This goes WAY over the line!
Dear friend of Catholic education,
A serious scandal has been averted... at least in part!
Thanks to God, and to your prayers and support for The Cardinal Newman Society's work...
It's difficult to imagine a more blatant betrayal of the Church!
...Loyola Marymount University (LMU) appears to have canceled its fundraiser for the plaintiffs in a Supreme Court case to legalize same-sex "marriage."
But our work is not done...
And there is more to come! As the 2012-13 academic year is just getting started, so are the scandals at wayward Catholic colleges.
...because LMU still plans to present a student and faculty reading of the play "8", which promotes gay "marriage"--just without collecting donations.
I am writing to urge your help in alerting Catholic families, the media and Catholic blogs, and the bishops about the LMU travesty and similar concerns. By "shining the light," we can do much to put an end to such scandals!
Please pass on the following details to others. And please...
So what's the story with LMU? You may recall that California voters approved "Proposition 8" four years ago to defend marriage. Outrageously, two San Francisco judges struck down the law this year.
...your prayers and immediate donation can help us expose this scandal and others, while assisting college leaders to renew faithful Catholic higher education.
The Catholic bishops condemned the ruling, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan lamented:
Well, the same could be said of Loyola Marymount University.
"The people of California deserve better. Our nation deserves better. Marriage deserves better."
The organization behind the lawsuit against Proposition 8, now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, is the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), an aggressive opponent of traditional marriage laws.
Sadly, it's true. On September 7, the university will present the pro-gay "marriage" play "8" on its Los Angeles campus. And yes, it originally announced that it would collect donations for AFER.
So how can it be possible that a Jesuit Catholic university planned to raise funds for this radical group, and will present a play that advocates same-sex "marriage"?
This week, The Cardinal Newman Society contacted LMU's president and public affairs office to inform them that we intended to expose their plans, but hoped they might cancel the event. Yesterday LMU changed the event description and erased any mention of fundraising, but the play is still scheduled for September 7...
Our campaigns have led to significant declines in scandalous commencement speakers and Vagina Monologues performances... prompted two secularized colleges to drop the "Catholic" label... and spurred on reforms at other Catholic colleges....
...unless we can put a stop to it! For 19 years, The Cardinal Newman Society has stood for fidelity and authentic Catholic identity by "shining the light" on Catholic campuses, with documented success.
With regard to the LMU incident, we are already communicating with LMU's president and public affairs office, with the continued hope they might put a stop to this play.
And we have also alerted the appropriate bishops, informing them who is behind this scandal.
Sponsors include the LMU Faculty and Staff Gay-Straight Network (which is officially recognized by the University), the Department of Communication Studies, and the Department of Theater Arts and Dance.
Incredibly, it is not just a few rogue professors behind this event! A University office and entire academic departments are to blame.
The Office of LGBT Student Services, which organizes social events for homosexual students, also was advertised as an original co-sponsor and the primary contact for the play. But after The Cardinal Newman Society raised concerns...
This may be a desperate attempt to represent the play as an academic event sponsored only by faculty, and somehow protected by academic freedom.
...LMU quietly removed LGBT Student Services from the sponsor list and deleted contact information for the LGBT Services director.
They can run from the truth, but they can't hide the stain of this scandal!
With your help, I promise that The Cardinal Newman Society will remain vigilant and "shine the light" while promoting authentic Catholic education.
And I promise to keep you updated on the LMU situation....
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Patrick J. Reilly
Founder & President
The Cardinal Newman Society
This is not an isolated incident. As I have said in other posts, U of Dayton and Xavier of Cincinnati, Georgetown, Boston College...the list goes on and on and on. For more info on the "Gay Marriage" situation, go to National Organization for Marriage and give them the support they need.
Jesus Is Lord!