Church Teaching 101

Church Teaching 101

Alumni of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., are raising a ruckus because the college is having pro-abortion TV personality Chris Matthews as the commencement speaker.

Father Michael McFarland, SJ, the president of Holy Cross, responded to the criticism by saying that Matthews’ support for legal abortion is “allowable in Catholic thought”—a position that is clearly incompatible with the teachings of Pope John Paul II and the Catholic Church. Father McFarland lashed out at alumni protesters, saying that they have “no authority whatsoever to dictate what is ‘Catholic.’”

I am wondering where exactly Fr. McFarland found the Church teaching that said supporting abortion is allowable for Catholics. It also makes me wonder about the quality of Catholic theology at the school.

But, really, is anyone surprised? We have the same argument year after year. Yet nothing seems to get accomplished. The difference here appears to be that where the local bishop won’t doing anything about it, the alumni will. If the college can’t be forced to conform to its own mission and values by the teaching authority of the local authority, maybe it can be done by hitting it in the wallet by alumni refusing donations, a message every college surely understands.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli

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