REPORT CARD: Justice Thomas Praises Christendom College; Polyamory at DePaul U.; UK Blocks New Catholic Schools; and more…
Justice Thomas, Christendom College ‘unapologetically Catholic’
In his commencement speech at Christendom College, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said that—just like him—the faithful Catholic college is “decidedly and unapologetically Catholic,” according to Church Pop.
Justice Thomas said that even though he spent many years away from the Church, “the clarion call of Sunday church bells never went away.”
“Something restrained me in those days of the 1960s and 1970s. This inner restraint was called a ‘hang-up’ or an inhibition,” he said. “In fact, it was a conscience – a Catholic conscience that had been formed in a world much like this wonderful college.”
“This is a decidedly and unapologetically Catholic college,” he continued. “And I am decidedly and unapologetically Catholic.”
Christendom College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
DePaul U. hosts polyamory event
Campus Reform reports that DePaul University recently hosted an event on polyamory at its LGBTQA Resource Center.
Polyamory is a philosophy or state of being romantically involved with more than one person at the same time. Among the topics explored included the differences between entering into polyamorous relationships and cheating. A flyer for the event which was titled “Polyamory Pause” described it as “a dialogue on open relationships and polyamory.”
“I was never super into marriage, either,” one student attending the event said. “Like, I can’t make up my mind what I want to eat at Chipotle, like, how am I supposed to commit to one person, right?”
When people are reduced to menu items, it tells you all you need to know.
UK breaks promise to allow more Catholic schools
The Archbishop of Liverpool has condemned the British government for breaking its promise to change a policy which effectively prevents the Catholic Church from opening new free schools, according to the Catholic Herald.
Despite promises from Prime Minister Theresa May to “scrap the cap,” the government recently announced it has no intention of reforming the law which essentially forbids new faith-based free schools from selecting more than 50 percent of their students from their own faith and effectively prevents any new Catholic free schools from opening.
“In their general election manifesto, the Conservative Party made a commitment to the Catholic community that the unfair rule effectively stopping the opening of new Catholic free schools would be lifted,” said Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. “Today the government has broken this promise, dropped the pledge they made to our country’s six million Catholics and ignored the tens of thousands of Catholics who campaigned on this issue.”
Baltimore plans first new Catholic school in 50 years
Archbishop William Lori announced that after years of declining enrollment, closing schools, and constricting budgets, the Archdiocese of Baltimore will build Baltimore’s first new Catholic school in more than five decades, according to the Baltimore Sun.
As part of its effort to open a school serving about 500 pre-k to eighth grade students by 2020, the archdiocese has raised about $13 million with about $5 million to go.
“We’ve shrunk our educational footprint in the city; however, we recognize that there is a lack of presence of Catholic education in some areas,” said a spokesman for the archdiocese. “We’ve heard people articulate a need for it and say there’s a pressing need for the stabilizing presence of a Catholic school in West Baltimore.”
Despite scandal, activists protest student ousted from Knights of Columbus chapter
Andrew Keyes, who had been a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Anselm College and even served as its Grand Knight, was told that he must resign his post after bringing his boyfriend to a Knights of Columbus party, according to America Magazine.
Fr. Benedict Guevin, O.S.B, the chapter’s chaplain, determined the action was a scandal “that can lead to confusion and doubt regarding the Church’s teaching.”
Still, activists and some students on campus complained. The president of the College’s True Equality and Dignity Alliance said it “puts Catholic LGBTQ+ people in a difficult situation.”
The College, which hosts an “LGBT visibility day” attended by the president and faculty members, simply told media that it has no oversight of the Knights, as they operate as an independent organization.
Classical curriculum to be offered at San Francisco Catholic school
California Catholic Daily reports that in the fall of 2019, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Elementary School will be switching to a classical curriculum, in which students learn the basics of Western education.
Fr. Joseph Illo, the pastor and a former chaplain of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., said that the Archdiocese asked the school to focus on Catholic liberal education.
“Having seen the test scores, enrollment numbers, and great excitement generated by this model, I share the enthusiasm of our faculty over this new direction,” Fr. Illo wrote. “Beginning with the classics of literature and history, children learn how to think in a way that prepares them to excel in all careers.”
Notre Dame students object to chastity speaker
A guest speaker at the University of Notre Dame last month shared his decision to live chastely, prompting some opposition from students, according to The College Fix.
Dan Mattson, author of Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace, was invited by the student group Students for Child-Oriented Policy and talked about how his experience with homosexual acts fell short of God’s plan.
“I am actually somebody, believe it or not, who came into the Catholic Church because of the Church’s teaching on sexuality and homosexuality,” Mattson said during his speech. “The gift that [the Church] gives to me is to constantly remind me of how beloved I am by God. And part of that … is to guide me in the path that will lead to human fulfillment.”
After the lecture, an op-ed in the campus newspaper written by two students claimed Mattson presented a “repressive picture of sexuality” which is “harmful.”
“While groups like SCOP are permitted to host lecturers like Mattson who have unconventional qualifications and are in favor of a traditional interpretation of Catholic theology,” they wrote, “PrismND, Notre Dame’s LGBTQ student organization, is not permitted to invite speakers with opposing views… despite there being a very real debate about this within the Church.”
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