MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, August 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Alverno College, a Catholic college in Milwaukee founded by the School Sisters of St. Francis, has continued to host links to several pro-aborton and pro-homosexuality groups on its website, despite over 15,000 students and parents petitioning the school to remove the links.
After the conservative group TFP Student Action started its peaceful protest in June, Alverno College removed some of the objectionable links on the “resource” pagefor the school's Research Center for Women and Girls. They also posted a disclaimer stating: "The views expressed in these weblinks do not necessarily reflect the views of the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls."
However, the site still includes links to pro-abortion groups such as the Center for Reproductive Rights, National Organization for Women (NOW), EMILY's List, among many others. One of the groups linked, called Radical Women, lists among its causes communist ideology, homosexuality, and even the brutal abortion procedure known as partial birth abortion.
The page also includes a category dedicated to "Women in the LGBT Community," which includes links to top homosexualist groups and initiatives including the Gay/Straight Alliance Network, GLSEN, PFLAG, and the Day of Silence campaign.
TFP Student Action criticized the school for failing to remove the controversial links. "You can't be a true Catholic and at the same time favor abortion," said TFP Student Action director John Ritchie. "It betrays the very mission of a Catholic institution. So, we've decided to intensify our prayers and protest until all the pro-abortion links are gone."
Ritchie called the disclaimer tacked on to the resource page "window dressing."
Two Catholic institutions, Rosemont College and the University of Detroit Mercy, recently took down links to pro-abortion groups that were listed on their websites.
TFP Student Action is asking its members to "speak out against this scandal" and sign an online protest addressed to Dr. Mary Meehan, president of Alverno College.
Alverno College has not responded to a request for comment from LifeSiteNews.com as of press time.
TFP Student Action petition.
Mrs. Mary Meehan, PhD, President
Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee