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Mark 13:13

Some updated news out of Gonzaga University:

Gonzaga University’s president has decided to allow the Knights of Columbus St. Aloysius Gonzaga Council #12583 to be approved as a sponsored organization, reversing a decision made in March.

Catholic organization, Catholic University named after a Catholic Saint? Yeah I think this was the right move.  It’s also a lesson for those who might suggest watering down the faith to appease the world as opposed to standing up fearlessly for the Lord.  In the words of spokesperson Mary Joan Hahn

”Dr. McCulloh once again affirmed the university’s value, respect and support for the purpose and good works of the Knights of Columbus, with which the university has enjoyed a long and mutually collaborative relationship at the local level.”

the Full statement is available here.

As May is a traditional Marian month and the Knights patron is our lady it’s a wonderful start spiritually for the University.


In my under the Fedora Column this week I mentioned the following story out of Gonzaga University rejecting official recognition as a official student organization.

“The Knights of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men’s organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” says a letter obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society written by Sue Weitz, Vice President for Student Life. “These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University’s commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.”

Well I found this odd so I gave the a ring, today I got an e-mail from Gonzaga University in answer to my tweets and phone call, I reprint the official statement from Gonzaga as is:



Gonzaga University’s Student Life division recently issued a decision that it could not recognize a proposed Knights of Columbus student club under its current club recognition process. The University is concerned that all of the factors involved in this decision have not been represented in their entirety, and thus may be misunderstood.

Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh states that Gonzaga honors and respects the purpose and good works of the Knights of Columbus, with which it has a long tradition and mutual collaboration at both local and state levels. The Knights of Columbus College Council (#12583) is already present within the student body and receives support from the administration. Gonzaga University’s core Catholic and Jesuit identity recognizes, encourages and supports many student organizations that advance faith-related issues (for example, Gonzaga Right to Life, and the Blessed John Paul II Fellowship).

President McCulloh has received a request from the sponsoring student to review the decision regarding the recognition of the organization as a student club, and has decided to undertake this review. The review is expected to take 30-45 days.

My thanks to Gonzaga for their prompt answer.

My thoughts:   Far be it from me as a mere 3rd degree member of a Knight of Columbus (Council #99) to question a college named after a saint but it’s my experience that if  you “honor and respect the purpose and good works” of an organization, have a “long tradition and mutual collaboration” with an organization and have a college council of an organization, and your college “recognizes, encourages and supports” organizations that are faith based, the idea of having an official student club of such a group would be such a no brainier that this entire story would not have taken place.

But that’s just me.

Being a trusting and totally uncynical person of Sicilian ancestry I’m sure the 30-45 day review will be strictly on the merits of the previous decision and will not at all hinge on how Catholic donors react or if people forget about the news over 30 days or if a letter comes from the Supreme Knights Council or perhaps some of the other 15,000 local K of C councils nationwide decide to write the college or how much play this gets on Catholic Blogs and how the local Bishop reacts etc etc etc.

After all I don’t see why I would suspect anything else from a catholic college


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A brand new week, a brand new $300 paycheck needed and a brand new chance to keep the home fires burning and make sure places like Gonzaga have someone asking questions.

It would be nice if the MSM was willing to do it but without them I might as well do it myself.

and it only takes 15 of you on a weekly basis or 60 of you on a monthly one to find $20 to spare to keep things rolling.

On yesterday’s show I heard about the Kerfuffe concerning Ted Kennedy’s widow Bishop McManus of Worcester and Anna Maria College:

A small Catholic college that invited Victoria Reggie Kennedy to speak at its spring commencement has rescinded the offer under pressure from the Worcester bishop, who described her apparent political views as out of line with Catholic teachings.

Some might wonder why Mrs. Kennedy might not be considered an appropriate commencement speakers for a Catholic College, I know one blogger who managed to figure it out:

Gee, lets see Mrs. Teddy, You are publicly pro-choice. Your late husband is symbolic of Obamacare. Remember the calls: “Do it for Uncle Teddy”? I do. You remember Obamacare Mrs. Teddy don’t you? The law that is part and parcel of the federal government trying to force its views on the Catholic Church. The faith that you find so important that believes that life begins at conception. That birth control and abortions go against God’s will. That both you and your late husband have worked all your adult lives to not only make legal, but to ever expand it.

My exposure to the story was via the AP read on the station and a story in the Worcester Telegram I’m seeing the Boston Globe story for the first time today as I write this and the following paragraph is very telling emphasis mine:

Anna Maria College in Paxton, west of Worcester, released a statement today placing the decision at the feet of Bishop Robert J. McManus and saying it still believes Kennedy is an appropriate choice.

Given my own history with Anna Maria College that last sentence doesn’t surprise me at all. When I took my son there for a college visit three years ago and found a College so secular that when I got a letter from Bishop McManus encouraging me to send my son there for a “Catholic Education” I wrote him saying:

I can’t reconcile your description of Anna Maria with what I saw and I can’t believe you would make that description after visiting the college yourself. While academically I believe it would be strong I don’t believe attending would foster his faith, in fact I suspect if he choose to wear his faith proudly it would go hard on him there.

The Bishop forwarded the letter to the college’s president who wrote me back assuring me:

Please know that we proclaim and practice our core identity as a Catholic and sisters of St. Anne institution in the classroom, through our programs and services, and in our practices on and off campus

That the college didn’t, and still doesn’t, see what the problem was is no shock, after all their Catholic Vision didn’t include a presence at any of the Catholic Men’s Conferences, or official presences at the 40 days for life or the Vigil for Unborn life…

…but in the end the college DID defer to the Bishop. That shows there is a glimmer of hope that the promise of their posted goals including:

Celebrating and affirming the College’s Catholic identity through programs, events and public statements.

still lives.

The first step is turning something around is to change direction. If this is the first public step to change that direction than I congratulate them for it. The college is going to be assaulted without mercy in the local, state and national press for this and these guys are going to need people to back them up and encourage them.

I’ll include them in my prayers, If you are Catholic, I suggest you do too. And to those at the college who are going to have to withstand the assault of the MSM remember the promised assault is part of the job description:

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

but comes with promised rewards

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12

In addition to the people there quite a few exhibitors attended the men’s conference.

Adopt a Student helps people pay for Catholic education.

I should make it plain you don’t have to be Catholic to get that aid

Lighthouse Catholic Media Offers CD’s from great Catholic speakers to help evangelize the faith.

I have a few of these CD’s myself, they are first rate and will tell you a lot more about the actual Catholic Faith as opposed to what people say it is.

If your interest is more political then you might want to check out Catholic Citizenship

Would that Bart Stupak did.

Thomas Moore liberal Arts College in Southern NH had a booth:

Magdalen College also attended but didn’t go on Camera with us. Strangely enough The College of the Holy Cross, Assumption College and Anna Maria college, all in Worcester had no presence at all. You would think colleges in Worcester that proclaim themselves Catholic would bother to show up. Feel free to contact them and ask why.

A Vatican representative from Rome attended promoting pilgrimages to holy places. Journey of the Spirit is the web site.

This is exactly the type of woman (a faithful Italian) that my mother urged each one of her sons to marry. Alas for mom none of us did.

As a member of the Knights of Columbus I would be derelict in my duty to not give my group a plug:

There were actually three Knights booth there. I actually joined the Knights at the Men’s conference last year.

Finally you likely have heard of ETWN but you might not have heard of Catholic TV. If you haven’t Bonnie Rogers solves that problem.

And beyond that there was a dizzying array of devotional books available from many different vendors.

A: Why calling on them to act Catholic of course.

Glenn Reynolds notes this is foolish but it is not unexpected. The blogger escaped from Communist Cuba:

Ave Maria is my second “ prom­ised land.” When my family and I freed ourselves from the grip of the Communists in Cuba and arrived in the promised land of the United States, we left behind years of per­secution, political imprisonment, executions, and hunger. But most of all we left behind the inhuman practice of silencing dissent— si­lencing our ability to speak the truth of the injustices we suffered. Free speech, and the ability to express dissent is what separates civilized societies from uncivilized ones. It is what my father was im­prisoned for — and many mem­bers of my family gave up their lives for, as devout Roman Catho­lics.

Her Full Critique is in four parts the other three are here.

Read them. They might shock you, but after my experience with Anna Maria College it didn’t shock me. (I’ve talked to quite a few students there and I’ve yet to meet one who doesn’t have the impression that I did although there is at least one promising sign.)

So the banning of her as a reporter is no shock:

America’s oldest Catholic newspaper, The Wanderer, assigned me to cover Ave Maria. Of the articles I have written for The Wanderer, only four have been about Ave Maria University. Yet, the University, of which Nick Healy is the President, banned me from Tom Golisano’s press conference on November 5th, and from the entire campus– allegedly for being disruptive at a public meeting held by the town’s Stewardship Committee. Stewardship Committee meetings have nothing to do with Ave Maria University.

The hubris and lack of credibility in that excuse of President Healy is evident.

Ave Maria University’s heavy handedness in not only banning me from the press conference, but also from the entire campus with County Sheriff deputies, shows how frightened they are of conservative and pro-life Catholics learning who “Tom” Golisano is—a man who ran for governor three times on a pro-choice platform and gave $1 million last year for Barack Obama’s coronation in Denver.

For our friends in the Cafeteria two quick quotes:

Let’s begin with Luke 9:26

Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

And finish with 2 Timothy 2:12

if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us.

The Lure of the world is a dangerous thing lets pray Ave Maria decides to resist it.

…apparently not so well:

In his address at the University of Notre Dame, Obama talked a good game about respecting conscience on abortion rights. He did the same thing when he met the Pope.
But that was all it was — talk.

The Obama Administration’s attack on Belmont Abbey College proves that.

Apparently the Catholic College decided that the “Catholic” part actually matters as they were unwilling to cover contraception, abortion, and voluntary sterilization all directly opposed to the college’s faith so of course we had a lawsuit and the results were interesting…

Belmont Abbey College was not discriminating against women. Unlike many “believers in name only” the college was adhering to the principles of its faith.

At first, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found no evidence of gender discrimination by Belmont Abbey College… After a few weeks, the EEOC mysteriously reversed course and announced, in effect, that the college had better toe the Administration’s line, or else.

They are now demanding the school go against the very principles it exists to serve.

I presume they are going to fight it as far as they can, if they lose then there is only one choice that is acceptable in terms of faith and that is to simply drop all coverage divert the cost into the pay of the employees so they can purchase private insurance to cover what they wish.

But I’m over-reacting after all the state wouldn’t go after Catholics for obeying their faith would they?

So how did that work out Fr. Jenkins?

Of course, this does not mean we support all of his positions. The invitation to President Obama to be our Commencement speaker should not be taken as condoning or endorsing his positions on specific issues regarding the protection of human life, including abortion and embryonic stem cell research. Yet, we see his visit as a basis for further positive engagement.”

Maybe you should thank him.