Report Card: Jesuit Urges Chastity at Fairfield; Diocese Considers Students from ‘Non-Traditional Families’

Jesuit stands up for Catholicism, chastity at Fairfield

“We are not a secular school. We do not want to be a secular school. If you do not feel comfortable under the Catholic tent, go somewhere else. What is your problem? If you do not want Catholic values, go to UConn. Have a great time. We Jesuits did not sacrifice our lives to make this University a valueless swamp.”

Those were reportedly the courageous words of Father Michael Doody, S.J., Director of Restorative Counseling and a former campus ministry director at Fairfield University, which he wrote as part of a lengthy debate on the Facebook page of the student newspaper. The debate focused on a Planned Parenthood booth at a student-run event earlier this year on campus.

Fr. Doody told the campus newspaper that the event disgusted him and called it a sign of the university’s secularization. While some thanked Fr. Doody, others were less pleased.

But Fr. Doody responded by saying, “I am happy to provide sex Ed at the college level,” and “If women want to sell penis cookies in public, they should preview them with their fathers and grandfathers. I was not happy to see them marketed outside my office!”

He also called the sale of condoms in the student center “offensive morally,” calling them “fornication aids.”

After commenting that they wouldn’t be needed “if people (here) lived chaste lives,” others countered, saying chastity was not a requirement for admission.

“But it is an ideal we aim for as a Catholic University,” he responded. “It is what we hope for in our students.”

Diocese of Jefferson City schools policy considers admitting ‘transgender’ students

Sister Elizabeth Youngs, the superintendent of Catholic schools in Jefferson City, Missouri, is proud of a new program to consider the admission of “transgender” students and children living with same-sex couples to Catholic schools, saying it puts the diocese “in the lead.”

The LGBT blog Proud Parenting calls Jefferson City “a pioneer among other U.S. dioceses” for the program titled “Pastoral Process of Accompaniment and Dialogue.” A draft of the 17-page document was presented to priests and educators by diocesan officials last month and says, “Wherever possible, enrollment is the goal.”

But critics complain about a lack of consultation with priests and parents and that the policy could confuse and even scandalize students. The language used in the document suggests acceptance of concepts that contradict Catholic teaching, such as “sexual and gender identity” and “transgender”.

The diocese says the program is in full agreement with the Church’s teaching on gender and human sexuality and that it was developed with guidance from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Students are not permitted to choose to use a restroom or other facilities designated for the opposite gender.

Before enrolling a student provisionally, admissions representatives are instructed to: “Determine if this might be a good fit for the family and the parish school. Pay particular attention to the family’s understanding of Church teaching, their ability to respect and help their child respect these teachings, and support the moral and social doctrine of the Catholic Church.”

Before enrolling a student, parents must sign a “Covenant of Trust” that pledges “to the best of their ability respect the teachings of the Church and help their children respect the Church and its teachings” and “support the moral and social doctrine of the Catholic Church to ensure consistency between home and school.”

Reasons to go into debt for Catholic college

Tom Hoopes of Benedictine College writes that there are many good reasons to be willing to go into debt for Catholic college.

“For the sake of Catholic higher education, it is important to keep perspective and remember that there are good reasons for moderate student loan debt spent on Catholic education,” he writes at Aleteia.

The average student debt, he argues, is about the cost of a car loan which pays dividends for the rest of your life. Also, college is often where you choose or lose your faith.

“We have seen it again and again. Students who attend Catholic colleges with strong missions gain an unshakeable faith,” he wrote. “And students who take their faith with them to secular universities — including those with strong Catholic centers — often come back agnostic.”

You should read the entire piece.

30 Catholic colleges aspire to “deepen social doctrine”

Representatives of 30 Catholic colleges gathered at Georgetown University last week with the goal of establishing a closer collaboration among the Vatican and their institutions—most of them highly secularized—in order to “deepen the social doctrine of the Church and attempt to make it widely known and applied.

The three-day convocation featured dialogues with Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, on topics such as peacebuilding, care for creation, economic injustice, human migration and the plight of refugees.

Participating colleges included Boston College, Catholic University of America, Creighton University, DePaul University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University New Orleans, Marquette University, St. John’s University, Santa Clara University, Seton Hall University, University of Dayton, University of Notre Dame, University of St. Thomas (in Minnesota) and Villanova University.

Australian Catholic University rebrands with vague ‘Impact through Empathy’ slogan

Australian Catholic University has a new brand identity which aims to reflect its guiding principles of ‘Impact through Empathy’, intended to appeal to non-Catholics.

Created by Push Collective, a brand strategy firm, the rebrand launched with a two-minute video highlighting issues important to the university including climate change, homelessness, refugees and conflict. The ad encourages people to “Go beyond the limits of your own point of view.”

Erminio Putignano, managing director of Push Collective, said in a statement: “We wanted to convey the Catholic ethos of the university through a narrative that has universal appeal and projects a compelling idea of leadership for people of all backgrounds and religious beliefs.”

The question is, how does this brand differentiate ACU from almost any secular college?

Christendom College wins national rugby championship

We don’t talk a lot of sports around here. But it’s worth some applause that the Christendom Crusaders rugby team won the NSCRO 7’s National Championship in Philadelphia, defeating St. Mary’s College of Maryland in a stunning overtime victory 24-19.

The victory in front of 15,000 spectators brought the small Newman Guide school its first-ever national championship.

Jesuit U. of San Francisco students to march in LGBT Pride parade

The University of San Francisco is urging students and alumni to “celebrate inclusion and diversity with your USF community!”

“Join the University of San Francisco’s LGBTQ Caucus and march in the 2017 San Francisco Pride Parade from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25,” urges the website of the Jesuit university. “Beginning June 12, pick up your pride t-shirt at Human Resources in Lone Mountain Main 339.”

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