Catholic University in Detroit Boasts Pro-abortion Feminists on Staff

By Peter J. Smith

  DETROIT, February 15, 2007 ( – Two professors teaching ethics at the University of Detroit Mercy, a “Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions,” have made very clear they have no use for the pro-life message of the Catholic Church.

  According to Catholic columnist Matt C. Abbott, Drs. Gloria H. Albrecht and Elizabeth Oljar have posted pro-abortion messages on their office doors in the Catholic university, which apparently is quite accommodating to their pro-abortion views.

  Dr. Albrecht, an associate Professor of Religion and Ethics who “teaches business and economic ethics, feminist ethics and theology, and women’s studies” according to UDM’s website, has an "I am Pro-Choice America" sticker, the current motto of the abortion lobby NARAL, on her name plate. Dr. Albrecht, who holds a S.T.M. (Masters in Sacred Theology) degree from St. Mary’s Seminary (Baltimore) and joined the University in 1992, has also signed an endorsement of same-sex “marriage” with the homosexual advocacy group “Freedom to Marry”.

  However, Dr. Elizabeth A. Oljar, Assistant Professor and Chair of Philosophy, whose “area of expertise is ethics” nuances her public abortion position with the bumper sticker atop her door: “JUST SAY NO TO SEX WITH PRO-LIFERS”. Dr. Oljar “teaches ethical theory, applied ethics, philosophy of law, political philosophy” and has been with UDM since 1996.

  Although UDM claims its “education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students”, the University’s resource page for its “women’s studies” department shows it contradicts the Catholic Church’s own ethics defending the sanctity of life. In the category “Reproductive Rights and Sexuality, the school’s website lists both Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-choice America among its resources. The website describes NARAL as “the only organization with a proven history and expertise to combat an aggressive anti-choice movement intent on taking away women’s rights and freedoms.”

  To respectfully contact the University of Detroit Mercy:

  UDM President Rev. Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D.
  4001 W. McNichols Rd.
  Detroit, MI 48221-3038

  Telephone: (313) 993-1455

  To respectfully contact the Archdiocese of Detroit

  His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida
  Archdiocese of Detroit
  305 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48226-2605

  Telephone: (313) 237-5800

  E-mail: [email protected]

  Image of Just Say No to Sex with Pro-lifers credit Matt C. Abbott:

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