It seems like Catholic-affiliated universities have gotten together and decided to abandon their faith all together this semester. Georgetown University hosted the president of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, last month. The University of Notre Dame is giving their highest honor to pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden. Loyola Marymount is having former president Bill Clinton give their commencement address.
But one university in particular has made a beeline out of the Church this semester: Seattle University, a Jesuit-affiliated institute of higher education.
In February, the school was forced to shut down an event that was going to be put on by a school nursing group called “Catholicism and Full Spectrum Reproductive Healthcare: one provider’s perspective.” That “provider’s perspective” happened to be an abortionist from the largest abortion chain in the nation, Planned Parenthood. The school group advertised the event with a poster of the Rosary, except instead of a crucifix at the end of it, they used an IUD.
Next, it was announced this week that Seattle U would be hosting Sister Simone Campbell from the notorious liberal group, Nuns on a Bus. In 2012, the Vatican reprimanded this group to the shock of Sr. Simone:
The Vatican’s assessment, issued on Wednesday, said that members of the group, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, had challenged church teaching on homosexuality and the male-only priesthood, and promoted “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”
“I’m stunned,” said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby founded by sisters. Her group was also cited in the Vatican document, along with the Leadership Conference, for focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping “silent” on abortion and same-sex marriage.
Sr. Simone was asked in 2012 about the legality of abortion and if penalties should be administered to doctors committing abortions. Abortion is a ‘grave evil’ according to Catholic doctrine. Pretty much everyone knows this. But Sr. Simone’s answer to the question: “it’s above my pay grade.” Wow.
Maybe Seattle University administrators didn’t do a Google search on her. Or they did and just don’t care.
In an email from the Office of Student Affairs at Seattle University, the school praises Sr. Simone:
Sr. Simone Campbell presents “Mend the Gaps: Societal Healing in Polarized Times” as this year’s Ann O’Hara Graff lecture. Sr. Simone is the Director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. A religious leader, former lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, California, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, health care, and economic justice.
She will be speaking this coming Monday, May 9th at 7pm in the Wyckoff Auditorium.
“Why are Catholic-affiliated universities bent on inviting speakers that are in direct opposition to the Church’s teaching?” asked Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.
“They are failing to properly educate the students who entrusted their Catholic education to them, who chose a Catholic school above a secular school. Seattle University, in particular, has made it a mission this semester to give a platform to speakers, at least initially, who will not be educating students on Catholic teaching but rather how they can falsely justify opposing Catholic doctrine. What a horrible example of Catholic education.”