Friday, October 12, 2007

UnHoly Cross College Defies Bishop

This should be interesting.

Holy Cross President Fr. McFarland is determined to go ahead with the Teen Pregnancy Conference in spite of the Bishop's request to cancel. Even Boston College doesn't sink this low according to the article.

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette article
has this statement from the President of Holy Cross:

“Beyond the contractual obligation, it is important to emphasize that the college believes a meeting of adult professionals pooling resources, engaging in a dialogue and exchanging information is a beneficial way of grappling with pressing issues related to the health and well-being of Massachusetts teenagers and children,” said Rev. McFarland. “As an institution of higher learning, we are dedicated to the open exchange of ideas. As a Jesuit college, Holy Cross is committed to its mission of engaging with the larger culture on even the most problematic and divisive of moral and spiritual issues.”

By "contractual obligations" the President of the college is referring to the $10,000 fee paid to Holy Cross to hold the birth control and abortion event. Though it is hard to put a price tag on the veneer of respectability and perception of approval from the Church, I would say that the Teen Pregnancy Alliance really has a bargain.

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