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  • Scandal and Lavender Gowns, 2011 Edition

    by Patrick J. Reilly

    Ever hear of a “lavender commencement”?

    For some Catholic college students, gone are the days of traditional pomp and circumstance. On May 2, homosexual students at the nation’s oldest Catholic university cheered anti-homophobia remarks from the director of the campus LBGTQ (lesbian-bisexual-gay-transgender-queer) Resource Center and paraded around campus with a rainbow flag.

    The “commencement” speaker at Georgetown University’s third annual Lavender Graduation — attended by university president John DiGioia, his vice president for student affairs and four deans — was openly gay U.S. Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island. Cicilline’s campaign website assures voters, “I will support and work for passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, to guarantee the rights of all lawfully married couples, including same-sex couples….” It also declares his support for “full reproductive freedom,” including abortion rights.

    On the left coast, the “intercultural centers” at both the Jesuit University of San Francisco and St. Mary’s College of California also hosted lavender graduations — a new trend at many colleges and universities around the country, but with a particular irony at Catholic institutions that admirably promote respect for every student but also claim fidelity to Catholic teaching. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches the homosexual inclination is “objectively disordered” and “that ‘homosexual’ acts are intrinsically disordered.”

    Less shocking since the President Barack Obama debacle at the University of Notre Dame in 2009 — but equally scandalous — are the annual displays of Catholic educators fawning over pro-abortion and pro-gay “marriage” politicians and activists. In 2004, the U.S. bishops issued clear instructions in their document “Catholics in Political Life,” forbidding honors and platforms that might suggest support for opponents of Catholic teaching. Notre Dame took a public lashing — but what are a few bruises in pursuit of political correctness?

    This year, Fordham University’s law school mustered up a pro-abortion Republican, former New York Governor George E. Pataki, to speak and receive an honorary degree on Sunday, May 22. Just after celebrating Mass, no doubt.

    And Friday, May 20, St. Vincent’s College in Connecticut hosted U.S. Congressman Jim Himes as commencement speaker. They must not have discovered his campaign website (it took us a few clicks):

    Jim Himes is a firm believer that women should hold the sole rights to their reproductive choices, without interference from politicians or government. The Congressman supports comprehensive family planning services and making methods of contraception more easily available. Jim Himes is working to pass the Freedom of Choice Act which will uphold the reproductive rights protections in Roe v. Wade and ensure the reproductive freedom of all future generations. Jim Himes is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut while his opponent voted against requiring hospitals to provide access to emergency contraception for rape victims.

    Oops?

     

    Obama administration fans would have enjoyed the commencement speech by Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, at Salve Regina University on May 15. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Jill Biden told ABC News about the importance of keeping abortion legal: “I think it’s very important personally…. But I am of that generation of women who fought for Roe v. Wade and I can’t imagine the Supreme Court overturning it. I think women have to remember that.” Will St. Peter remember the day Catholic educators rewarded her with an honorary degree?

    Of course, what’s more exciting to a liberal college professor is a trip down memory lane to the Clinton years — even if the Class of 2011 was finger painting when Clinton took office. For instance, Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State and now a Georgetown University professor, spoke Friday at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service award ceremony. Albright publicly attacked President George W. Bush for refusing to use taxpayer dollars to fund pro-abortion counseling overseas during NARAL Pro-Choice America’s “Power of Choice” fundraising luncheon in 2001 and again in 2005. She was a featured speaker at the 2004 “March for Women’s Rights” in Washington, D.C., which rallied support for legalized abortion. And in her 2007 bookThe Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God and World Affairs — just in case we didn’t know it already — she confirms, “I am a supporter of Roe v. Wade because I think women should have the right to choose….”

    The Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University — the diocesan university of Newark, New Jersey — invited Timothy Wirth, Clinton’s Under-Secretary of State and now president of the United Nations Foundation, to deliver its commencement address on May 13. In 2009, Wirth joined with Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to chide the U.S. bishops for seeking universal health care without coverage for abortion and contraception, which Wirth and Richards said was intended “to diminish a woman’s right to make personal decisions that should be kept between her and her doctor.” Also in 2009, the United Nations Foundation joined Planned Parenthood in honoring Congresswoman Nita Lowry for leadership on “international family planning.”  The UNF states on its website: “We are committed to achieving the global goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services by 2015.” UNF also runs the pro-abortion website RHRealityCheck.com.

    And political commentator, former Al Gore campaign manager, and Georgetown University professor Donna Brazile was the commencement speaker at Benedictine University in Illinois on May 15. In 2009, Brazile publicly supported President Obama’s reversal of the “Mexico City Policy,” which had barred taxpayer funding for organizations that provide or counsel for abortions. In a 2006 Ms. Magazine article, Brazile expressed support for across-the-board availability of contraceptive services including “emergency contraception,” criticized abstinence-only education, and chided opponents as “adamantly opposed to a woman’s right to choose, and… finding new ways to chip away at Roe v. Wade.” In a 2005 Ms. Magazine article, “Why Choice Matters,” Brazile rallied support for “reproductive rights,” including abortion, “to stop the religious right from moving into our pulpits” and to fight “anti-choice extremists.”

    And here we find a bit of delight… at least in the memory of a bishop’s unequivocal stand against such compromises of a college’s Catholic identity. In April 2009, Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans boycotted the commencement ceremony of Xavier University of Louisiana to protest Brazile’s selection as speaker and honoree. It was a heartening moment for Catholics who are tired of the campus nonsense.

     

    Back to the present: Saturday, May 21, the law school at the University of San Francisco honored and heard a commencement address from Hon. Ming W. Chin, an associate justice on the California Supreme Court. In 1996, shortly before his confirmation to the court and a year before striking down a law requiring minors to get parental consent for abortions, Chin publicly stated that abortion is “the woman’s right to choose” — which means that he is an appropriate addition to the rogue’s gallery of USF commencement speakers, including, in past years, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

    A few Catholic colleges this year are pointedly celebrating Catholics who defied their bishops and supported President Obama’s health-care overhaul, even without sufficient provisions to protect conscience rights and preclude government-funded abortions. Yesterday, St. Catherine University honored its commencement speaker, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, President of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) of the United States and the lobbyist who perhaps did the most to undermine the U.S. bishops and pro-life organizations on health-care reform.  But St. Kate’s students had to settle for “seconds,” since the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, secured Keehan to speak the prior day at its graduate student commencement ceremony.

    Could it be pure coincidence? A year to the day before the St. Thomas graduation — on May 21, 2010 — leading representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement that blamed the CHA for causing “confusion and a wound to Catholic unity.” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Bishop William Murphy, and Bishop John Wester publicly disagreed with the notion put forward by Sister Keehan that “the divergence between the Catholic Conference and Catholic organizations, including the Catholic Health Association, represents merely a difference of analysis or strategy.”

    And then Sister Keehan publicly defended a Phoenix hospital after Bishop Thomas Olmsted revoked the hospital’s Catholic standing. Without consulting the bishop, the hospital had decided it was ethical to perform a direct abortion in violation of the U.S. bishops’ ethical and religious directives for Catholic health-care services. Sister Keehan has said she respects Bishop Olmsted’s authority on matters of morality — but has publicly disagreed with him anyhow.

    Now that’s a role model for America’s Catholic college graduates!

    Others who undermined the bishops on health-care reform include U.S. Senators Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana — members of the Catholics-who-don’t-like-abortion-BUT crowd — who addressed graduates at Villanova University on May 15 and Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute on May 20, respectively. Senator Landrieu is pro-choice on abortion and urged President Bush to expand federal support for embryonic stem cell research. Senator Casey has voted against the “Mexico City Policy,” thereby allowing the U.S. government to pay for abortions overseas, and against the defund Planned Parenthood amendment to the 2011 budget.

     

    Now lest we imagine that commencement ceremonies are purely a political affair — they’re not, or so college leaders will swear with their fist on the table for emphasis — they are also opportunities for courting gifts from wealthy businessmen. And who better than Bob Wright, former chairman and CEO of NBC Universal? On May 14, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia hosted Suzanne and Bob Wright to deliver the commencement address and receive honorary degrees for their admirable work with the charity Autism Speaks. We should be grateful that they were not hailed for their advocacy of same-sex “marriage.” Just this past March, both Bob and Suzanne joined with Hollywood actors and business leaders in an open letter sponsored by the advocacy group Freedom to Marry, which called on President Barack Obama to support homosexual “marriage.”

    And there’s Chuck Geschke, cofounder of Adobe, who addressed Xavier University of Ohio’s graduates on May 14. Geschke and other Silicon Valley business leaders established the group “Silicon Valley Leaders Say No on Proposition 8″ and purchased a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News opposing the 2008 California referendum to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Geschke donated $5,000 toward the ad and was described as honorary co-chair of the group.

    Now here’s a dishonorable mention: If you’re a Catholic college leader seeking out the best role model for Catholic college students, would you choose former CNN anchor Larry King, who has been divorced seven times? King was the commencement speaker for the undergraduate arts and sciences ceremony at the University of San Diego yesterday. Aside from implicit biases and his marital problems, we could not find evidence of public opposition to Catholic moral teaching until King made a big splash just this month, releasing a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” campaign in which he advocates homosexual “marriage,” saying: ”I know a thing or two about marriage — maybe three, maybe four. Some of us can get married again and again, and others can’t get married at all. Can’t figure that out. Let’s make marriage equality the law in New York, and let’s do it now.” Clearly USD officials didn’t know about this when they invited King — but were there no candidates for commencement speaker who hadn’t demeaned the institution of marriage so publicly (and repeatedly)?

    Every year there are commencement scandals that just break your heart, because they involve speakers and honorees who are doing so much good for others — but also significant harm. Such is the case of the charity Partners in Health and Dr. Paul Farmer, its co-founder and executive vice president, who was the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient at Georgetown University’s undergraduate ceremony on Saturday — and Loune Viaud, the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations for the Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health) socio-medical complex in Cange, Haiti, where she founded the women’s center, who was honored on May 14 by Regis College in Massachusetts.

    webpage for Partners in Health’s HIV Equality Initiative explains the emphasis on “family planning” and “contraceptive options,” developed in part by Viaud:

    When women are counseled, educated, and provided with contraceptive options, they are more likely to delay childbearing, have fewer children, and reduce their risk for obstetrical complications. Nevertheless, 50 percent of all pregnancies worldwide are unplanned or unwanted…. Many barriers limit women’s access to family planning methods, including gender inequality, myths, and lack of knowledge about available services.

    Family planning is an integral part of the model of comprehensive women’s health care that was developed at Zanmi Lasante (ZL) in Haiti and emphasized as one of the four pillars of PIH’s HIV Equity Initiative. Each of ZL’s clinical sites has a full-time nurse trained in sex education and reproductive health counseling. ZL has been offering free condoms and other contraceptive methods for over 15 years. In 2003, Zanmi Lasante began training and mobilizing community health workers who specifically promote family planning and women’s health. These ajans fanm (women’s health agents) travel throughout the countryside, teaching women and men about sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) and contraceptive methods, distributing condoms and oral contraceptives, and referring pregnant women and others to the clinics. This successful model is being replicated at PIH sites in Rwanda, Malawi and Lesotho.

    Another webpage discussing Partners in Health’s efforts to support women’s health in temporary settlements indicates: “All mobile clinic staff will also be attending ‘refresher’ trainings in women’s health basics — particularly the use of emergency contraception and management of victims of rape.”

    No doubt the intentions for recognizing Farmer and Viaud — and, for that matter, all of the above-cited commencement speakers and honorees — are easily justified by the good that these people do. If a Catholic college chooses to honor someone for their good works, the argument goes, why should we be concerned about other activities that oppose clear moral teachings of the Church?

    The answer: Because Catholic colleges have a choice of speakers and honorees. And when they make a choice — especially when selecting someone to serve as a role model for graduation — the choice should be for speakers and honorees who best exemplify the standards of a Catholic college education.

    Good people who compromise morality to do bad things — harmful things — deserve our compassion and counsel, but not our honor. We certainly do not want Catholic college graduates following the same path, expecting the future admiration of their mentors.

    A Catholic education should mean more than that — if, at these institutions, it still means anything at all.

    The views expressed by the authors and editorial staff are not necessarily the views of
    Sophia Institute, Holy Spirit College, or the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

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    • Deacon Ed

      If any of our bishops read this column, would you be willing to enter a comment about what you have read here?

    • Cord Hamrick

      I would in particular like a year’s rest every seven years (there’s some Biblical precedent).

      What I mean is, if Catholic universities can’t manage some semblance of Catholicity among commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients every year, then perhaps they could manage it one out of seven?

      It’s exhausting always having to stay on one’s guard, always having to filter and sift and sort.

      It’s not asking much, then, to have a season of rest every once in a while. A Sabbath from the otherwise unending work of “test[ing] everything and hold[ing] to what is good.”

      How hard would that be?

      • Carl

        Service to others, On leading others astray

        Mark 9:42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe (in me) to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
        If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.
        And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
        And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
        where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’
        “Everyone will be salted with fire.
        Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”

        There’s a Biblical precedent to cut off what causes scandal and not just give it a day of rest. And not excluding myself, I should have limbs and organs removed.

        Yes, this passage includes our Lord’s teaching against exclusivism, but what is meant by “salt” but to admonish that entity which scandals truth by removing the Catholic title or full communion status.

        • Cord Hamrick

          @Carl:

          Oh, don’t misunderstand me.

          I’d much rather have a Church, a country, an education system, a family, and (come to think of it) a self which never brought scandal to the cause of Christ.

          My “one year out of seven” remark was only a somewhat snarky way of saying that “hope deferred maketh the heart sick” and that after some number of years (including some when I wasn’t yet a Catholic but was already rooting for the good guys, so to speak) waiting for a single year to go by in which there wasn’t some scandalous outrage from a major Catholic university, one gets exhausted with being exasperated. My remark should be read as a weary kind of “faithful orthodoxy from every Catholic school every year? Heck, one year out of seven would be a nice change.”

    • http://www.bannonoceanart.com bill bannon

      Let me guess….Rome and the Pope are helpless to stop these things due to subsidiarity. Got it. Now imagine if one day we get a Pope who loves administration from dawn to dusk….let’s a Cardinal do the large Masses at St.Peter’s because he himself is administrating 24/7……and this future Pope will not want to write books or addresses or travel or bless this group or that church until he stops these enormities. It will come but only after more chaos.

    • Confederate Papist

      Bill – the Holy Father, Chair of Peter, is not an office like that of a president or prime minister. He cannot be a micromanager, but the bishops should (forgive the pun) “man up” and take responsibility for these instances, or pull all church funding from these educational black holes…..

    • http://www.bannonoceanart.com bill bannon

      As long as people like you give the Pope carte blanche to write books on the New Testament while Georgetown burns…..the chaos will continue. Let’s see if canon law thinks he is not a president:

      Can. 331 The bishop of the Roman Church, in whom continues the office given by the Lord uniquely to Peter, the first of the Apostles, and to be transmitted to his successors, is the head of the college of bishops, the Vicar of Christ, and the pastor of the universal Church on earth. By virtue of his office he possesses supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church, which he is always able to exercise freely.
      ——————————————————————————–

      Can. 333 §1. By virtue of his office, the Roman Pontiff not only possesses power offer the universal Church but also obtains the primacy of ordinary power offer all particular churches and groups of them. Moreover, this primacy strengthens and protects the proper, ordinary, and
      immediate power which bishops possess in the particular churches entrusted to their care.
      ——————————————————————————–

      §3. No appeal or recourse is permitted against a sentence or decree of the Roman Pontiff.

      NO APPEAL……..he has more power than a President or a CEO….or Oprah.

      ROFLOL……..will you subsidiarists ever tire for covering for men who simply don’t like administration….PERIOD.

      • Michael PS

        Bill, we tried it for the best part of three hundred years.

        From Sixtus V, who died in 1590, to Leo XIII, who was elected in 1878, we had a virtually unbroken succession of popes, who had risen through the ranks of the Vatican bureaucracy and who were, by habit, taste and training, administrators. Even Benedict XIV, better remembered today as Prospero Lambertini, the great canon lawyer, fits this mould.

        It is not unfair to describe the result as one of assiduous mediocrity. Even in Catholic countries, they had the same impact and the same popular appeal, as the average Secretary-General of the United Nations or President of the World Bank. Pio Nono was popular because he was pitied.

        Meanwhile, we had the Church riven by the Thirty Years War, the Quietist controversy, the Jansenist heresy, the Gallican controversy, Josephism, the suppression of the Jesuits, the French Revolution and its aftermath, and the Risorgimento, in none of which can the Holy See be said to have distinguished itself.

        • http://www.bannonoceanart.com bill bannon

          Michael PS
          None of the thirty Popes you mention could message a distant Bishop on another continent in seconds…..and get a reply same day. It took months.
          You might say administration further than Europe could not happen and took weeks there for a back and forth. A modern Pope could telephone Georgetown’s president and tell him to shut down any gay leagues that are not dedicated to chastity like the group Courage….and tell him to get back to him, the Pope, in a week to confirm that it was done. That’s presuming your data is correct that Sixtus V to Leo XIII were admining the Church and not admining the protection of the papal lands more so like Alexander VI etc. Having only one life, I can’t check on your sweep of history for an internet combox as to how much admining all 30 Popes did.

          • Michael PS

            Sixtus V put in place the finest administrative apparatus that Europe had seen, but you know the old saying, “Frederick the Great lost the battle of Jena” – a system suited to his needs and his age, slavishly adhered to, was unable to adapt to changed conditions and pretty much the same thing happened with the Vatican. Good men, pious men, of proven ability in a lifetime of administration and with their energies stultified by a Byzantine bureaucracy.

            If the popes devoted the same energy to administering the Papal States as Alexander VI, who pacified the Romagna and secured his frontiers, they did so very ineffectually, to the point that the 19th century popes were dependant on Austrian or French troops to maintain their rule over their sullen or mutinous subjects.

            Thirty popes and not a Leo or a Gregory, a Hildebrand or an Innocent III amongst them; the very suggestion seems absurd. Benedict XIV can fairly be ranked with Innocent IV as a canonist and with Leo X and Clement VII for his learning and he appears as a giant in that age of pygmies.

            Here is a simple test: was the period one of growth or decline in the authority of the Holy See and in the influence of the Church?

            • http://www.bannonoceanart.com bill bannon

              Michael PS
              You’re wandering afar and the French revolution and revolutions in general thereafter reduced all monarchical figures including the Popes and their land mass. The Popes and your royals are now still here and are welcomed with great fanfare as in Benedict’s US visit not because he has influence on anyone’s conduct outside of zealous Catholics….but because he brings the color and pomp of a bygone era and that fascinates because it is real theater to millions who clap but will never read him nor follow his conduct recommendations.
              Now….with instant communications in modern times….you have the infrastructure for management by Popes. There should not be stories of lavender graduations at Catholic universities. Letters don’t take 6 months by ship now. A Pope phoning the head of the Jesuits now takes seconds and in that call, the Pope could say….”end all gay activities in your school that are not repentance oriented and call me weekly at this hour to apprize me of progress…..if your country mandates such license, shut down and plan to move to another
              country.”
              You are defending the “is” Michael. What “is” is good. Church as already completely perfect. Vatican II said that won’t obtain til the end of time. But Catholic apologetics is always defensive….so the “is” is rationalized despite sex abuse scandals and lavender graduations and decades of inappropriate speakers stopped by no Pope because….they were writing something that would go down in history….or would be next to a Sam Hagar book on the NY Times bestseller list.
              Subsidiarity for each location of the world has an expiration date like milk….after which date, the Pope should be on the phone to take up the slack and do what locals have proved incapable of doing for years in their location.

            • Michael PS

              No, I am very far from defending the status quo.

              I was simply pointing out that popes who leave a lasting legacy, like Leo XIII and St Pius X are very rare indeed; you would have to go back to St Pius V and Sixtus V to find popes of their calibre. Pius XII was a great man, but did his best work as Secretary of State. I leave later popes out of account, as we are too close up to judge their legacies.

              Now, in the period I mentioned earlier, from Sixtus V to Leo XIII, it was the Propaganda that had the greatest successes, largely because, for reasons you have mentioned, the Roman authorities had to leave the initiative very largely in the hands of the local vicars-apostolic and the missionary orders, who, for the most part, rose to the challenge magnificently. The Faith flourished in the Missionary territories, as it crumbled in Europe, with the results we see today. Micro-management by a pope with a Blackberry could have wrought havoc!

              It was in Italy, where the papal influence might be expected to be strongest that we had the Jansenist Synod of Pistoia and relations between the French hierarchy and the Holy See, up until the Revolution, were very fraught.

    • http://www.bannonoceanart.com bill bannon

      and that “offer” instead of “over” in 333-1 shows that the Vatican mis- writes just like us folk.

    • http://mangiamamma.blogspot.com/ Nanci

      As someone who has just come back into the church in the last year, I am not surprised but disappointed to hear all of this. However, I know there are great CATHOLIC colleges out there including Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimac, NH- where my 20 year old son just finished his freshman year. They had Joseph Pearce as their commencement speaker as well as a Mass during the graduation. Ave Maria University in Florida had Dr. Thomas Hilgers, a pro-life OB/GYN as their speaker. These are the type of institutions we must be supporting even as we pray for the others who have gotten so far off the track.

    • Audrey

      Loyola University Maryland’s 2011 commencement speaker was Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., M.D., director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center who, while not a Roman Catholic, is well-known for his strong Christian ethics.

    • Larry Northon

      Maybe one of these years, Bishop “Wild Bill of Toowoomba” will be the commencement speaker at Georgetown or some other trendy once-Catholic place. He could even “ordain” priestesses to celebrate the graduation mass before his speech. Let’s see if the American bishops then do anything more than utter a few feeble protests, if that.

    • JoeMcCarthy

      The Lavender graduations is a new absurdity, that term is new parlance for queer, as queer is what it means.
      I disagree on idea though they are the cornerstone of a University and very much that of a Catholic University, that in itself these great representation of the Roman Catholic faith need to set their rudders straight and get off the celebratory of other and celebrate the values and beliefs of Catholicism at all times. Sic Transit Gloria

    • Mike

      Where are the bishops? Lumen Gentium: “For it is the duty of all bishops to promote and to safeguard the unity of faith and the discipline common to the whole Church, to instruct the faithful to love for the whole mystical body of Christ, especially for its poor and sorrowing members and for those who are suffering persecution for justice’s sake,(160) and finally to promote every activity that is of interest to the whole Church, especially that the faith may take increase and the light of full truth appear to all men.”

    • Laura

      Wow! Patrick was there any good news out there?
      Our sacramental Catholic marriage is looking like a stronger Christian witness each and every day.
      I tell the young ladies that work for me to unappoligetically set the bar high before marriage and lower it only after the wedding night!

    • Michael

      Patrick…it’s good to hear about what some colleges are doing seriously wrong….but can you tell about some of the good commencement speakers chosen at the real catholic universities. You are giving into cultural pressure when you rarely report on the good stuff. I hear the bad stuff all night on local and national news outlets. Keep up the good work of keeping our Catholic Universities accountable!!!

    • http://crisismagazine leo weishaar

      It seems as if a faithful catholic can not speak at a catholic graduation.
      it also seems as if the more anti-cathoic one is the more prestigious the school one is invited to.

    • http://peringer.blogspot.com Raymond Peringer

      Lavender graduation is an abomination. Never mind secularism, these so-called Catholics are killing religion from within. Any wonder why Muslims despise the West when we carry on like this?

      Decent people can be pushed around only so far before they react. When the reaction happens, it won’t be nice.

    • Rob Kirby

      I will be received next Sunday, on Pentecost. Reading about this kind of craziness makes me thankful for our poor-but-not-crazy diocese and the good Dominican fathers and missionary sister serving our parish. (I’m being received from a tradition with all of the lavender and death-culture craziness but none of the normative doctrinal standards that I can point my children to.)

      Yes, I wish bishops were more vocal about these kinds of problems, but things are not all bad. There are many signs of life in the Church. You hear much more bishops addressing pro-choice Catholic politicians than you did 10-15 years ago. Remember, it’s much easier to be an “armchair bishop” than it is to shepherd God’s flock. Let’s pray for the bishops in all their work, including dealing with public scandal.