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CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY PRO-LIFE GROUP CHARGES ADMINISTRATION DESERTED IT

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TORONTO, February 28, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Saint Michael’s College Students for Life (SMCSFL) has sent an open letter to the Catholic College’s Principal Mark McGowan and his Sexual Orientation Committee.  The open letter comes as a response to the failure of the Principal to defend the pro-life group from charges of inciting hatred by inviting the world renowned Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft to give a talk on campus. During his presentation Dr. Kreeft answered questions about homosexuality from a Catholic perspective which enraged homosexual activists who targeted the meeting.  “Having brought a Catholic professor to speak at a Catholic campus, we have been portrayed as so dangerous that we should not be allowed to speak.  People are not challenging our position; people are challenging whether or not we should even be allowed to state our position,” says the SMCSFL letter.  In the letter SMCSFL challenges Professor McGowan’s sexual orientation committee to at least publicly acknowledge that they accept the Catholic Catechism’s teaching that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered”  In the most succinct and clear summary of the situation the letter states: “By simply witnessing to the teachings of the Catholic Church, the members of SMCSFL have been subject to insults and accusations far out of proportion to anything we may have done.  Our mission, to present the teaching of the Church with respect to all aspects of life and therefore sexuality, is an important one at a university where one view is aggressively trying to silence those of others.  At a Catholic college, we rely on and expect the support of our college when we are accused of being hate-mongers for having the courage to put forward the Catholic position.  Instead, the administration has turned away, without even the courage to say that they agree with the fundamental principles to which we are witnessing.  This is a grave concern for academic freedom, religious freedom and the Catholicity of Saint Michael’s College.”  See the full open letter by SMCSFL:  https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2003/feb/030228a.html

See previous LifeSite coverage of this matter:  CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY PRINCIPAL SLAMS RENOWNED CATHOLIC PROF https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2003/feb/03020401.html ALUMNI AND PROFS SUPPORT TORONTO CATHOLIC CAMPUS PRO-LIFE GROUP RE: PETER KREEFT https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2003/feb/030214a.html

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