Students and alumni are protesting Loyola Marymount University’s decision to allow an on-campus fundraiser for abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
The Nov. 5 ticketed event is organized by the Catholic university’s Women in Politics student group.
“The Planned Parenthood Fundraiser is an opportunity for us to raise money for a cause we really care about and have fun at the same time!” reads a description posted on the university website’s event calendar.
Planned Parenthood is the country’s largest provider of abortion. During the 2019-20 fiscal year, the organization reported performing 354, 871 abortions in the U.S.
As news of the fundraiser circulated among students and faculty in recent days, critics are questioning why LMU would allow the event, given the longstanding Catholic teaching that abortion is a “moral evil” that involves the taking of innocent human life.
A petition asking LMU president Timothy Law Snyder to cancel the event was posted this week by RenewLMU, which describes itself as “an alliance of students, alumni, faculty, donors, and other LMU supporters who seek to strengthen LMU’s Catholic mission and identity.”
The petition quotes a remark made by Pope Francis in September comparing abortion to hiring a hitman, and suggests that LMU should instead raise funds for a cause that “more effectively supports women’s dignity and whose primary purposes are not at odds with the Catholic Church.”
LMU says it will not move to block the event, which it insists is not a “university-sponsored” although it is being held on the school’s Westchester campus.
“The events, actions, or positions of student organizations, including Women in Politics, are not endorsed by the university,” the university said in a statement provided to Angelus Nov. 2.
In its statement, LMU affirmed its commitment to its “Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount heritage, values, and intellectual traditions.” It said the activities of its student organizations are “living examples that LMU embraces its mission, commitments, and the complexities of free and honest discourse.”
The drive to block the event was launched by alumna Samantha Stephenson, who studied theology as an undergraduate at LMU and holds master’s degrees in bioethics and theology from the university.
Stephenson told Angelus that she originally reached out to the Women in Politics student group and university administrators to ask if they understood “exactly what Planned Parenthood stands for.”
“I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt,” she said, “and suggest that maybe they direct their funds to a more worthy organization.”
Stephenson said she still has not heard back from the student group or school administrators.
The Women in Politics event, she said, goes beyond simply the free expression of ideas. In raising money for the country’s largest abortion provider — which received $618 million in taxpayer monies last year — the event effectively endorses Planned Parenthood’s advocacy of abortion.
“As a Catholic university, LMU has a responsibility to stand up for Catholic values,” Stephenson said.
The mother of three and Catholic blogger described herself as “tremendously grateful” to LMU for introducing her to the Catholic faith. Stephenson converted to Catholicism while at LMU and, since graduating, has worked as a Catholic high school religion teacher and is the host of a Catholic bioethics podcast.
She feels the university has missed a teaching moment, by failing to address the moral issues raised by the fundraiser with members of the student group.
“If you’re going to raise money for women’s advancement in the Catholic context, rather than alienate many of the community members, you could invite them into your fundraiser and raise funds for one of the many organizations that work for similar causes without being implicated in abortions and the sale of fetal tissue,” she said.
The above comes from a Nov. 2 story by Pablo Kay in Angelus News.
President Snyder doesn’t give a ____ about Catholicism at LMU. That much is clear.
Let’s see them invite former President Trump to give a commencement speech. Or Mike Pence, and we’ll see how open the university is to free and honest discourse. Heck, be nonpolitical and invite Dennis Prager. Never gonna happen because LMU won’t tolerate conservatives or conservative views.
They lie. They lie. They lie. LMU lies about valuing Catholic faith. They lie about being Catholic. They lie about being open to a free and honest exchange of ideas. It’s all rhetoric to excuse what goes against Catholic faith or morality, and it only goes one way: in the direction of leftist values.
I’m an alumnus, and I don’t give anything to the university.
That’s exactly how to hit them — stop giving money. Words don’t matter.
This is a Catholic university failing to show pastoral leadership to students who presumably are learning to form faithful Catholic consciences. Disgraceful that President Snyder is washing his hands while cooperating with evil on his own campus.
Cancel the event.
LMU = Lucifer’s Modernist Unabashedness
A fund raiser….for Planned Parenthood…yeah….
from Wikipedia “(Planned Parenthood has a ) combined annual revenue is US$1.3 billion, including approximately $530 million in government funding such as Medicaid reimbursements.
…the term ‘useful idiots’ comes to mind, but if this Women in Politics student group is the best a privileged, elite (white supremacist, really) progressive university can scrape together, Planned Parenthood ought to be worried….
It seems unjustifiable for the university to allow this fundraiser to occur on campus. The church’s teaching on abortion is very clear – it is incompatible with the Christian faith. What’s next: a white pride group holding a fundraiser for the Proud Boys?
Since most Proud Boys, identify as Evangelical Christians LMU would never give them ” The Benefit Of The Doubt
Let’s do a roundup and assessment, shall we?
1. LMU won’t stop a student group from raising funds for Planned Parenthood
2. Mitty is going to put on a transgender show
3. St. Francis has a student promoting her LGBT identity at a school event
4. The bishops won’t enforce Canon 915 against pro-abortion politicians
Exactly how is God helping his people? The evildoers are getting away with everything, especially the evildoers within the church.
” . . . LMU embraces its mission, commitments, and the complexities of free and honest discourse.” OK, let’s test that. I call on any orthodox Catholic or conservative group on campus to invite, for example, Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, Larry Elder, Star Parker, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Samuel Alito, or any of a number of distinguished speakers to offer their viewpoints – hold the administration to their word.
As Pope St. Paul VI said, after Vatican II– “The smoke of Satan has entered the Church.” You cannot open up the Church to the secular world and its extreme human weaknesses, massive errors, ignorance, sin, darkness, and evils, nor remove Church authority and mandates to run Catholic churches, schools, hospitals, and all Church-related institutions by strictly Catholic teachings– to substitute “individual freedoms” to make decisions, Vatican II-style. Either you are an authentic Church, and require adherence to Catholic teaching– or you are not. Either you are an honest, sincere Catholic layman or cleric, happy to abide by Church teachings and requirements — or you are not. The post-Vatican II era has been busy destroying the Church, and lying about it as a “new Springtime”– and worshiping man and his “humanity”– not Jesus Christ. Millions of souls have been lost. President Snyder and his LMU are educating students by the evil “Culture of Death” beliefs and mandates, leading them all straight into the jaws of Satan.
The California College Republicans are asking everyone to join their protest of the evil Planned Parenthood fundraiser, on Fri. Nov. 5th at 6:30pm, outside Roski Dining in University Hall, at LMU. Please also make phone calls to the following people, to tell them to cancel this evil fundraiser:
1. LMU President, Dr. Timothy Snyder (310) 338-2775
2. Fr. Edward Siebert, S.J. Secretary, LMU Board of Trustees (310) 338-7448
3. LMU Alumni Office
The smoke of Satan has always been in the Church. From the betrayal of Jesus by Judas to Pope Benedict XVI’s inattentiveness to the sexual abuse and financial scandals Satan has always been hanging around at the Church doors.
Yes, that is the whole point! Satan is always active, busy trying to destroy souls. That is exactly why the Church should be very careful, and never open her windows and doors to the secular world. Instead, she should seek to preach Christ’s truths to the secular world, and convert as many souls as possible. The Church should always be very strong in Christ, with Christ’s tremendous spiritual power to combat the Devil.
It’s scary, that our current Pope has been so busy inviting secular “experts” in many fields, to join Vatican-related institutes and endeavors– many of whom are not Catholic, and do not share our religious and moral beliefs at all. Satan is busy in the heart of our Church– with very few Soldiers of Christ to combat and conquer him and his evil minions.
LifeSiteNews announced that a group of College Republicans is preparing a big student protest at the Planned Parenthood fundraiser on Friday, and LifeSiteNews will cover the protest. They got more than 12,000 signers to their petition in two days, so far– and are also asking for everyone to call President Snyder’s office, and leave a polite but firm message requesting cancellation of the horrific Planned Parenthood fundraiser. Here is Pres. Snyder’s phone number: (310) 338-2775
There was indeed a visible public protest at the LMU entrance. Lots of Catholics with signs, candles and rosaries showed up to let the university administration know that PP’s presence at LMU was disgraceful.
I was there.
Deus Vult– Good for you! I also heard that a young lady who is an LMU student, who helped lead the Rosary and protest, decided to re-start a defunct LMU Pro-Life group– I think it is called “VITA.” Wonderful. Please give us more updates.
How soon people forget. Remember last year when a conservative LMU student senator was impeached for expressing conservative views? So much for the free exchange of ideas.
Please change LMU name
to “LOLA” University
ala’ Kinks 1970 gender bender confusion song
so prescient of today’s general moral confusion
ESPECIALLY on “so-called” catholic college campuses.
ALL Priests in LA Archdiocese
should be under mandate to preach from the pulpit
that LOLA is not catholic and parents who send children
and/or money are guilty of serious sin.
Pair this thread with the high school students walking out of a pro-life talk and you have at least here a dismal portrait of the Catholic formation of our students. Our Church leaders should be asking themselves where Catholic formation has been successful and ask why this is so.
Go to Joseph.
I stopped donating to relevant radio last year when radio host Drew Mariane (sp) asked everyone to pray for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Biden had just picked her as his vice-presidential candidate. Mr. Marinai raved about how wonderful that Biden had picked a female and an African American woman. I almost vomited! Kamala Harris has been exposed for her relationship with a married man to get her position as the attorney general of Los Angeles. In addition, they were both known to be big-time supporters of abortion even then. Why would we pray for them on a Catholic radio station?? It breaks my heart that now a Catholic university allows these abortionist on campus, much less getting money from the students to kill babies! God have mercy on us!! The Marxists are taking over the Catholic church!!
I heard something similar, but I think the intention of the request might have been a prayer for their conversion on the abortion issues and so forth.
.Hey my post was removed? Said something about “being modified” and now it’s not noted in the replies??
Wonder how many have had that happen. What’s happened to freedom of expression? The marxist are taking over!!
“The events, actions, or positions of student organizations, including Women in Politics, are not endorsed by the university,” the university said.
In an updated flyer for the event, Women in Politics highlighted that the group’s activities “do not represent the university’s views and shall not be construed as approval or endorsement by the university.”
It noted that the updated disclosure was required by the university and that it was “not created by Women in Politics.”
From the WashPost