You may recall the name Marquette Empowerment. They are the student group who unapologetically vandalized Marquette For Life’s (also a student group) Memorial of the Unborn not once but three times in 2016, and received no punishment whatsoever from the university for doing so.
On Monday, Marquette Empowerment’s current president, who identifies as “queer,” was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio about the university’s Pride Prom.
Ximena Conde, the producer of the WPR segment, evidently asked Marquette for a statement regarding Pride Prom and the 18,500 signature-strong petition that begs the university to NOT betray its Catholic identity by holding this event.
The statement is, as expected, a tepid, spineless collage of the university’s various other tepid and spineless statements issued when confronted about why it is acting in a manner wholly inconsistent with the Catholic faith it purports to advance. We have re-printed the statement below and added our commentary in red to draw attention to its errors and lies:
“Our focus at Marquette, which is rooted in our mission and our guiding values, will always be to care for the unique worth of every individual. (That’s a very good focus. But how do you define “care”? Encouraging and enabling people in mortal sin and thus seriously jeopardizing their eternal salvation is not what we would call “care”.) Precisely because at its best Catholicism seeks to be inclusive (Inclusive? Inclusive of what? Certainly NOT inclusive of sin and error. At its best, Catholicism seeks to be SALVIFIC! Christ’s call to deny ourselves, pick up our crosses and follow Him is indeed for all human beings — and in that sense inclusive, universal, catholic — but it requires that all who would be counted among His followers each renounce and repent from our sins.), we embrace conversations and events that increase our understanding of diverse individuals and their faith experiences. (That’s nice. Not sure how that makes Catholicism any different than any other support group, but — whatever.) “We emphasize the development of a life of faith while encouraging learning and free expression through an inclusive and welcoming community. (And as long as the free expression of that faith doesn’t involve the truth about natural law, human sexuality, traditional marriage or the reality of sin, you too can be included and welcome.)
Marquette strives at every level to foster a culture of inclusion (even if we have to forsake our Catholic foundation and identity to do it!), which means we are a community that respects, welcomes and promotes a sense of belonging (and no doubt that “sense of belonging” appreciates it. ~???~). We support our LGBTQ community in ways that are both pastoral and educational (but not Catholic or in any way conducive to LGBTQ individual’s natural or supernatural well-being), recognizing that they have an important voice that we must include in our conversations. (Were you not including their voice before? If not, why not? Were you bigots? Homophobes? Haters? Or is it just that you are now WOKE and like to say things like this to earn points with the socially enlightened?)
As a Catholic, Jesuit university dedicated to the pursuit of truth (how is calling yourself “Catholic, Jesuit” while advocating positions and causes that are distinctly anti-Catholic the pursuit of “truth”?), we also take seriously The Catechism of the Catholic Church’s note that people should not rush to ‘rash judgement’ of their neighbor (Offenses Against Truth, 2478). (Actually, CCC 2478 says, “To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor’s thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way.” This is ironic, because in the very next sentence of this statement, Marquette misrepresents TFP’s — the group sponsoring the anti-Pride Prom petition — position.) Groups that rashly judge and disrespect any community of people go contrary to our commitment to the search for truth and to being an inclusive community. (TFP does not in any way “rashly judge” or “disrespect” Marquette or those who identify as LGBTQ. It is merely pointing out that an event like Pride Prom is in explicit contradiction to Marquette’s claimed Catholic identity and its responsibility to uphold moral values in accord with that claimed identity. Marquette would do well to continue reading the Catechism. Offenses Against Truth, 2479, for example, states, “Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one’s neighbor… detraction and calumny offend against the virtues of justice and charity.” In 2486 we read that, “Since it violates the virtue of truthfulness, a lie does real violence to another. It affects his ability to know, which is a condition of every judgment and decision. It contains the seed of discord and all consequent evils. Lying is destructive of society; it undermines trust among men and tears apart the fabric of social relationships.” Gosh, that doesn’t sound very socially just, does it?) In addition, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed that there is no room for discrimination in the Catholic Church, and we will continue to make progress through inclusivity. (One might venture to say that even before the bishops, the founder of the Catholic Church — Jesus Christ — made this pretty clear when he reiterated the teaching from Levitcus, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But forget all that. In inclusivity we trust!)
On our campus, we choose to live with a commitment to the Jesuit tradition and Catholic doctrine regarding people of all faith traditions.” (Is LGBTQ a faith tradition? Actually, as part of the broader secular humanist state religion/cult that is taking over the West, Marquette is probably right about that. [Or this is just sloppy cutting and pasting from previous PR statements?]
And as for choosing “to live with a commitment to the Jesuit tradition and Catholic doctrine regarding people of all faith traditions,” Marquette might want to check its history before making such a statement. Some quotes from founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola, who established the order in response to the Protestant Reformation, show a passionate and devoted Catholic soldier of Christ who was not exactly “inclusive” or ecumenical in his regard for other faith traditions. Some examples:
“If we wish to proceed securely in all things, we must hold fast to the following principle: What seems to me white, I will believe black if the hierarchical Church so defines. For I must be convinced that in Christ Our Lord, the bridegroom, and in His spouse the Church, only one Spirit holds sway, which governs and rules for the salvation of souls. For it is by the same Spirit and Lord who gave the Ten Commandments that our Holy Mother Church is ruled and governed.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola
“All judgment laid aside, we ought to have our mind ready and prompt to obey, in all, the true Spouse of Christ our Lord, which is our holy Mother the Church Hierarchical.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola
“Priests who incline to Protestantism should be deprived. Better that the flock have no pastor than have a wolf for a shepherd.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola
“Whoever calls the heretics Evangelicals should pay some kind of fee, so that the Devil may not rejoice at having the enemies of the Gospel and the Cross of Christ being given a name contrary to their works. Heretics should be called by that name in order to raise horror of those who are such and cover their deadly venom with the veil of a name of salvation.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola
And we found this one from Saint Peter Canisius, student of St. Ignatius, particularly relevant:
“If public professors or administrators at the University of Vienna or the other universities have a bad reputation in relation to the Catholic faith, they must be deprived of their degrees.”
Couldn’t agree more!