The following comes from an August 19 Crisis Magazine article by Patrick Reilly and Justin Petrisek:
As corporations and governments face increasing pressure to cut ties with scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, let’s not forget the obvious: Catholic colleges ought to do the same.
Our latest review of Catholic college websites identifies an additional 63 [more than 150 colleges were cited in Cardinal Newman Society’s 2011 report] instances of collusion with Planned Parenthood since 2011.
Some of the Catholic colleges host, honor and even employ current and former employees of the abortion giant. Some point students toward volunteer opportunities, internships, jobs and even the “medical services” of Planned Parenthood. Still other colleges host Planned Parenthood speakers to push its wicked agenda.
Georgetown University, always the poster boy for corrupt Catholicism, seems to have no qualms about hiring current and former Planned Parenthood employees. For instance, the associate general counsel of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Zoe Segal-Reichlin, is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown.
Others at Georgetown who have been employed or worked on projects for Planned Parenthood include nurse-midwifery instructors Jennifer Demma and Debora Dole, demography professor John May, global health professor Rebecca Reingold and international health professor Sameh El-Saharty.
Last year, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles announced Robbin Crabtree as dean of its Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Crabtree plainly states on her C.V. that she previously served on the Advisory Board and Media Relations Committee for Planned Parenthood of Putnam County, Ind. Nevertheless, LMU president David Burcham defended her work as “engaging underserved women in the community to increase their awareness of the clinic’s basic healthcare services.”
The faculty profile for Sara Ainsworth, a visiting assistant professor at Seattle University School of Law, touts the fact that she has served as senior counsel of Legal Voice for more than a decade. Legal Voice advocates abortion rights and same-sex “marriage.” Five years ago, Ainsworth co-authored a report on The Deceptive Practices of Limited Service Pregnancy Centers (i.e., pro-life crisis pregnancy centers) for Planned Parenthood and Legal Voice, and the publication is listed right on her C.V. on the university’s website. The following year, she fought for a bill in the Washington State legislature that would violate the free speech rights of pro-life clinics by requiring them publicly to announce that they do not perform or refer for abortions.
Even when not hired by a college, Planned Parenthood employees are sometimes put in front of a class. The College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., brings in a Planned Parenthood representative to teach the “Human Sexuality” class about “safety and equipment for protection.” This past spring, the president of Regis College near Boston wrote a public letter celebrating the volunteer work of nursing students at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grenada.
The referrals to student internships and job placements with Planned Parenthood continue. For some colleges—including Boston College, Stonehill College, the University of Dayton and the University of San Diego—Planned Parenthood seems a natural fit for women’s studies, gender studies and sociology majors, which may say something about the way these subjects are taught. But alarmingly, some colleges also prod students in health-related majors into careers peddling birth control; these include DePaul University and Mount Saint Mary’s University of California.
The worst offense, however, has to be when a college advertised as Catholic refers the son or daughter of a Catholic family to Planned Parenthood for “medical services.” We found clear evidence of this at several colleges, and no doubt it occurs more frequently around the country.
One example is Mount Mercy University in Iowa. We found a local government chart of “Sexual Health Resources” on the University website (with a URL indicating sponsorship by the student life office) that links to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Cedar Rapids as a resource for “Pregnancy/STI Testing,” “HIV/AIDS Resources,” “Health Education,” “Women and Children’s Services,” “Sexual Health Advocacy” and “LGBT Resources.” There is nothing naïve about the referral; the chart itemizes services including “Birth control supplies and information; Pregnancy testing; Abortion pill; In-clinic abortion; …Emergency contraception (ECP’s/Plan B).” Planned Parenthood clinics are similarly listed in separate charts of “Counseling and Therapy Resources” (noting that clinic staff can “talk with individuals about their pregnancy options”) and “Family and Youth Resources.”
Meanwhile, Craig Klugman, the incoming chairman of health sciences at DePaul University in Chicago—in the diocese of Archbishop Cupich, who derided Planned Parenthood’s form of women’s healthcare—has publicly endorsed the services of the clinic where his mother once worked. “I always viewed my mom as doing important community health work for women who could not get services elsewhere because of finances, lack of education, or living in fearful relationships,” he wrote. And he has defended Planned Parenthood’s disbursement of aborted fetal parts as “a legal and (debatably) ethical enterprise” with “the intent of saving lives and improving the quality of life.”
Klugman’s blog post was then reposted by Georgetown University, with the caveat that the views on the website “do not necessarily represent” those of the Jesuit institution. But do they?
All of these so-called “Catholic” universities have needed a STRONG punishment, for a long time! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON THEM ALL!!
Don’t hold your breath waiting for punishment to happen in this lifetime. There is no institutional will or mechanism in place to do it. What would the punishment be, anyway? Threat of loss of Catholic standing? That was tried with Marist University a few years back. The administration’s response was – “What? We’re Catholic? We had no memory of that! Thanks for the info. But by the way, you can’t fire us, we quit! We now officially proclaim ourselves as non-Catholic! Now, go mind your own business!” The horse is out of the barn, folks, a long, long time ago.
The horse ran out of the barn, at Vatican II– and will never return, unless the Church someday “gets serious” again, about Catholic religion and morality, and mandates Christ-like discipline and obedience to the Faith, for all!
No – the institutional Church is NEVER going to reform the universities. What has to happen is that media sources like this website have to keep relentlessly exposing the corruption of the mainstream Catholic colleges. Hopefully, whatever small remnant of faithful Catholic families that remain at these institutions will then take their business elsewhere – start with the Cardinal Newman Society list. The mainstream “Catholic” colleges will then die the death they deserve. As Fulton Sheen said, reform starts with the laity. The forces which kill the corrupt schools may eventually correct the institutional Church, but by then the corrupt schools will be long gone already.
The colleges and universities of this country that overwhelmingly attract the most notice for apostasy from the faith are Jesuit schools. There are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. Nothing much was ever going to come down from the Vatican on this problem, but now that goes double with a Jesuit pope.
Linda Marie, there is nothing in Vatican II Documents that supports any mortal sin, including the mortal sins of abortion, contraception, homosexual acts, adultery, etc.
You must begin to prove your FALSE statements about V II, by providing Document name and paragraph number. Your lies are sickening and merely cause unnecessary division among the uneducated.
Admit that you are a Sedevacantist or an SSPXer.
It has long seemed to me that some “Catholic” institutions of higher education retain the name for its fundraising potential only.
They attract students from generations of Catholic alumni families, that’s the strategy. This pipeline then exploits and attempts to perpetuate the Catholic alumni donor base, as you point out. Without official Catholic identity, they become secular private schools disadvantaged in competition for students with public education. Eventually the jig will be up, though, because the schools do nothing to perpetuate the faith among current students who are the future alumni. That’s what happened to Marist, as I pointed out previously. I myself took my family’s education elsewhere rather than pay for the political and secular humanist distortions of faith which dominate thought at my Jesuit alma mater.
The smoke of Satan has also entered the “Catholic” colleges!
Don’t forget, my friends, the beautiful and serene Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, is a truly Catholic college, an outstanding provider of quality education, and a remarkable value.
WHERE ARE THE BISHOPS???????????????????
Getting ready to visit Pope Francis in Philladelphia to push immigration issues and the fake man made climate change religion!
Why does anyone expect the bishops to be any different from the university presidents??? C’mon, folks, they’re all cut from the same swatch of cloth. They all belong to the same power base. The same bureaucracy elevated them both. The bishops and the university presidents are buds! They believe in themselves and one another. Belief in the Catholic faith has been relegated to the side.
You ask where are the Bishops. Here is what the late great Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said:
“WHO IS GOING TO SAVE OUR CHURCH? NOT OUR BISHOPS, NOT OUR PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS. IT IS UP TO THE PEOPLE. YOU HAVE THE MINDS, THE EYES, THE EARS TO SAVE THE CHURCH. YOUR MISSION IS TO SEE THAT YOUR PRIESTS ACT LIKE PRIESTS, YOUR BISHOPS ACT LIKE BISHOPS, AND YOUR RELIGIOUS ACT LIKE RELIGIOUS.”
Years ago while I was working at a substance abuse counseling facility in Gilroy, CA, I came across handouts for our clients for health services offered via Planned Parenthood at the local Catholic Church. There it was, big as life, Planned Parenthood and St. Mary’s Catholic Community, together on a flyer going out to the whole community. The services offered on site at the Catholic Church from PP were not abortion services, but, for the church to have any dealings with or give any credence to that organization was outrageous. I wrote to the Bishop, I received a general ‘thank you for your letter’ response. Nothing was done. Shame on them.
I think it is time to sue Colleges and Universities who advertise themselves as “Catholic” and do not adhere to the Doctrine of the Faith (CCC).
When money (tuition) is involved, parents and students have the right to expect truth in advertising.
Actually, back as the 1990s, such a lawsuit was filed against the University of San Francisco, which as most readers here know, is a Jesuit school. Pressures were brought to bear, and the complaint was swept under the rug. There was nothing legally insufficient about the claim, but the monetary powers exerted their influence. Unfortunately, at this late date, the students and families attracted to these schools adhere to the same re-defined / re-designed “Catholicism” as the schools themselves. The customers see no failure of truth in advertising, They get exactly what they expect, and they don’t know any other ‘faith’ anyway.
Very good point, Ralph.
I remember asking a mother of a Catholic grade schooler about their Catholic school. I asked if Catholicism taught throughout the curricula. She patted me on the arm and said “No, of course not.” as if Catholicism was the necessary evil you put up with to keep your kids out of public schools.
We sent ours to Catholic College using eh Cardinal Newman Societies guide to faithful Catholic Colleges. We are pleased with the faithfulness of staff and professors and students.