There is nothing particularly new or interesting about this. Yes, it's a scandal that many in the administration of a "Catholic" school do not act or understand Catholic values. It's tremendously discouraging to see this, but it's not exactly "breaking news."
The real problem is that it presents a disunified sense of Catholic identity. This is especially difficult in Seattle, where most students are 2nd generations atheists. As a Catholic, I share in the identity of those who have a legitimate claim to be Catholic. And it is a kind of penance to share, corporately, in this word that both heretics and orthodox ascribe to themselves. It's an opportunity simply for prayer, and to continue embracing our Catholic morals and values--all the while we must keep ourselves in conversation with places like SU, otherwise we risk becoming isolated traditionalists.
Should Catholic universities aid Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups? The answer is obviously NO. However, Seattle University – a Catholic institution – offers students the option of interning for Planned Parenthood of Western Washington on its web site.
This shocking scandal must be opposed.
Unfortunately it gets worse. The Women Studies department at Seattle University encourages students to “get involved” with pro-abortion groups.
The Women Studies web page states: “On the Seattle University Campus, in the Northwest, and across the Nation there are countless women’s organizations for you to get involved with. Here are some links to help you get started.”
Immediately after this “get involved” offer, students find pro-abortion groups such as the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority and Legal Momentum.
Please help TFP Student Action counter the culture of death at Seattle University by alerting your pro-life friends about this issue. Spread the word by email, facebook, blogs and other social media.
To voice your concern politely yet firmly, please contact:
Fr. Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ
Seattle University, President
901 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122-1090