Fraud Alert

This past week I received via regular mail a magazine from my Alma Mater, St. Michael’s College, VT, with Senator Patrick J. Leahy pictured on the cover. Leahy graduated from St. Michael’s one year ahead of me in 1961. But, since St. Michael’s purports to be a Catholic institution and since Leahy is currently, as President Pro Tempore of the US Senate. third in line to the Presidency, I think it necessary that readers know his views as reported in Wikipedia:

“Leahy has held progressive political positions that are generally in line with those of the state. He has generally supported abortion rights, rejecting proposals to limit minors or those stationed on military bases from having the procedure performed. He has been supported by the NAACP and is outspoken in his support for affirmative action. Leahy has been one of the most gay rights-friendly members of Congress; he has supported the legalization of gay marriage and reducing discrimination against gays and lesbians. Leahy has called for the domestic partners of federal employees to receive the same benefits as heterosexual couples.”

All of this from a graduate of supposedly Catholic institution? It boggles the mind. Now, Vermont has a habit of electing what one might call “independent” thinkers but this guy is beyond the pale. As for St. Michael’s, it is IMO no longer a Catholic Institution.

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6 comments on “Fraud Alert

  1. Sadly, that’s very true Phaley. I spent a lot of time in Vermont over the years and while the people there were once independent thinkers, and rugged individualists, most are now secular liberals. Leahy fits right in. The other U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders is a bona-fide socialist, which he proudly acknowledges. I don’t know anything about St. Michael’s college, but I hope they haven’t gone the way of other former Catholic colleges into liberalism, modernism and relativism. John Stark, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys must be spinning in their graves. I’m pretty sure I heard somewhere that one of Ethan’s daughters became a Catholic nun back then. While Ethan and the boys weren’t perfect, I’d rather have them running Vermont than the people now.

    • Unfortunately, they have gone the way of other former Catholic colleges and I cannot in conscience recommend it to anyone. Most of the student population when I was there were from NY, NJ and MA and it was an all-male school with an Edmundite priest as President. That, of course, is no longer the case. But it is a beautiful, scenic, area and would be a perfect place for the restoration of Tradition were that even possible today.

  2. I graduated from SMC in 1976. Sad to say, but phaley’s assessment is right. I have felt for several years now that it was no longer a Catholic college. In fact, come to think of it, it was either no longer Catholic or at least losing its Catholicism when I was there. Let’s pray for the restoration of Tradition at St. Michael’s College.

  3. In fairness, I must say that they have a great library and I have benefitted from borrowing great Catholic books from it, such as Lord of the World and what I am currently reading, Philip III.

    • Also in fairness, I believe there are many good people currently in residence or attached to St. Michael’s. My only problem is what they are teaching in their Humanities program and whether the values they promote are in accord with the perennial magisterium of the Church as it existed for over two thousand years until 1962. I’m speaking primarily of the Theology and Philosophy disciplines and I recognize not all will agree with my analysis. I remember a priest, Fr. Duford, who taught Freshman Theology and who had to really struggle to make it to class because of the arthritis that was plaguing his body. But, he carried on and was a living example to all of us.

    • Sorry, that’s Philip II.

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