I'm watching and--more interestingly--reading all the comments over at the Bump site. I also heard the Laura interview and I was absolutely appalled by her coverage!
Wow, guys, I'll I can say is, watch out. I've got to lay it all out for you here. Please read this--I know it's kind of long! But I think this is a HUGE story.
I should add that I used to be a fan of Laura's. Now I'm realizing that she really isn't going to help us change hearts and minds.
Worst of all she revealed herself as ignorant and obstinate. She claimed that the Catholic Church is never about dialoging about abortion. It was shocking! She said over and over again that the Church would never use the word "dialogue" when it comes to the abortion issue. She said that we take a "stand", we don't dialogue--as if the two things were exclusive to each other! She even said JP II would never approve of such an effort.
She apparently has never read the most important pro-life encyclical of them all, JPII's "The Gospel of Life". Dialogue is exactly what John Paul II called for in Evangelium Vitae. He even repeatedly used the term "dialogue" in respect to the abortion issue. After all, are really only supposed to talk to ourselves? One of the school's students--a beautiful young religious--posted this quote from Vatican II on Laura's Facebook page:
"Respect and love ought to be extended also to those who think or act differently that we do in social, political and even religious matters. In fact, the more deeply we come to understand their ways of thinking through such courtesy the more easily will we be able to enter into dialogue with them" (Vatican II, Guadium et Spes, 18).
This is really what Bump is about. It's taking a thoroughly Catholic approach.
Let me tell you, I know the people at JP Catholic. I'm really livid about the way Laura treated them. Most of the faculty and staff are daily communicants. And they are doing more for the Church and the pro-life movement than any other Catholic university in the country--no one else even comes in as a close second. Among other shocking things, they have produced television ads for pro-life campaigns around the country that have aired on the major broadcast channels. Seriously, these people are AMAZING! Just one example: in 2009 they ran ads in support of Prop 4 on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc., in prime time, which blew me away! They even aired them before and after the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. It was shocking to me that they were on TV at all. More than that though they were on in prime time! Prof. Michael Barber talks about this all the time on his blog. For example, go here: thesacredpage.com/2008/10/jp-catholic-students-making-waves.html
Prop 4 (Parental notification for abortion in CA) lost but it came closer than ever to passing. Ask any person involved with the campaign and they'll tell you those ads were a huge reason it was so close. They've also done ads in other states like Colorado, and have won a number of awards for them. Every pro-life group in the country wants them to help them. The deliver HIGH quality projects. They are also one of the few Catholic schools identified by the Newman guide to Catholic Colleges as one of the few authentically Catholic schools around.
And, by the way, it's not just in the media. The students are sidewalk counselors and at abortion clinics every weekend. They are used by God to make actual saves week after week. And there's so much more, it's ridiculous to imagine anyone would doubt their sincerity or the effectiveness of their methods. They do apologetics in the streets. They head up adoration of the Eucharist in other places. Laura dragged the school into the Bump controversy without knowing anything about them. . .