REPORT CARD: Deceitful College Names; Homeschools Feeding Vocations; ‘Choice Week’ at Georgetown; and more…

Catholic-sounding labels can be deceitful

Don’t be fooled by some institutions claiming a “Catholic tradition” or even some level of “Catholic identity,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, in a piece in LifeSiteNews.com about Dominican University’s decision to host outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.

Dominican University has now declared itself “non-denominational,” but it still claims a “Catholic tradition.” #whateverthatmeans

“Labels can be deceitful,” said Reilly. “We’ve seen time and again that without total commitment, Catholic identity can become a mask to hide confusion, dissent, and immorality.”

Speaking specifically about Dominican’s decision to host Richards, he said, “There’s no place at any academic institution – Catholic or otherwise – for advocacy that promotes killing innocent people, especially when the speaker is personally responsible for thousands of deaths. This is appalling, and academic freedom is not an adequate defense.”

Catholic homeschools feeding religious vocations

A new study from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University (CARA) reports that young men with a homeschool background are four times more likely to enter seminaries than those educated in Catholic institutions, reports Seton Magazine.

According to the study, eight percent of seminarians on their way to ordination had homeschooled for seven years. In fact, 10 of 47 seminarians at Philadelphia’s St. Charles Borromeo Seminary come from a homeschool background. These numbers are especially amazing considering there are only about 100,000 Catholic homeschool students compared to the 2 million educated in Catholic schools.

“We often don’t understand the historical importance of a movement while it is still young, but a generation from now we will look back and see Catholic homeschooling as partly responsible for keeping the Church vibrant in the United States, Draper Warren, admissions director at Seton Home Study School. “Vocations are just one of the many fruits of homeschooling.”

‘Choice Week’ at Georgetown

H*yas for Choice, the unrecognized pro-abortion student group, recently held its annual Choice Week, according to the student newspaper.

This year’s Choice Week included discussions on what it means to be both pro-abortion and Catholic as well as the intersections between abortion activism and transgender rights activism.

A student member of the group was quoted as saying, “This week is especially important at a Catholic and Jesuit university where only a narrow concept of reproductive rights is provided time, space, and resources by the administration to advocate for anti-choice policies and beliefs.”

She also said that Choice Week “means destigmatizing all issues surrounding repro justice, including abortions, contraception, sex, pleasure, and health. It means highlighting the systemic reproductive injustices facing many oppressed groups. It means being proud of being pro-choice.”

Loyola Marymount prof defends pro-abortion law, attacks pro-lifers

A professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles defended California’s law which mandates that pro-life crisis pregnancy center refer to abortion clinics, according to the student newspaper. But she did more than defend the law. Professor Judy Battaglia, a communication studies professor, insulted pro-lifers.

“These centers are not pro-women or pro-health, or even ‘pro-life’ — when we talk about whose ‘life matters’ and at what stage — but, poseurs who are pro-forced birth,” she said. “The law should not be re-evaluated. Licensed clinics need to post a notice about publicly funded family planning centers even if they are pro-life or religiously motivated clinics.”

She further posited that the law doesn’t infringe on pro-lifers’ First Amendment right to speech, and the law is necessary so women can make informed decisions about their pregnancy.

The law is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Despite pushback, Marquette University stands by ‘Pride Prom’

Despite protests and petitions from alumni and concerned Catholics, Marquette University insisted on hosting its first “Pride Prom” to support sexual diversity, according to WPR.org.

The Catholic, Jesuit university’s Pride Prom has the support of more than two dozen university organizations. One sophomore in support of the event was quoted saying, “I feel like sometimes the university, there’s a disconnect between the mission statement to be inclusive and the way things are on campus sometimes.”

The university released a statement saying, “Groups that rashly judge and disrespect any community of people go contrary to our commitment to the search for truth and to being an inclusive community.”

Adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago walkout over contract dispute

In 2016, Loyola University Chicago resisted the vote for the establishment of a union of adjunct professors on campus, rightly saying it had the right to govern the school in accordance with Jesuit values and beliefs and free from government interference. The National Labor Relations Board instead decided it had the authority to make that decision for the Jesuit school, according to the Washington Post.

The NLRB rejected the university’s appeal last year, only allowing the university to exclude the theology department from the bargaining. Now, adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago who are part of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 staged a one-day walkout, after contract negotiations failed to meet a successful resolution.

Fr. Tom Regan, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola, said the college has met many of the union’s demands but added, “We can’t offer contracts that could result in having to raise tuition. That would be cutting off our nose to spite our face.”

Tridentine Latin Mass returns to Boston College campus

Una Voce Boston College, the on-campus Latin Mass society, has been reestablished and helped bring back the Tridentine Latin Mass to Boston College at the beginning of Lent. Students can now attend Masses celebrated in Latin on Fridays at noon in a chapel on campus, according to BC’s The Torch.

The student organization’s president, David O’Neill, stated, “Celebrating the Mass as it was normally celebrated from the time of St. Gregory the Great to 1962 connects us with our heritage as Latin-Rite Catholics. This is the Mass that was celebrated by and formed the early Jesuits—such as St. Ignatius—so it is particularly beautiful that we are able to celebrate it at a Jesuit, Catholic University.”

“Many young people find the silence and reverence of the liturgy to be a refuge from the noise and constant stimulation of our age,” he said. “Our goal is to provide a unique encounter for students to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, and to love His Church.”

At annual convention, Catholic educators reminded of missionary roles

In the opening session of the three-day National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo in Cincinnati, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, encouraged 5,000 Catholic school educators from around the country to focus on their role as missionaries and evangelists, reports Catholic News Service.

He urged the convention delegates to take the words of Pope Francis to always place the heart of the Gospel in their ministry of education. “You are forming young people for service to the Church and society,” he told them.

Franciscan University advances study of Mariology

The Franciscan University of Steubenville has awarded the St. John Paul II Chair of Mariology to Dr. Mark Miravalle, president of the International Marian Association and founder and senior editor of Ecce Mater Tua, a journal of Mariology research.

This appointment will enable Miravalle, a theology professor at Franciscan University since 1986 and an author of more than a dozen books, to focus more extensively in this area of theology.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work in solidarity with bishops, theologians, and Marian leaders worldwide to champion Our Lady’s causes, which are so important for our world today,” said Miravalle.

Franciscan University is becoming a national center for Mariological study, including a new Marian concentration in the university’s MA Theology Program.

Anti-Catholic policies in Ireland

A number of Catholic organizations have stood up in opposition to a proposed policy in Ireland that would ban Catholic schools from prioritizing Catholics when admitting students.

The Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools, Catholic Primary Schools Management Association, the Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland, and the newly formed Faith in Our Schools have all spoken out against the policy and criticized it as clearly discriminatory, as it would not apply to other religious schools, according to the Catholic News Agency.

Faith in Our Schools said the proposal “openly discriminates against the conscience and educational rights of Catholic parents” and the “religious, autonomy, and associational rights of Catholic faith schools.”

Currently, when a religious school is full, the school can take the applicants religion into account in prioritizing those on the wait list. However, Richard Bruton, Ireland’s education minister, said that it is “unfair that preference is given by publicly-funded religious schools to children of their own religion who might live some distance away, ahead of children of a different religion or of no religion who live close to the school.”

This absurd attack on Catholic schools should be rebuffed. Keep the protestors it in your prayers.

Catholic education and the gift of students with special needs

Jem Sullivan, Ph.D., Secretary for Education in the Archdiocese of Washington, wrote that in Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Washington, children with special needs find a place of acceptance, nurture, and belonging.

Sullivan wrote in the Catholic Standard that, “finding resources to include and educate children with special needs in Catholic schools is a priority I support and encourage.” She reminds us that “the ways in which Catholic schools welcome, serve, and develop the potential of children with disabilities reflects what is distinctively Catholic about a Catholic education.”

“Faith in Jesus Christ is the core of every Catholic school community,” she said. “Believing that students with special needs have a place at the table of Catholic education extends the love of God in love of neighbor.”

That seems like a good form of diversity.

Copyright © 2018 The Cardinal Newman Society. Permission to reprint without modification to text, with attribution to author and to The Cardinal Newman Society, and (if published online) hyperlinked to the article on the Newman Society’s website. The views expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Cardinal Newman Society.