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WASHINGTON (Churchmilitant.com) - Trinity Washington University, a Catholic women's liberal arts college, directs students via its website to Planned Parenthood and other so-called health services, in violation of Church teaching.
The university's "Health and Wellness Center" website links to Planned Parenthood and Princeton University's Office of Population Research telling women how to acquire "emergency contraception". There are no links posted that help students to understand Church teaching on the subject. The Health and Wellness Center's director did not return ChurchMilitant.com's call for comment.
Trinity College, as it was first called, was started in 1897 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as a Catholic college for women. It is currently co-ed for two of its five schools: the school of education and the school of professional studies.
Noted graduates include Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius — both Catholics and staunchly pro-abortion. In 2009, Cdl. Raymond Burke, then an archbishop and prefect of the Vatican's highest court, told Sebelius she couldn't receive Holy Communion, saying "after pastoral admonition, she obstinately persists in serious sin."
It's one of the many Catholic colleges exhibiting behavior inconsistent with Catholic teaching. Boston College, Loyola, Georgetown and Notre Dame are among the bigger-name Universities that market themselves as being Catholic yet promote values opposed to Catholic teaching. In 2009 Notre Dame gave an honorary degree to President Obama, the most pro-abortion, pro-gay president in the history of this country; and recently a Holy Cross priest was silenced at Notre Dame for trying to help students find solidly Catholic professors at the university. This year St. Norbert College hosted radical feminist and abortion promoter Gloria Steinem. Bishop David Ricken of the diocese of Green Bay commented:
I understand that Gloria Steinem will not speak about abortion. Really, she doesn't need to. Her whole career and life is a grand affirmation of the pro-abortion movement. These types of approaches are outdated, tired and confusing ways to approach these issues, especially given the fact that the Catholic Church has new approaches to women's issues that are fresh, life-giving and highly respectful of the human person. It would be so refreshing if we heard the leadership and faculty use these new voices to help our young people live a life of integrity and holiness and to truly embrace life and peace for the most innocent of all.
Faithful Catholics are at a disadvantage in trying to find a truly Catholic education at many of these schools. The Cardinal Newman Society provides resources to help people find colleges that are not just Catholic in name only.