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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Decline of faith at Fordham and Xavier

At Fordham, "Fair is foul is not fowl and foul is fowl is not fair."
For reasons of their own, leaders of Catholic colleges are choosing to bestow their highest honors on people who publicly oppose the Church on key moral issues. This despite the bishops’ instruction 13 years ago to stop the nonsense.

It is as if some college leaders—and these are prominent, influential leaders in the Church—delight in taunting the bishops, year after year, to do something about the repeated scandals. The Church stands firm on principle, while our society (especially academia) rejects truth because it’s fashionable to do so.

In particular, consider FORDHAM UNIVERSITY's recent decision against Chick-Fil-A, reportedly made because students, voicing concerns that the chain is anti-gay, are protesting the company president’s pro-traditional marriage statements. Proposals for other college campus Chick-Fil-A restaurants has also been a problem at Pittsburg's Duquesne (Catholic), and also Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 

The Cardinal Newman Society's article states: "It’s unclear if the students protesting Chick-Fil-A are familiar with the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage—or that they attend a Catholic university."

FORDHAM's students are being coddled instead of formed. They are denied the truth of our Catholic faith. And that is tragic, especially when done in the name of the Church.

Likewise, Manhattan's XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL celebrates author Chris Lowney who wrote a prior book glorifying Pope Francis. Lowney is an ex-Jesuit and the "Liberal Most Likely to be Counted On" to glorify Pope Francis and to praise
the doctrinal changes promoted by Pope Francis.

Justice Antonin Scalia in his Xavier High School years

He will explore those provocative claims at Xavier High School on June 6, drawing from his brand-new book Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church. 

XAVIER'S SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION totally rejected an offer of free official Catechisms of the Catholic Church, because they did not agree with the doctrine referenced therein. Also the Xavier Administration rejected alumnus Rudolph Lohse's The Educated Catholic for much the same reason. 

Presumably Justice Antonin Scalia, who also graduated from Xavier and criticized the Jesuit operation of the school on his invited visit there a few years ago, would be just as unhappy with the current state of affairs, if he were still alive.

It's unlikely that XAVIER and FORDHAM now have anything in common with the educational institutions they once were.


  1. For the most part, the only Catholic colleges that still deserve the name are the small ones that are popping up around the country. So let's support them: Christendom, Franciscan University of Steubenville, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wyoming Catholic and the other Catholic schools recommended in the Newman guide to Catholic colleges. They all need our prayers and donations! Wouldn't writing out a check to your favorite be a good way to celebrate Mother's Day.

  2. A few years ago my husband and I looked at our charity giving and decided to weedle it down to about 12. The Majority being Catholic Colleges. The more young people we send into the world with their formation being truly Catholic, will stem the tide of this culture of death. Along with out donations, we should all pray that Catholic parents will see the light and look into moral formation their sons and daughters will be getting. And, of course, also pray for the so called Catholic colleges to become truly Catholic.

  3. I try to look and follow which state universities (and even non Catholic universities such as Baylor) have GOOD Catholic Student Centers that are faithful to Church teaching. The schools that have centers faithful to Church teaching (i.e. Texas A and M ) are thriving, where the ones that are doing the "watering down" have poor attendance. Over the past 15 years, many dioceses seem to be paying more attention to the Catholic Student Centers, because this is where the future is coming.