Historically, Catholic universities have been beacons of truth. They have set a standard of intellectual progress and moral excellence. They have elevated culture, formed the minds of great men, and paved the way for abundant scientific breakthroughs.
(Our Lady told Jacinta that more souls go to Hell for sins of impurity than for any other sin.)
However, these beacons of truth are now failing. Moral values are being undermined on many Catholic campuses and the principles that once guided souls in the noble task of higher learning are being ignored.
The secular model has invaded, allowing moral relativism to run wild. As a result, the sexual revolution is making its way into Catholic academia. The moral devastation is impossible to ignore. A response is long overdue.
According to a report published by the Cardinal Newman Society:
-- Feminist and homosexual student clubs at Georgetown University held “Sex Positive Week” that included a person from Black Rose, a group “which provides a forum for the many different expressions of power in love and play. This can include dominance & submission, bondage & discipline, fetishism, cross-dressing, to name a few.”
-- A talk “Torn About Porn?” was to have a “discussion about arguably alternative forms of pornography that are not supposed to be exploitative, but rather radical and empowering.”
-- Pornographic film director Tristan Taormino gave a talk titled “Relationships Beyond Monogamy.” This was shortly after having spoken at a nearby location about “Anal Pleasure 101”. She spoke about her book Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships in tandem with Jenny Block, author of Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage. Taormino also wrote True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion.
At Loyola University of Chicago:
-- The Student Diversity and Cultural Affairs Office presented the film Brother to Brother about a homosexual African-American who is transported in time to cavort with the allegedly homosexual writer Langston Hughes.
-- The film is part of a semester-long “Color of Queer Film Series” sponsored by the university. Upcoming films include Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros about a 12 year-old boy who falls in love with a male police officer, and I Exist: Voices from the Lesbian and Gay Middle Eastern Community in the U.S.
At Jesuit Seattle University:
-- The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the student Trans and Allies Club held the “Transgender Awareness Week” that had a session on allegedly transgender Bible heroes and heroines and “Criss-Cross Day,” where students are encouraged to “come dressed for the day in your best gender-bending outfit.”
You and I have the duty to speak out against this promotion of awful sins and to defend the souls of students from them to the best of our ability. To remain silent would amount to a deep lack of charity because, ultimately, sins against nature destroy the family, jeopardize the salvation of souls, and harm society, as historic precedents attest.
With your help, I hope to spread this alert to millions of Catholics in America and abroad, and to get at least 100,000 Catholics to sign our message urging the presidents of the 3 offending Catholic universities to – at the very least -- publicly apologize and promise to remove those involved in the impure programs on their campuses.
Catholic college campuses are “ground zero” for us in the culture war. That is why you and I cannot allow impurity to reign there because of our silent omission. Catholics -- students, parents, and alumni must voice their objection.
Please send a message to the presidents of 3 Catholic colleges (see sample message below, which you can use).
President John J. DeGioia
Office of the President
204 Healy Hall
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057
Tel: (202) 687-4134
Fax: (202) 687-6660
President Sundborg SJ, Stephen
901 12th Avenue, P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Administration Building 109
Michael J. Garanzini SJ
Sample Message to Presidents of Catholic Universities:
I am appalled to know that some students at your campus held events promoting impure and unnatural behavior during the first week of Lent. (See report by Cardinal Newman Society http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/News/tabid/54/ctl/Details/mid/452/ItemID/409/Default.aspx).
Lent is a holy season where Holy Mother Church encourages us to repent and do penance for our sins, in preparation for the glorious feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection. Do we answer the Church’s call by promoting sins against nature?
At Fatima, Our Lady told Blessed Jacinta that “the sins which lead most souls to hell are sins of the flesh.” To survive our hyper-sexualized culture, Catholic students must not only practice purity but be champions of purity, modesty and temperance – virtues that triumph over the disorderly passions of the sexual revolution.
That is why I am so appalled by the events held at your campus.
With all due respect, the least I can ask for is that you publicly apologize and remove those responsible for these impure programs.