Monday, May 24, 2010

Saint Mary's College of California: Determined to Disappoint

Oh Saint Mary's... I have to say that I've come to a point where I can no longer be disappointed by my alma mater, a college that seems determined to vie with it's neighbors, including Paul's current University, for the dubious title of "Least-Catholic-University-with-a-Catholic-Name." Being disappointed would involve some level of positive expectations and after they gave a scholarship in honor of an abortion provider earlier this year (and then carefully explained why it was 100% okay for them to do so), I can't say I expect anything good to come out of the little school without some major changes in leadership (a tiny bit of common sense wouldn't hurt!).
“Clearly at odds with fundamental Catholic teachings”
St. Mary’s College chooses pro-abortion, Prop. 8 foe as commencement speaker

“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.” -- “Catholics in Political Life,” USCCB, June 2004

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, a career politician who during 20 years in the state legislature compiled a nearly perfect pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood voting record, spoke yesterday at commencement exercises for graduate and professional programs students at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga.

O’Connell’s selection as commencement speaker gives California the dubious distinction of having four of the nine Catholic colleges and universities nationwide identified by the Cardinal Newman Society as having invited spring commencement speakers “whose public positions and actions are clearly at odds with fundamental Catholic teachings.”
Of course Paul's School couldn't let SMC have the only controversial commencement speaker. Here's the section on USF from the same article that points out some of there choices:
University of San Francisco
Fr. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University, responsible for inviting President Barack Obama to speak at last year’s commencement ceremonies there and who awarded the pro-abortion president an honorary degree. Fr. Jenkins’ invitation resulted in a firestorm of opposition -- including from his own bishop, who refused to attend the commencement ceremonies. At least 83 bishops went on record in opposition to Fr. Jenkins’ invitation.

Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Catholic Healthcare West, a donor to the Barack Obama campaign, and supporter of the recently passed healthcare reform bill opposed by U.S. bishops.

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