Cardinal Newman Society says they are "Harboring
the enemy and training new spokesmen for the culture of death"
Dissident professors at U.S. Catholic universities pave way to euthanasia,
"There is much needed in
change We see, My children, in the schools both your public schools and
your private schools—even those who call themselves Catholic. They are
Catholic, My children, in name only, for they have sold themselves for
pieces of silver." - Our Lady of the Roses, December 31, 1974
reported on June 2, 2005:
research report from the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) published
in the June issue of Crisis magazine documents the activities of
15 professors at leading Catholic universities who have publicly
rejected Vatican teaching on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Several actively paved the way to Terri Schiavo's death by
starvation, and others serve on the boards of national
pro-assisted suicide lobbies.
"The danger is obvious: If the
Church is going to face up to a growing movement for euthanasia
and assisted suicide in the United States, Catholic universities
must help in that important battle," writes CNS president
Patrick J. Reilly in Crisis. "Harboring the enemy and training
new spokesmen for the culture of death is not the way to do it."
The Cardinal Newman Society is a national organization dedicated
to the renewal of Catholic identity at America's 219 Catholic
colleges and universities. CNS recently captured national
attention when its protest of pro-abortion and otherwise
inappropriate commencement speakers and honorees at 20 Catholic
colleges forced Marymount Manhattan College to formally declare
itself nonsectarian after inviting 2008 presidential contender
Sen. Hillary Clinton to speak and receive an honorary degree,
and prompted Baltimore's Cardinal William Keeler to publicly
boycott Loyola College's commencement ceremony featuring another
presidential hopeful, former New York City mayor Rudolph
The report published in Crisis identifies several Catholic
university professors who helped convince Florida and federal
courts that removing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was acceptable
and consistent with Catholic teaching-even while the
Vatican condemned it as euthanasia. Several professors went to
the airwaves and major newspapers to publicly undermine Pope
John Paul II's clear statements on the moral obligation to feed
and hydrate even the most severely injured patients. Six
professors signed an amicus brief urging the Florida Supreme
Court to overturn "Terri's Law," a measure passed by the state
legislature to empower Gov. Jeb Bush to save Schiavo's life.
Professors identified in the report include:
· Charles Baron of the Boston College Law School, who has
testified before Congress and Britain's House of Lords on
legalizing physician-assisted suicide and serves on the board of
directors of the Death With Dignity National Center.
· Carol Bayley, adjunct professor of nursing at the University
of San Francisco and vice president of a large Catholic
healthcare system in the western U.S., who signed a brief in the
Schiavo case rejecting Vatican teaching soon after announcing
that Catholic Healthcare West would "take the Pope's statements
· Tom Beauchamp, senior research scholar at Georgetown
University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics, who serves on the
board of directors of the Compassion in Dying Federation.
· Maxwell Gregg Bloche of the Georgetown University Law
Center, who signed an amicus court brief arguing that doctors'
actions protected by Oregon's assisted-suicide law constitute
"sound and ethical medical practices."
· Robert Free of the Seattle University Law School, who has
signed court briefs arguing for assisted suicide and has served
as an advisor to Compassion in Dying of Washington.
· Howard Freed of the Georgetown University School of Medicine,
who signed a court brief arguing that former U.S. Attorney
General John Ashcroft's attempts to interfere with Oregon's
assisted-suicide law diminished "physicians' ability to care for
terminally ill patients nationwide."
· Lawrence Gostin of the Georgetown University Law Center, who
has served as the health law and ethics editor of the
influential Journal of the American Medical Association and on
the executive committee of the ACLU board of directors, has
signed court briefs supporting legalized assisted suicide in
· Milton Heifetz of the Boston College Law School, whose book
The Right to Die advocates legalizing assisted suicide and even
entertains the possibility of euthanasia for severely retarded
people and newborns with severe medical problems.
· Marquette University theology professor and former Jesuit
priest Daniel Maguire, who has accused Pope John Paul II and
Vatican officials of a "fetishism of life signs," using any sign
of life as a justification for delaying death.
· Rev. Richard McBrien, theology professor at the University of
Notre Dame, who proclaimed to Bill O'Reilly of FOX News that the
removal of Schiavo's feeding tube was "the removal of an
extraordinary means of sustaining life," publicly contradicting
Vatican teaching and presenting his own view as the Church's
· Curtis Naser, philosophy professor at Fairfield University,
who is touted by Fairfield as an expert in biomedical ethics and
"end of life decisions" despite his opposition to New York and
Washington state bans on physician-assisted suicide.
· Attorney Lawrence Nelson, who despite his unsuccessful court
battle in California to euthanize a disabled but not vegetative
man and his writings arguing for embryonic stem cell research,
is a scholar at Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for
Applied Ethics and even has received a grant from the university
"to explore the place of philosophical ethics in Jesuit higher
education and mission."
· Rev. Kevin O'Rourke, O.P., ethics professor at the Loyola
University of Chicago Medical School, who said it was
"blasphemy" to keep people like Schiavo alive "as if you were
doing them a favor." O'Rourke drafted a statement critical of
Vatican teaching on euthanasia that was circulated at a Catholic
Health Association meeting in March.
· Rev. John Paris, S.J., bioethics and theology professor at
Boston College, who ridiculed Terri Schiavo's family for their
ties to "the radical, antiabortion, right-to-life Christian
right" and dismissed the Pope's statements on feeding tubes as
"mischief-making at the Vatican."
· James Walter, chairman of the Bioethics Institute at Loyola
Marymount University, did not personally evaluate Schiavo yet
insisted that "any chance of self-awareness is not going to
happen" and expressed certainty that Schiavo would not suffer
from the removal of her feeding tube.
"My children, My little humble children, I appeal to you as your Mother,
go forward on foot, knock on the doors; bring the light to your brothers and
sisters. For those who have been given great grace, much is expected of
them." Our Lady of the Roses May 26, 1976
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