Letter to the editor
Catholicism at UDM: grasping at sand in the wind
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 13:02
As practicing Catholics coming to this "Catholic" university, it came as somewhat of a shock to the both of us just how secularized and even anti-Catholic this university has become.
After much frustration and disillusionment, we have come together to write this editorial in protest of these abuses, which we shall elaborate upon.
In the first place, we would like to acknowledge the fact that the University Ministry does, in fact, attempt to promote Catholic teachings and values, as it rightly should, as the University of Detroit Mercy is under the jurisdiction and charge of the Catholic Magisterium and not any other faith or creed.
It is with great disdain that we feel we must now charge our own university with indifference to these abuses, which have occurred under its watch.
As to laying out our grievances, we would like to start with the first and most obvious – that of the university's blatant link to Planned Parenthood of America, found on the university's website, under the Women's and Gender Studies Program's webpage.
While the webpage does not implicitly state its support for Planned Parenthood, the act of placing a direct link to Planned Parenthood's website makes the university complicit in the actions of Planned Parenthood, i.e. abortion and contraceptives, and cannot be denied.
Secondly, if a mass is to be said at an appointed time, a priest should be there to say it, as we are tired of going to mass at the university and not having a priest there at all – not that somebody other than a priest is saying the mass, but it is annoying when mass doesn't happen when it's supposed to.
Thirdly, it is alarming to us that the University Ministry, as well as the many priests associated with the university, did not make any attempt whatsoever to distribute or read the letter of the archbishop of Detroit concerning the HHS Contraceptive Mandate through mass or any other available medium.
This act of indifference is blatantly against the explicit orders of the archbishop and is clearly an act of censorship. Catholics at the university have a right to know the church's doctrinal teachings, and other pro-life religious organizations have a right to know about the mandate's support of abortion and contraceptives.
In so doing this, the university and its associated clergy have taken a stance contrary to the authority of the archbishop. The priests at the university especially have no excuse in this, as they have been informed by concerned students of their "inaction," and they have persisted in their refusal.
The University of Detroit Mercy is primarily a Catholic college, under the magisterium of the Catholic Church. It should not secede its morality and doctrine in order to accommodate secularism in its various forms.
Secularism must be resisted on all the necessary points, especially with regard to the issues of abortion, contraception and the culture of death as a whole.
Sean Crisman and