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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

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(From the Aug. 18, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

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Universities ‘thumb their noses’


I receive the Cardinal Newman newsletter and was dumfounded to see that so many universities thumb their noses at the church’s teachings and the pope and bishops’ directives.

In June 2004, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved this statement within the “Catholics in Political Life” document: 

“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

I am asking why is it then that the following universities are violating the bishops’ directives?

• Seattle University had former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as their commencement speaker on June 13 and  presented him with an honorary degree. He opposed legislation to ban partial-birth abortion and to notify parents when girls seek abortions.

• Cabrini College in Pennsylvania allowed White House journalist Helen Thomas to deliver the commencement address on May 15, for which she received an honorary degree. Thomas defends Roe vs. Wade.

• Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin had published author and journalist Jacquelyn Mitchard deliver the commencement address on May 15. She has publicly advocated abortion and euthanasia.

• College of New Rochelle in New York. Cicely Tyson received an honorary degree. She is an advocate for Planned Parenthood and supports Roe vs. Wade.

• Dominican University of California  California Secretary of Education and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan was the commencement speaker on May 14 and received an honorary degree. He campaigned as “consistently pro-choice.”

• Edgewood College in Wisconsin  Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Paul Higginbotham delivered the commencement speech on May 15. He is pro-abortion.

• LeMoyne College in New York. Former New York Times reporter Peter Steinfels and former Commonweal editor Margaret O’Brien Steinfels delivered the graduation speech and received honorary degrees on May 22. Both have been outspoken about their dissent from the encyclical Humanae Vitae and its teaching on contraception.

• Loyola College In Maryland. Former (New York) Mayor Rudolph Giuliani delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree on May 20. He has been very public about his support for abortion rights and special rights for homosexuals.

• Loyola Marymount University law school, Los Angeles. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer gave the commencement address on May 15. He is pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage.

• Loyola University of Chicago. Leroy Hood, a biotech researcher and president of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree on May 19. He is a leading advocate of a Washington state law that would allow embryonic stem cell research.

For similar reasons, the list goes on to include the following schools: Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law, Marquette University in Wisconsin, Regis College in Massa-chusetts, St. Bonaventure University in New York, St. Xavier University in Illinois, and Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Susan Bacon, Spokane

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