Students Can Change Gender on University Records Under Proposed Policy at Catholic DePaul
By Kimberly Scharfenberger | December 1
DePaul University in Chicago recently proposed a policy that would allow students to choose preferred genders and change their names up to three times for use on class rosters and other college records despite the fact that “gender theory” is opposed to Church teaching on human sexuality, and is a danger to society according to Pope Francis.
“Largely, the policy would provide a better option for transgender and transitioning students who do not use their legal names,” The DePaulia
reported. “Further, the policy would enable an optional ‘unspecified’ gender option instead of male or female.”
Such a policy would present a conflict for DePaul’s Catholic identity, as Church teaching does not support gender theory and ideology. Read more...
Pro-Abortion ‘Guerrilla Girls’ Invited by Catholic College to Discuss Feminism
By Kimberly Scharfenberger | December 1
Stonehill College, a Catholic college in Easton, Mass., recently hosted the radical feminist group Guerrilla Girls Broadband on campus for a discussion on feminism and sexual assault despite the group’s advocacy for abortion, which Feminist for Life President Serrin Foster told The Cardinal Newman Society is “a betrayal of feminism.”
“The Guerrilla Girls Broadband were almost unable to come to Stonehill because of a disagreement over the College’s conservative views and the Broads’ (as they call themselves) belief in the right to abortion access,” Stonehill College’s student newspaper The Summit
reported. The article did not mention how the disagreement was resolved. Read more...
Catholic Colleges in Trojan Condom Report Challenged to Defend Church Teaching
By Justin Petrisek | November 30
Catholic colleges have a moral obligation to defend the dignity of all human life and should ensure that their sexual health resources do not contradict Church teaching, Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., director of health services for the Dominican Friars, Province of St. Joseph, and former dean of the School of Nursing at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., told The Cardinal Newman Society.
In early November, the annual Sexual Health Report Card released by condom-maker Trojan ranked 140 major campuses — nine of which were Catholic colleges — on their access to sexual health information and resources including contraception and condoms. The inclusion of the nine Catholic colleges has again raised the issue of how and why contraception and condoms are available on many Catholic campuses despite its direct contradiction of Church teaching. Read more...
Professor: Notre Dame Manufacturing in China Violates Catholic Social Teaching
By Alexandra DeSanctis | November 30
The University of Notre Dame announced last month that it would begin a pilot program to manufacture University-licensed products in two Chinese factories, a move criticized as a violation of Catholic social teaching by a Notre Dame theology professor.
“The new policy violates Catholic social teaching,” wrote Associate Professor of Theology Todd Whitmore, who opposed the new program in a letter
to the editor published in the November 5 issue of The Observer
, Notre Dame’s official campus newspaper.
Whitmore, who has taught Catholic social teaching at Notre Dame every semester for the last 25 years, argued the policy specifically breaches “’the principle of cooperation with evil.’ In this case, the evil of denying workers their rights.” Read more...
Did Pope Francis Say ‘Don’t Proselytize’?
By Patrick J. Reilly | November 25
Catholic education, done rightly, is a special and important means of evangelization, the mission of the Church. It brings young people to Christ and provides for the integral formation of mind, body and soul.
And so, judging from the reaction that I have been hearing from some parents and educators, there is a bit of consternation over Pope Francis’ strong words last week against “proselytism” in Catholic schools. My colleagues from The Cardinal Newman Society who were present for the Holy Father’s conversation with educators — part of the World Congress on Education, a Vatican conference to address the “educational emergency” that leaves young people ignorant of Christ — also noted the Holy Father’s words with some concern. Read more...
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