DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) The University of Detroit Mercy, a Jesuit university, is promoting links to Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International and the Transgender Law Center as resources in its women's and gender studies program.
Mercy allows for students to major or minor in its Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) program, which it describes as "a diversity and social-justice-focused area of study that examines how our beliefs about gender and sexuality shape our personal identities and the world we live in."
It goes on to read, "The Women's and Gender Studies faculty and program at University of Detroit Mercy have always been firmly committed to issues of social justice, equity and the recognition and examination of underrepresented and disadvantaged peoples."
It lists several websites as resources to students, most of which promote views contrary to Catholic Church teaching such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), responsible for millions of abortions every year.
Although the university notes the links are for "informational purposes" and it doesn't necessarily endorse them, it does not provide any links to organizations that promote Church teaching.
The group, Tradition Family Property Student Action, is sponsoring a petition, asking Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, the president of UDM, to "remove Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion and pro-transgender groups listed on the web site."
There are 28 Jesuit-run universities in the United States and most of them have undergone criticism for their positive attitudes towards homosexuality, abortion and other things condemned by Catholic teaching.
In 2016, Georgetown appointed its first Hindu chaplain and had been allowing the worshipping of false gods on the campus for the approximately 400 Hindu students on campus.
In 2016, Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles persecuted a long-time employee for standing up for the Church's teaching on human sexuality to a group of students on campus.
In 2015, it was discovered that DePaul University in Chicago was facilitating the opportunity for a student to volunteer with Planned Parenthood. After the link was discovered, however, DePaul officials had it removed from the website with no explanation as to why it was there in the first place.
The university also banned pro-life posters on campus bearing the phrase "Unborn Lives Matter" with university president Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, a member of the Vincentian religious order, claiming this message was "bigotry."
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