It is considered an unholy alliance by a number of Catholic leaders. Now a group of 16 pro-life leaders, led by The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) and Students for Life of America (SFLA) have sent a letter to Fr. Stephen Sundborg, President of Seattle University asking him to sever ties with Planned Parenthood.
Patrick J. Reilly, CNS President says, "Seattle University, as a Catholic and Jesuit institution, has a God-given responsibility to live up to its religious identity. Such an identity certainly precludes involvement with those organizations facilitating the slaughter of innocents. May Seattle University today turn a corner and resolve to sever these scandalous connections."
Seattle University's cooperation with Planned Parenthood includes:
* Referring students to PP for so-called "sexual health services".
* Allowing and promoting student internship with PP.
* Hiring employees with past experience with PP and highlighting that experience on the University's website.
* Honoring students for their past work with PP.
Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of "Students for Life of America" says, "Promoting and glorifying Planned Parenthood and other abortion organizations on any campus is unacceptable, most especially on a Catholic campus. Planned Parenthood is the nation's abortion Goliath and has repeatedly been found to protect rapists, racists and see traffickers of minors. Time and time again, Planned Parenthood has proved its business is abortion, plain and simple. Seattle University must remove Planned Parenthood from campus and sever all ties with the abortion industry."
A quick review of the website suggests that Seattle University has evolved away from the core values of its 1891 Jesuit Catholic founding.
As Patrick Reilly worried, it may have indeed abandoned its religious identity.
I am not a Catholic, but it is difficult for me to believe that this is what Ignatius de Loyola had in mind in founding the Society of Jesus.
President Sundborg has not yet responded to the public call for him to sever ties with Planned Parenthood. We will keep you posted.
It probably doesn't mean anything, but I was told yesterday that Senator Patty Murray was on campus recently.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.
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