Report Reveals Catholic Colleges’ links to Planned Parenthood
A new report released today by The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) reveals a troubling relationship between Planned Parenthood and several Catholic colleges and universities.
The report titled “A Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood” unearths more than 150 current and past connections of Catholic colleges and universities to the national abortion provider, as documented on the Internet. In the report, CNS urges Catholic colleges and universities to “embrace a no-tolerance position for any relationship with Planned Parenthood,” which CNS asserts is “a leading contributor to what Pope John Paul II labeled a ‘culture of death’.”
This is just another example of Planned Parenthood’s infiltration into every fabric of our society. One in four abortions are performed by Planned Parenthood and, as Abby Johnson revealed, they make money performing them. What better place to make money than through our colleges and universities?
An important fact to also keep in mind – in order to get the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA aka. Obama-care) under spending limits it included language altering federal student loan programs by eliminating the Federal Family Education Loan program and shifting all student loans to a government-run and taxpayer financed system under the Direct Loan program. While this legislation had nothing to do with health care reform, the provision scored as reducing the deficit by $19.4 billion, which was used as an offset against the $1 trillion cost of the legislation.
Colleges and universities partially rely on tuition to operate. This means any student on federal financial aid, attending a Catholic institution of higher education, is now becoming doubly culpable in using tax dollars to support Planned Parenthood indirectly when a Catholic college or university enters into a partnership with them.
In his remarks to educators at The Catholic University of America on April 17, 2008, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI said:
“It comes as no surprise, then, that not just our own ecclesial communities but society in general has high expectations of Catholic educators. This places upon you a responsibility and offers an opportunity. More and more people – parents in particular – recognize the need for excellence in the human formation of their children.”
He later went on to say in his conclusion:
“Teachers and administrators, whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice. This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found in the Gospel and upheld by the Church’s Magisterium, shapes all aspects of an institution’s life, both inside and outside the classroom. Divergence from this vision weakens Catholic identity and, far from advancing freedom, inevitably leads to confusion, whether moral, intellectual or spiritual.”
It is our hope the lay and episcopal leadership of these important institutions will remember the words of the Holy Father when he visited the United States and closely examine CNS’ report for ways to take appropriate action.
By Matt Smith, Vice President of Catholic Advocate