Tuesday, May 8, 2012
THERE ARE THREE CULPRITS IN THE SECULARIZATION OF AMERICA AND THE WORLD
Sadly, even in Catholic institutions of higher learning this is true. Some institutions are doing so more egregiously than others. Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to speak at their commencement exercise was understandable. On one hand, who wouldn't want what the President of the USA speaking at their commencement exercises. But on the other hand, given President Obama's vociferous defense of abortion on demand and openness to even partial birth abortion, one would have thought that this might exclude him from speaking at a Catholic University's commencement exercises. On top of that, the President made good political use out of the event to further divide and conquer the Catholics of this country.
Now Georgetown University owned and operated by the Jesuits (who the last time I checked are called to uphold Catholic teachings) have invited Heath and Human Services Director, Catherine Sebelius to speak at one of their commencement exercises for one of their particular schools.
Catholic World News reports: "As Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sebelius is responsible for the mandate that requires almost all health plans to provide coverage, without copayments of any kind, for contraception, women’s sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs."
In 2008, Archbishop Joseph Naumann revealed that he had asked Sebelius not to receive Holy Communion because of her support for legalized abortion.
In its 2004 document “Catholics in Political Life,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that “the Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”
My final comment: She is at the vortex of the storm that has led the USCCB to rally Catholics and others of goodwill to stop her government's intrusion into the life of the Church by mandating religious institutions to pay for something that is morally offensive to the Church.
What gives here? Well, Academia wants all voices to be heard and students to be exposed to a wide range of thoughts (as though they wouldn't be without the institutions endorsement and sponsoring of such). And they want students to express their personal beliefs even if these go against Church teaching. It is as though these academic institutions of Catholic higher learning want to be a parallel magisterium foment the type of change in the Church they would like to see in the areas of human sexuality and genderless theology.
Many Catholic institutions of higher learning have done more to harm the faith of those who attend these institutions forming them with a pseudo-Catholicism that place all opinions and beliefs on the same footing. It is more of the exaltation of individualism of our secular culture to the detriment of the unifying communal aspect of the faith and morals of the Church, what is called the "Deposit of Faith."