Friday, October 12, 2007
Renting a facility on its campus to a teen pregnancy group that supports contraception and abortion rights for teenagers has created a dust-up at the College of Holy Cross, after Bishop Robert J. McManus expressed his opposition to this business decision, The Boston Globe website reports.
Amusing is the comment by group spokeswoman Patricia Quinn:
We were surprised by the response, because this is just a business relationship.
The comment reveals the underlying assumption that Jesuits hold Catholic moral values on Sunday morning, and secular moral values during the rest of the week--a thought process that apparently was in effect at Holy Cross during the last several years since the Holy Cross spokeswoman was
not sure why the conference drew attention this year. Planned Parenthood and NARAL both had participated in the past...
Apparently being Catholic on Monday is a concept beyond the ken of Holy Cross representatives, since John P. Hamill, chairman of the college's board of advisers, said "
I find it very hard to understand why this is an issue of great concern after six years.
Poor man. He is just waking up and getting a whiff of Catholic, and doesn't seem to know what to make of it.
Adding to the humor is the response from Jack Dunn, Boston College spokesman:
As a fellow Jesuit university, we do not judge Holy Cross and are not aware of the circumstances that led to the decision...However, as a matter of policy, Boston College does not allow its facilities to be rented by groups in opposition to church teaching.
Given the many controversies surrounding Boston College, this is a pot calling the kettle black if I ever saw one. But the decision to let Holy Cross go it alone is akin to rats running out of a burning building.
The title of the proposed program scheduled for the campus is "Messages that Matter: Strengthening Prevention and Supporting Young Families". Looks like everyone got a Message that Matters, though not the one they planned to deliver.
This has to top the list of Friday funnies for October!