Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Trinity College - Update

For those of you who follow the various Catholic blogs (and even this one), it will come as no suprise of how much Trinity College under the current leadership, no longer exists as a Catholic institution of higher learning, but IMHO, as simply a institution of higher learning.

On May 15th, the President of Trinity University, Patricia McGuire pointed to the pro-abortion politicians Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius as good examples of the education provided by the Catholic university. Read more about it here.

At the 2009 Commencement, she said:

The real scandal is the spectacle of ostensibly Catholic mobs camping out at Notre Dame for the specific purpose of disrupting the commencement address of the nation’s first African American president. This ugly spectacle is an embarrassment to all Catholics. The face that Catholicism shows to our new president should be one marked with the sign of peace, not distorted in the snarl of hatred.

Wow, 37 people got arrested and it was a mob, including at least one priest and a nun. I guess the prayerful and peaceful commencement ceremony with Fr. Pavone was part of that mob too?

She also stated:

The religious vigilantism apparent in the Notre Dame controversy arises from organizations that have no official standing with the Church, but who are successful in gaining media coverage as if they were speaking for Catholicism. The self-appointed “watchdogs” of Catholic higher education also afflict Catholics in political life, acting as grand inquisitors who appear to want nothing more than to drive all Catholics away from public office. They have established themselves as uber-guardians of a belief system we can hardly recognize. Theirs is a narrow faith devoted almost exclusively to one issue. They defend the rights of the unborn but have no charity toward the living. They mock social justice as a liberal mythology.

I don't see anyone trying to drive away Catholics from public office. Do you?

Some of us do mock the "social justice" crowd. Look at the example of the DC Opportunity Scholarships. Where is the social justice crowd on it? The silence is deafening.

Where are they on tax breaks for parents who send their children to Catholic schools? Or businesses that support them? Silence.

If you are not protesting the School of America's, purchasing Fair Trade coffee and asking for more money for the homeless, then I guess you aren't pro-life enough.

BTW, I know many on the pro-life side who do so much for those who are born. From soup kitchens, to youth groups, to donating money, to helping the elderly person next door by mowing the lawn, shopping or just chatting with them. They don't necessarily do the protest thing, because that just makes you feel good and gives you bragging rights.

Well, I expect that Sebelius will be honored in some way, given the fact that Sen. Pelosi has been. I look forward to seeing the Archbishop's response.


To the person who wrote to me about their particular ministry.

You did not answer the questions I have posed. Stating that someone from the Archdiocese came to visit and that it was a nice visit, does not answer the questions. Therefore, I will ask them again.

First, does the ministry which you wish me to help advertise, ask all participants to be faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church?

Second, does the ministry which you ask me to advertise, believe that not living in the state of grace is acceptable and supported by the parish where it meets?

Third, does the ministry see alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman as acceptable and should be recognized by the state and Church?

Simple yes and no answers will do. I look forward to your reply. Thank you, in advance.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was so irritated by this "educator's" comments that I sent this protest letter to her
I would remind you Madame President that slavery was a single issue.Would you mock those who fought against it as single issue fanatics?You also accuse those who defend the unborn as having no charity towards the living.Can it be that you are ignorant of the work of "The helpers of God's Precious Infants" the "Family Life Alliance" and Rachel's Vineyard?
As to your emotive description of a vigilante mob -it does seem a tad exaggerated given there were only two lone dissenting voices in the auditorium and a quietly prayful crowd in the campus grounds lead by an 85 year old priest praying the rosary.
Your outrage at this group obtaining media coverage as if they were speaking for the whole of the Catholic Church is ironic since you had no trouble getting media coverage for doing the same 'This ugly spectacle is an embarassment to all catholics"
Do you know what embarrasses this catholic pro life supporter? Father Jenkins "misappropriating the sacred teachings of the church for poltical ends" by conferring an honorary Law degree on man who has made it clear in both words and deeds that he supports the pro abortionists.His voting record and his actions since becoming President have reinforced and supported this group and he has withdrawn funding for pro life initiatives.
It is not the pro life supporters who have established themselves as "uber guardians of a belief system we can hardly recognise" but people like yourself and Father Jenkins.
By the way pro life is no restricted to Catholics There are people of good will everywhere who recognise that the deliberate killing of the vulnerable child in the womb is an evil act.Abortion doesn't just kill a baby it causes untold damage to all parties involved.Just as slavery was a toxin in the world so too is abortion.
You and I were once a collection of tiny cells in a womb.We were allowed to live Why should others not be allowed the same right.
Abortion is never a choice. It is always a death sentence.