Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts apparently supports Planned Parenthood. It is playing host to a conference for The Massachusetts Alliance for Teen Pregnancy which features organizations such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.
Among those who have spoken out forcefully has been Bishop Robert J. McManus of the Diocese of Worcester, who said in a lengthy statement, “It is my fervent wish that the administration of the College of the Holy Cross will unequivocally disassociate itself from the upcoming conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy so that the college can continue to be recognized as a Catholic institution committed to promoting the moral teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.”
Bishop McManus identified three key reasons the event should be cancelled: Holy Cross living its identity as a Catholic university; the Church’s teachings on life issues; and Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts’ position in opposition to Church positions on life.
Unfortunately, Holy Cross President Father Michael C. McFarland, S.J. responded to the Bishop’s thoughtful statement by declaring his continued support for the event.
The full story is at Phatcatholic Apologetics.
This is nothing short of scandalous. Keep the college administration, especially Father McFarland in your prayers. They ought to know better.
Related: The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College
Update: The Cardinal Newman Society is putting on a counter-event highlighting Catholic teaching as an answer to the problem of Teen Pregnancy. Click over to Dawn Eden's blog to read more.