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Prof who flouts Catholic teaching on abortion promoted as ‘Religion Expert’ by Catholic college

Cardinal Newman Society

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, July 6, 2012, (Cardinal Newman Society)—The University of Detroit-Mercy prominently features a philosophy professor who has flouted the Church’s teaching on abortion as a “Religion Expert.”

Professor Elizabeth Oljar teaches ethics courses and the philosophy of feminism at UD-M, according to the university’s website. Not only does the university promote her as an expert in religion but it also explicitly promotes her on its faculty page as “currently engaged in research on feminism and the morality of abortion.”

Earlier this year, Campus Notes reported on Oljar supporting an on-campus giveaway of shirts which read, “Gay? Fine by Me.”

Others might recall Oljar as a professor at UD-M who reportedly had a bumper sticker on her university office door which read, “Just say no to sex with pro-lifers.”

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In a 2003 paper on abortion, Oljar wrote, “Although there is some sense in which a fetus has a future like mine, this is not sufficient to establish that abortion is on a moral par with the killing of an innocent adult human being.”

On the page where the university promotes Oljar among others to the media as “Religion Experts,” the university states, “Please note that the views of these experts are their own and may not reflect the views of their colleagues or the University of Detroit Mercy.” But this begs the question, why promote her as a religion expert on the Catholic college’s site?

As reported by The Cardinal Newman Society last year, U-D Mercy links to pro-abortion groups like the Feminist Majority Foundation, Planned Parenthood and The National Organization of Women on its Women and Gender Studies page.  Its library recommends resources for research in “Women‟s and Gender Studies” including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the National Organization for Women. It also recommends resources on “Reproductive Rights and Sexuality” including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Catholics for Choice, the Center for Reproductive Rights, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and several pro-contraception and pro-abortion texts.

UD-M did not respond by the time of publication to questions.

This article originally appeared on the Cardinal Newman Society blog and is reprinted with permission.

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