The following is from the Newman Society Newsletter of January 26, 2005
SEATTLE PROFESSORS DEFEND ABORTION
Seattle University philosophy professors Daniel Dombrowski and Robert Deltete have authored a book entitled A Brief, Liberal, Catholic Defense of Abortion, in which they argue that the unborn child is not “a human person in some morally relevant sense” until very late in pregnancy when “sentience” begins, a term they use to define the capacity to perceive pain. In one part of the book, they go so far as to assert that performing an abortion on a “nonsentient” child is no more troublesome than mowing the lawn. Dombrowski and Deltete also argue that their pro-abortion position is “more compatible with Catholic tradition than the current anti-abortion stance defended by many Catholics and by most Catholic leaders,” which rests on a “shaky foundation” and should be “altered or dropped.”
This book has been out for almost a year. Why are these two men still employed at Seattle University, a Jesuit college? (they are)
If anyone else receives the Newman Society newsletter, it is apparent that many Jesuit colleges have strayed, inviting speakers that disagree with Catholic dogma & doctrine or are just plain anit-Catholic.
My question is: "Would you pay the exorbitant tuition these colleges charge to send a son or daughter to a "Catholic college?"
What about the concordance to Ex Corde Ecclesia? Do you, as a parent or prospective student have access to who did and did not sign it?
The diocesan bishop has some authiority here. He can reveal the above information, he can revoke the college’s “Catholic” designation. Should he? What should he do?
What should we do?
Yes, there are some very good, faithful Jesuits. Father Fessio and Father Pacwa come to mind, but they seem to be in the very small minority in the order.