only for procreation, she says, we should know when females are ovulating and only have sex in that window of time. But because human practices are different than animals, there must be something more to human sexuality.

Well, I guess you know where they stand at Santa Clara don't you.  Some "Catholic Professor".  Sex is viewed as an activity, not the culmination of Spousal Love.  She is indicating here that it's OK to have pre-marital sex.  This is a "Catholic" Professor? The problem with this entire approach is begging the question of Marriage.  At what point in this entire article is the word "spouse"?  Oh, in the part that she DISSAGREES with. She doesn't feel that "spousal love" is the primary reason for sexual intercourse.  It seems that all she is talking about as is Fr. Kennan, is a "partner".  Sex is to be between married people.  Advocating the idea that it's OK if you have sex with a person  not your spouse, is NOT Catholic teaching on Sexuality.
 
We have come up with a few additional articles that are very informative as to the sexual morals of the students at BC.  The second part of this post is coming up immediately following this one.  BC is no worse than any other State school.  Ohhh...it's supposed to be "Catholic".  In a pig's eye!
I hope Cardinal Sean reads this, because we are just getting started.  The Archdiocese of Boston and Boston College are in drastic need of an overhaul. One gets the impression they like the ideas of Roman Polanski rather than the teachings of Jesus Christ..  I hope Rome get's a copy of all this...they obviously aren't looking on their own.
Jesus is Lord!
Tim M

 
 



Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Pope and Condoms

Welcome.

With all the controversy and 'crap' floating around in cyberspace about this topic, I thought I would go to a very reliable source and try to gleen some insight for us all into what actually was said and how the stupid stuff started.

I went to the National Catholic Bioethics Center ( http://www.ncbcenter.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=183 ) and asked permission of them to copy their November 22 article on the problem.  I have included their link and if you so desire, you can check out their web site for yourselves.  Very informative and detailed.

Here is their article:
 
The Pope and Condoms
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 10:14:00 AM
John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L.
NCBC President

November 22, 2010.  It is difficult teaching moral truth in a day of instant communication and media manipulation. The publication of a series of interviews with Pope Benedict XVI by the journalist Peter Seewald, Light of the World, is a case in point. In reading an advance copy of the book, one knew the mass media would immediately focus on one thing and one thing alone: the Pope’s remarks on condom use and the struggle to prevent the spread of AIDS.
Indeed, the first headline that I encountered after excerpts of the book were released was: “Pope OK’s Condoms”. 
Briefly, this is what the Pope actually said: Condoms are neither the effective way nor the moral way to stop the spread of AIDS (the Church “does not regard it as a real or moral solution”). He also said, “we cannot solve the problem by distributing condoms”. He states that the AIDS epidemic has resulted in large measure from the irresponsible and selfish use of sexuality. Then he expresses hope for the conversion of a sinner by suggesting that the use of a condom MIGHT be an expression of his concern for the “other”. This might be seen therefore a first step toward loving and respecting the “other” so that he would eventually embrace a life of either fidelity or abstinence, the only approaches which have truly proven to be successful.
There has been debate for years over the moral legitimacy of the use of condoms by discordant couples, that is, couples in which one member is HIV positive or has AIDS. There are two fundamental moral problems which stoke this debate. First of all, taking into account the high failure rate of condoms, would it be morally licit for a spouse to put his wife’s health and even life at risk for the sake of sexual intercourse? It is difficult to see how this could be justified. The marital act is to be love-giving and open to life. In the case of a spouse with AIDS, intercourse even with a condom could well be a potentially death-dealing act.
The second fundamental moral problem has to do with the contraceptive character of condoms. It is true that the use of a condom in a single case might diminish the risk of the transmission of the AIDS virus but it could also have a contraceptive effect. The Church’s unchanging and unwavering position on the immorality of contraception is well known. But there were some moral theologians who tried to argue that the condom was not being used to contracept but rather to lower the risk of spreading AIDS. The contraceptive effect was merely foreseen but not intended. With such an understanding, it was argued, the use of the condom would not actually be an act of contraception but of disease prevention.
The matter continues to be debated among theologians but the more common opinion among moralists faithful to the magisterium is that the use of the condom would be wrong because it could endanger the life of the spouse and could be an act of contraception.
It is interesting that the Pope entirely sidesteps this particularly vexing debate by the example he uses to consider condom use. He reflects on the decision of a (presumably homosexual) male prostitute to use a condom. In such a case, there can be no question of the contraceptive effect of the condom. Consequently his example does not relate to the debate over the use of condoms by discordant couples.
But interestingly the Pope does not really reflect on the question of the effectiveness of condom use in reducing the transmission of AIDS. He rather wants to reflect on the moral state of the person who would use it with the hope that that person would begin to assume moral responsibility for his sexual activity. There is no question that the Church considers acts of prostitution and homosexuality to be gravely immoral and disordered. However, the Church in her love of souls always looks for some indication that the sinner might “come to his senses”. In the case at hand, the Pope says the use of a condom in a particular case MIGHT be “a first step in the direction of . . . a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed. . .”
Obviously this first POSSIBLE step in the direction of “moralization” cannot make an act of prostitution or homosexuality or contraception good. But it does indicate that the moral conscience might still be alive and might eventually bring one to conversion and new life.
A careful reading of the text could not possibly lead one to conclude that the Pope has approved condom use. He says quite explicitly: “it is not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection.” Indeed, it can aggravate it. Prof. Edward C. Green of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at Harvard University would seem to agree with the Pope. He wrote in a recent book, Affirming Love, Avoiding AIDS: What Africa Can Teach the West (Matthew Hanley and Jokin de Irala, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, 2010), “In fact, [condom use] might actually contribute to higher levels of infection because of the phenomenon of risk compensation, whereby people take greater sexual risks because they feel safer than they really ought to because they are using condoms at least some of the time.”
The interview with Pope Benedict indicates no change in Church teaching but is a renewed call for chastity and abstinence as the most effective means of fighting the spread of AIDS.

I hope that this can clarify any questions anyone may have about this situation.  Condoms are STILL not allowed by the Catholic Church.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M