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I picked this up from the Cardinal Newman Society which keeps an eye on what’s going on at Catholic schools. My emphases and comments:
Catholic Professor: Bishops “Un-Christian” on Coverage for Contraception
A sociology professor at Fordham University has blasted U.S. bishops and Catholic universities that uphold the Church’s teaching on contraception as “un-[C]hristian.” [So, paying for abortifacients and IUD’s is what Jesus would do.] Writing in the Huffington Post, Associate Professor of Sociology Jeanne Flavin accused the bishops of showing a “staggering disregard for young women’s everyday lived reality, and their futures” for their stance against providing insurance coverage for contraceptives. [She should probably be an Episcopalian.]
Flavin, the author of Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America, [puhleez] seems incensed by the recent decision by Xavier University to stop providing contraceptive coverage and the bishops very public struggle for religious liberty against the HHS contraceptive mandate.
Flavin concludes her piece for the liberal website even more bombastically, saying:
The principle of cura personalis (or “care for the whole person” [Is that what “cura personalis” means?]), central to the mission of Catholic schools, does not come with a qualifier that says “unless you are sexually active” or “except if you are a woman.” [I suspect that the writer doesn’t believe in sin, other than “structural” sin.] While Catholic social teachings communicate powerful and uplifting messages about the dignity of the human person, the contraceptive coverage ban (not to mention the Vatican’s recent rebuke of the American Catholic nuns for not promoting the “Church’s biblical view of family life and human sexuality”) shouts volumes about women’s second-class status in the Catholic Church. [Lemme see here…. the writer applauds the Church’s “social teaching”, but elsewhere (read below) she is in favor of abortion, the ultimate violation of human dignity. She claims there was a “rebuke of American Catholic nuns”, which at least an error of fact if not an open lie. The CDF, not the USCCB – about whom she is sniveling – instigated a reform of the leadership of the LCWR, not “American nuns”. And she seems to have a bone to pick with the “Church’s biblical view”. ] This disrespect for the women who are here — in our midst, on our campuses — being shown by a powerful minority of conservative Catholics in favor of purported concern for the unborn must be called out for what it is: profoundly un[-C]hristian. [So the bishops have a dubious, or purported concern for the unborn. She, on the other hand, seems to be okay with killing the unborn. Read on.]
Flavin wrote in The San Francisco Chronicle in 2008 that then-presidential candidate Barack Obama made her heart “flutter, nay, pound”” [OH, he’s so dreeeeeamy!] when he said he had an abortion litmus test for Supreme Court nominees. She also described the practice of late-term abortionist George Tiller as “compassionate.” [What a gal. Let’s hear it for Fordham!]
[Get this…] Flavin contended in her piece in HuffPo that colleges and universities must take the place of dysfunctional and struggling families. She writes that “to do otherwise is to fail our students.” [The colleges should displace the outdated “biblical” view family and replace it with some sort of collective liberal Sparta. I had a flash of a Star Trek episode or movie in which we catch a glimpse of Borg baby incubators.]
In light of the Pope’s recent statement that “the Christian vision, presented in its breadth and integrity, proves immensely appealing to the imagination, idealism and aspirations of the young, who have a right to encounter the faith in all its beauty, its intellectual richness and its radical demands,” perhaps, in the end, it is Fordham that is failing its students. [Yes, perhaps.]