Perversity run amok at “Catholic” institutions of higher ed

Perversity run amok at “Catholic” institutions of higher ed

1. Former Transgender Woman Blasts Saint Louis Univ. for Hosting Transgender Activist

November 9, 2015, at Cardinal Newman Society | By Justin Petrisek |

In an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society, author, speaker and former transgender woman Walt Heyer was highly critical of Saint Louis University for agreeing to host transgender activist Laverne Cox, a man who lives as a woman, Monday night to discuss understanding “womanhood with a modern perspective” despite the Catholic Church’s teaching on human sexuality and gender identity.

“Transgender activists should not be allowed to encourage students toward apostasy in the teaching environment of a Catholic university,” Heyer told the Newman Society.
Heyer, who spent eight years as a woman after “sex change” surgery, currently works to raise awareness for those who regret their transgender surgeries and the resulting physical and psychological harm.

In some cases, it could be acceptable to host a transgender activist to speak, “but only if it is balanced with a well-informed psychiatric doctor with the opposing view on the stage,” Heyer told the Newman Society. This should be someone who has studied and published sound research in the opposing view and understands Catholic teaching on the matter.
Exposing students to transgender activism without the proper clinical and religious understanding has no place at a Catholic college, Heyer said, arguing that it goes against the proper teaching role given to Catholic colleges and introduces the students to potentially significant psychological and spiritual harm.

Last week, University President Fred Pestello intervened to have a student-led Planned Parenthood event moved off campus, the Newman Society reported. But the administration has yet to take action on the hosting of Cox by the student-run Great Issues Committee (GIC) that will give Cox a platform to “discuss her transgender journey and her understanding of womanhood with a modern perspective,” according to the event page.

A member of the GIC confirmed that the event will still take place on campus tonight despite the concerns of students and alumni and that Cox would be the sole presenter.
While the Catholic Church calls all people to treat those within the LGBT community with compassion, Pope Francis has reiterated the Church’s teaching numerous times on human sexuality, “gender theory” and transgender issues, encouraging all men and women to embrace their God-given sexuality.

In April, the Holy Father addressed the problem of questioning one’s gender:

Modern and contemporary culture has opened new areas, new freedoms and new depths for the enrichment of the understanding of this difference [of genders]. However, it has also introduced many doubts and much skepticism. For instance, I wonder, for example, if the so-called gender theory is not also an expression of a frustration and of a resignation, which aims to cancel the sexual difference because it no longer knows how to address it. Yes, we risk taking a step backward. The removal of the difference, in fact, is the problem, not the solution.

The Newman Society reached out to the University to see if Catholic teaching on human sexuality and transgender issues would be presented during the event, but no response was received by time of publication.

“The reprieve provided by surgery and life as a woman was only temporary. Hidden deep underneath the make-up and female clothing was the little boy hurt by childhood trauma, and he was making himself known,” wrote Heyer, speaking from his own experience, in his article “I Was a Transgender Woman.”

“Undergoing the surgical transformation can result in physical complications in some cases, but the real problem is the psychological damage it can inflict,” he pointed out.
The harms of embracing a transgender identity, which Heyer details further in his articles for Public Discourse, include depression, regret, high suicide rates, psychological damage, hormone imbalances and even blood clots and cancer resulting from the dangers of hormone therapy.

“Depression is common for this population as evidenced by a suicide attempt rate above 40 percent,” he said. “Gender changers who had the surgeries and later regret transitioning and want to go back to life in their birth gender are stuck with the consequences of the earlier surgeries. That can cause internal conflict and psychological damage.”

“This issue has more sides and angles than an octagon, and I’m afraid I can only scratch the surface,” he told the Newman Society. “Studies show that gay, lesbian and transgenders have a higher rate of early mortality, engage in high risk behaviors and die more frequently from HIV and other diseases.”

“Why encourage anyone,” Heyer asked, “toward a shortened life?”

2. Transgender Event at Catholic College: Cabrini College to have Transgender Day of Remembrance

by Rodney Pelletier • November 11, 2015

RADNOR, Pa. ( – Cabrini College is hosting a Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 19. The event will have a discussion on the “conceptualization of ‘gender’ in our society” followed by a transgender candlelight vigil to “honor and remember the lives of transgender individuals fallen victim to hate.”

The event is run by the Office of Student Diversity Initiatives, which, although at a Catholic school, makes no effort to promote what the Church teaches about same-sex activity. In fact, there are two events, called Ally 101 and Ally 201, which seek to teach people that homosexuality is normal and that they must empathize with “non-gender-conforming individuals.” They are using a text called An Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing the LGBT Community.

An event during “Unity Week” earlier this year it hosted an event called “Your Gender-Bred Identity” with the description:

Challenge conceptualizations of gender and explore the intersections of gender and sexuailty as it pertains to the theory of the “gender-bred person.”

Participants will have the opportunity to decorate a person-shaped cookie inspired by either themselves or their initial understanding of gender


There was also a Day of Silence described as a “student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, Day of Silence brings attention to harassment.”

Cabrini is a Catholic liberal arts college northwest of Philadelphia, and was founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s one of the first colleges in the United States that made community service a requirement for graduation, with a curriculum centered on social justice. But there’s no indication Cabrini promotes the Church’s teaching on the intrinsically disordered nature of same-sex relations.

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  1. The title of this post reminds me of an e-mail I sent recently to a “professor of religious studies” at my alma-mater ( asking him happened to the Edmundite priests who founded the college and what he thought of my website at which is my defense of Tradition and a group being anathematized by the local bishop here in Colorado Springs. Well, one would think he would at least have the courtesy to even give me even a curt reply but, no, these modernists have no desire to engage in “dialogue” with us because they know we are right – just like the senior hierarchy in Rome who would dialogue with anyone except Traditionalists.

    • The Cardinal Newman Society recently gave St. Mike’s a gold star for the following:

      Catholic College Denies Planned Parenthood Internship Credit, Others Linked to Abortion Giant

      November 11, 2015 | By Adam Cassandra

      While some Catholic colleges suggest Planned Parenthood for internships and job opportunities, officials at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., denied academic credit to a student who secured a public affairs internship with a local Planned Parenthood, citing respect for the “basic tenets and beliefs of the Catholic Church” and the organization’s continued advocacy for the “murder” of living persons.
      “One of [the Catholic Church’s] most fundamental convictions is that abortion is sin and is murder of a living person,” said Karen Talentino, vice president of academic affairs at Saint Michael’s, “so given that we are a Catholic college, I think it makes sense that we would not form a formal relationship with an organization that not only performs abortions but is an advocate for continuing to perform abortions.”
      The student, Erin Irons, a political science major and senior at the College, admits that a Planned Parenthood employee cautioned her that a previous student at Saint Michael’s was denied academic credit for the same internship, but Irons believed her situation would be different, saying, “The times have changed: it’s been four years since the last internship was denied.”
      But in those four years, the Church’s teachings on abortion and contraception have not changed.
      Talentino asserted the issue at hand is “really about the respect that the Catholic college has to show to basic tenets and beliefs of the Catholic Church, especially right now, when Planned Parenthood had been so politicized.”
      Irons said that the internship at the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which advertises that it commits abortions and offers contraceptives, would have prepared her for the “real world.” She eventually turned down the internship because she was denied academic credit.
      “I understand that [Saint Michael’s is] a Catholic institution … But it’s also an educational institution,” said Irons, who admitted to being raised Catholic but has since left the faith. Irons is pressuring Saint Michael’s to change their internship policies and provide a more thorough explanation as to why her request for academic credit was denied.
      Talentino argued that while students at Saint Michel’s should consider the potential learning experience when seeking internships, “they should also think about is there any reason why this might not be a good choice.” She noted that the College has staff to help students seek and obtain internships, and determine which organizations would be beneficial to students.
      Saint Michael’s distances itself from Planned Parenthood, but internship and career resources at several other Catholic colleges actually encourage students to apply with the abortion giant.
      In a special report published in August 2015, The Cardinal Newman Society identified 63 new connections between 27 Catholic colleges and Planned Parenthood based on searches of the colleges’ websites, an update from a 2011 study that first reported 150 such connections. Of the 63 connections identified in August, at least 14 were changed or removed permanently from the colleges’ respective websites as of September 10.
      Boston College, DePaul University, Seattle University, Stonehill College, University of Dayton, University of San Diego and Mount Saint Mary’s University in Calif., were all originally reported to have internship or job referral links to Planned Parenthood. DePaul University, Stonehill College, University of Dayton and University of San Diego subsequently removed those links.
      Planned Parenthood League of Greater Boston is listed among the suggested sociology internships provided by Boston College professor John B. Williamson. A note to the listing says, “The last intern there was responsible for finding and distributing articles related to reproductive rights issues.” The list was last updated on July 29, 2015.
      Boston College also continues to highlight the employment of a graduate who majored in linguistics and went on to become “Advocacy and Communications Coordinator at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.”
      Mount Saint Mary’s University in Calif., lists Planned Parenthood as one of the places their history majors have been accepted for internships.
      Seattle University continues to cite Planned Parenthood in scenario to help students prepare for job interviews.
      In its report, the Newman Society urges Catholic colleges and universities to take a “no-tolerance position” on relationships with Planned Parenthood, including disqualifying candidates for teaching positions.
      “There are matters of Catholic identity which require discernment and which may not point to simple solutions,” the report stated. “There is no such nuance here — Planned Parenthood is a serious danger to the health, lives and souls of innocent students. There is no place for Planned Parenthood on a Catholic campus.”

      • Maybe, and I do mean maybe, St. Mike’s is beginning to recover its identity as a real Catholic institution. We’ll have to wait and see of this is the case. I remember in my Freshman year, our Theology professor, an Edmundite priest who had arthritis so bad he nearly had to drag himself to class – now there was a priest who took his mission seriously. Where are priests like this now? I submit they are not in the “dept of religious studies” or anywhere else on the faculty at St. Mike’s,

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