Catholic Church withdraws recognition to college
that plans to honor pro-abortion Hillary Clinton
Marymount Manhattan College: no longer a Catholic institution...
"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 April 29, 2005:
The Archdiocese of
New York has determined that Marymount Manhattan College is no
longer a Catholic institution. The college has been under protest by
the Cardinal Newman Society for inviting pro-abortion Sen. Hillary
Clinton to give its commencement address and receive an honorary
degree on May 20.
This is the fourth
time since the late Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the
apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, that a bishop has
declared an historically Catholic college or university to be not
Catholic. The three colleges previously declared no longer Catholic
include Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Nazareth
College and Saint John Fisher College, both in Rochester, New York.
"The decision to
honor one of Congress' most outspoken and strident advocates of
abortion rights was just the latest episode in a long history of
secularization at Marymount Manhattan College," said Patrick J.
Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a national
organization dedicated to the renewal of Catholic identity at
America's 220--now 219--Catholic colleges and universities.
"There is tremendous
value to clearly and formally identifying wayward Catholic
institutions as no longer Catholic, as Cardinal Egan has done so
courageously," Reilly said. "We would have preferred that the
College's trustees and officials had embraced the College's roots
and respected those Catholics who founded, attended and funded this
In a letter to New
York's Cardinal Edward Egan dated April 14, CNS raised concerns
about Marymount Manhattan College's plans to honor Sen. Clinton and
noted "that the enforcement of Ex Corde Ecclesiae may require the
declaration that an institution is no longer Catholic, and we
support such action if Marymount Manhattan College obstinately
refuses to acknowledge your pastoral authority as bishop and to
uphold the Church's fundamental teachings."
According to the
Archdiocese of New York, Marymount Manhattan officials supported
ending its affiliation with the Catholic Church. In 1961, the
College legally separated from its parent institution, Marymount
College of Tarrytown, and its founding women's religious order, the
Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Signs of the College's
Catholic identity have disappeared over time, even though until
yesterday it preserved its official status as Catholic, possibly to
avoid alienating Catholic alumni and donors.
"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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