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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fired Feminist Pro-Abort Instigates Attack on Steubenville Colleagues

Rebecca Bratten Weiss
Pro-Abort Feminist Idealogue
From Church Militant TV April 19, by Christine Niles:
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio ( - Alumni of the Franciscan University  of Steubenville [All three of them!] launched an attack against conservative professors at the Catholic school, but inside sources claim a fired professor is behind the move.
An open letter published by "alumni and friends" of the university accuses Professors Anne Hendershott and Stephen Krason, among others, of being "strongly ideologically aligned with the far right of American politics." As proof, the letter cites articles authored by Hendershott and Krason calling out liberal Catholic schools, leftist protests, Obama policies and feminism. 
"We question whether it is appropriate for the university, as an institution dedicated to upholding Catholic orthodoxy and academic rigor, to continue to provide an official venue for these writings," the letter states.
The alumni also attack the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, whose mission is to promote "natural moral law, illuminated by the light of faith, in order to defend both human freedom and dignity in the public square." Both Hendershott and Krason are affiliated with the Veritas Center. 
"We feel that, at least publicly, Franciscan has conflated orthodoxy with American right-wing partisanship," the letter claims. "As it stands, the Veritas Institute does not provide a venue for this debate but rather an echo-chamber for the ideological right."
The letter is signed by Claire Gilligan, Annie Marie (Sohler) Snoddy and Theresa (Bey) Williams, all graduates of Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) — and all friends with Rebecca Bratten Weiss, a former adjunct professor at FUS fired last year after her controversial positions on feminism and abortion were exposed.  (Read more here....)
Our beautiful Franciscan granddaughter
in Austria for the semester abroad.
What laughable accusations coming at the instigation of a leftist idealogue. Talk about an "echo chamber!" These silly women sound like Rebecca's clones. And who is she? Someone who never heard of an unborn baby she couldn't justify killing or an LGBTQXYZ issue she wouldn't champion! I'm embarrassed to share the same sex as these foolish women who show no evidence of "Catholic orthodoxy and academic rigor." Why did Weiss think she could publicly attack Church doctrine and continue to "teach" at a faithful and orthodox Catholic institution?

Thank you, Steubenville for firing Weiss. [Who hired her in the first place?] And thank you for requiring theology and philosophy professors to take the Oath of Fidelity.

As grandparents of a Steubenville senior who absolutely loves the school and the strong faith identity, my husband and I personally thank the university and its faithful Catholic professors for encouraging our granddaughter in the growth of her faith instead of robbing it from her like so many so-called Catholics schools do.

And thanks to Anne Hendershott and Stephen Krason for their excellent writing from a truly Catholic viewpoint. We need more courageous Catholics like them!

If you want to join your thanks to mine, send an email to President Fr. Sean Sheridan at


Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Here's the email I sent to Fr. Sheridan:

Dear Father,

I read the article this morning on Church Militant TV about Rebecca Weiss and the open letter from her friends criticizing Anne Hendershott and Stephen Krason. The very reasons they criticize are why we love Steubenville so much.

Our granddaughter is a senior at the college and she loves it! She participated in the semester abroad and spent her Spring break this year with Mother Teresa's order in New Mexico. I have watched her grow in her faith over the past few years and what a delight it is to realize there are at least a few Catholic schools that take their obligations seriously. My own alma mater, Trinity College in Washington, D.C. was already abandoning the faith when I attended it in the 60s. Today, it is hardly recognizable as a Catholic school.

I just wanted to say thank you. I'm a Catholic blogger and today I posted about this.

I hope you receive many grateful thanks. And I was delighted to see that the school expects a bumper crop of freshman next fall.

May God bless and magnify your work.


Mary Ann Kreitzer

Tom said...

From The Remnant, Friday, April 20, 2018: "The Current State of Catholic Higher Education" by Jesse Russell

Inclusion in a Cardinal Newman Society Guide means that some of the faculty at a Catholic college or university are attempting to provide a genuine Catholic education to the best of their ability. It is not a guarantee that all or even most faculty and staff are Catholics, conservatives, or even competent in their field.

Many of these schools are genuinely Catholic, but some simply look Catholic.

When I speak of problems at these schools, I am talking about systematic corruption and degeneracy that threatens the spiritual, moral and, yes, even physical wellbeing of students at these schools.

What sort of bad things go on at some of the Newman Guide schools? Well here is an incomplete list.

1) I know of a professor at a Newman school who during his tenure there, was divorced from his wife, hit on and even dated students, coaching two of them to become lesbians, and who openly taught heresy and philosophical errors.

2) At Newman Guide schools, there are openly pro-choice faculty who publicly express their support of euthanizing children with Down Syndrome.

3) There are departments at Newman Guide that include homosexual faculty who teach “Catholic” gender theory in theology classes.

4) There are not only Catholic Newman Guide schools that are having financial trouble, there is at least one Newman Guide school which will be entering into a period of financial probation next year due to a catastrophic financial situation.

5) At some Newman Guide schools, there are classrooms led by professors who expose students to soft core pornography in both print and on film.

6) There are faculty and staff and even administrators at some of these schools who suffer from severe mental health issues which affect not only their job performance but cause tremendous harm to students and coworkers.

7) There are gay cliques at some of these schools not only among the students but among the faculty, that is, the “conservative” Catholic faculty.

8) There are situations at these schools were students are subject to emotional abuse and manipulation by professors. I know of a specific situation where a parent phoned a former professor at one of these schools and complained about the way his daughter was being treated.

9) There are many, many faculty at these schools who are not only deficient in knowledge of basic Catholic teaching and completely ignorant of the Western tradition, but are oblivious of much in their own specialized field.

10) At at least one Newman Guide school, faculty (including non-Catholic faculty) are coerced into attending mass during days in which the school is being advertised to the outside world to make it seem like more people go to mass. At the same school, coaches force their largely no- Catholic players to fill up the pews, so it looks like the sports teams all go to mass in front of visitors to the school.

11) This one is my personal favorite: there is even a Newman Guide school at which there has been operating a Satanic cult for decades and which performs animal sacrifices on the grounds of the school. Several exorcisms have been performed by the diocese, and faculty, staff, and students have repeatedly brought this situation to attention to the administrators who have responded with orders to “be quiet.”

I am saying these things about Newman Guide schools because other faculty who currently work at these schools want me to say them. I am saying them because they are true, and I am saying them because if you plan on attending a Newman Guide school or sending your children there or even working at a Newman Guide school, you need to be very, very careful and smart before you make that choice.

[Poster's comment: I can identify at least one of the above connected with Steubenville. No need to fear: The tenured professor in question has since moved on (or was pushed that way) to become a Jungian psychotherapist in private practice.]