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The headline reads: “Planned Parenthood Decision Sparks Seattle U Protest.” In typical fashion, you can’t really tell what the story is about, except that it has to do with Planned Parenthood, Seattle University, and protests (a frequent pastime in Seattle). It’s probably not what you think, though.

Seattle University used to be a private, Jesuit University. Over the years, the school has strayed farther and farther from being really Catholic, and I’m pretty sure the majority of students there are no longer Catholic. The decision in question, taken by the President of the college, was not to include Planned Parenthood on an online list of medical-care resources. About 1,000 students, faculty, and alumni were protesting this decision! You know what color Seattle is (as blue or maybe red/communist as can be), and as I have pointed out before, progressives are progressive first, and everything else later, including Catholic. With Abortion as the Holy Sacrament of the Progressive movement, any action to discourage it is taken as an affront by the population.

I’m not even Catholic, but this story really makes me sad.

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There are 9 comments.

  1. Dr. Bastiat Member

    Wow. Just amazing.

    • #1
    • October 15, 2019, at 4:32 PM PDT
  2. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I will shed no more tears for the Jesuits (there are still a few good ones, but not many). The order may as well break away and form a new sect of protestantism where the clergy is married gays and abortion is celebrated as freedom. And maybe they’d like to take the Pope with them. That would be nice.

    • #2
    • October 15, 2019, at 4:34 PM PDT
  3. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Even if it isn’t mentioned on the school site, there is this thing called Google. . . 

    • #3
    • October 15, 2019, at 4:56 PM PDT
  4. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    I hate to say it after 12 years of Catholic school but the Pope would be comfortable there.

    • #4
    • October 15, 2019, at 5:15 PM PDT
  5. James Lileks Contributor

    From the article:

    He emphasized that while the university, which is a private Jesuit school, will not officially associate with Planned Parenthood, faculty and staff are free to discuss the organization on a personal or academic basis.

    As if “free discussion” means anything in the face of a lack of official association, which is literally violence. There is a standard for justice and equity and enlightenment, and that’s state-funded third-trimester abortions for nuns, and anything short of that is unacceptable.

    I can see someone making that argument at a public university, but the narcissism of people who are unhappy that a Catholic school doesn’t associate with an abortion provider is . . . astonishing. 

    • #5
    • October 15, 2019, at 10:16 PM PDT
  6. Doug Watt Moderator

    CAINO- Catholic In Name Only. There are some dissident alumni groups associated with Jesuit universities and colleges that are trying to right the boat.

    William Peter Blatty, author of the Exorcist may be the most prominent name known in the collection of dissident Jesuit alumnus that are fighting the good fight. Although he had married four times, but after all the Catholic Church is for saints, and sinners-for respectable people the Anglican Church will do. 

    Blatty was a Roman Catholic. In 2012, he filed a canon law petition against his alma mater Georgetown University. According to Blatty, the school for decades has been at variance with Catholic church teaching by inviting speakers who support abortion rights, and disobeying Pope John Paul II’s instructions issued to church-affiliated colleges and universities in 1990.

    • #6
    • October 16, 2019, at 6:43 AM PDT
  7. Stad Thatcher

    RushBabe49: I’m not even Catholic, but this story really makes me sad.

    I’m saddened any time a traditional value is challenged by people whose ideology is “I don’t like it, so it must go.”


    • #7
    • October 16, 2019, at 7:21 AM PDT
  8. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    It is the responsibility of our bishops to ensure that schools and other organizations advertising themselves as Catholic must adhere to basic Catholic standards or else be legally prohibited from claiming to represent Catholicism.

    The Church has become too tolerant of heretics, who should be tolerated to advocate error but not as representatives of Christianity. Such immoderate and unqualified tolerance results in the wanton confusion we have witnessed for generations, by which “cafeteria” beliefs commonly substitute for dogma and conscience is misunderstood as one’s own subjective feelings.

    • #8
    • October 16, 2019, at 9:56 AM PDT
  9. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    This is astonishing the stink made over something the college President shouldn’t do. It’s not like students (these are adults, I think) wouldn’t be able to figure out where PP is. They want a nominally Catholic institution to virtue signal over this. I don’t know what their revenue condition is in, but many institutions of higher education have to be concerned about remaining fiscally viable. It’s not like the protesters are going to withhold any charitable giving based on this decision, but charitable Catholics who currently support the college or are considering sending their children to such a place might choose to withhold funds should the institution adopt an obviously anti-Catholic position. I think the college is right to stick to their values. They know doing otherwise could hurt them in the pocketbook.

    • #9
    • October 16, 2019, at 12:41 PM PDT