By Peter J. Smith

  WORCHESTER, Massachusetts, September 28, 2007 ( – Jesuit-run Holy Cross, the oldest Catholic college in New England, is hosting the 2007 Teen Pregnancy Institute with Planned Parenthood promoting teenage contraception.

  The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy presents the conference every year, but by hosting the conference the Holy Cross Jesuits are sending the message that they have no qualms with its promotion of contraception and the presence of Planned Parenthood, which are intrinsically inimical to the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church.

  At this year’s conference – scheduled October 24, from 8 AM – 4 PM – “Messages that Matter: Strengthening Prevention and Supporting Young Families,” Planned Parenthood is scheduled to give 3 “workshops”; one of which includes a seminar on how to “Learn the latest and greatest of protection methods.” (see copy of brochure

  In addition, pro-abortion Governor Deval L. Patrick will appear at the conference to receive a “Leadership Award” and speak to the conference attendees.

  Unfortunately Holy Cross has a history of tolerating vociferous promoters of abortion under its President, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. In 2003, McFarland defended not only Holy Cross’ invitation of pro-abortion political commentator, Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” to speak at that year’s commencement, but also bestowed on him an honorary degree despite his univocal statements on several occasions “I am pro-choice.” McFarland falsely stated Matthews’ views were “a matter of practical judgment” and “allowable in Catholic thought,” because he felt abortion was immoral, but disagreed that the government should stop it.

  To contact the President of Holy Cross, Rev. Michael C. McFarland:

  College of the Holy Cross
  One College Street
  Worcester, Massachusetts 01610-2395
  Tel:(508) 793-2011

  To contact the Jesuit Provincial Superior in Massachusetts, Rev. Thomas J. Regan, SJ:

  To contact the Jesuits New England Province:

  P. O. Box 9199
  Watertown, MA 02471-9199
  Tel: (617) 607-2800
  Fax: (617) 607-2888

  Other NEP contacts:

  To contact the Bishop of Worchester:
  Bishop Robert J. McManus
  Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester
  49 Elm Street
  Worcester, MA 01609
  Main Tel: 508-791-7171
  Fax: 508-753-7180

  See previous LifeSiteNews story on Holy Cross

Massachusetts Bishop to Boycott Graduation at Jesuit College

  See previous stories re: Jesuit run colleges:

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