Here in the archdiocese of Seattle, there is a lay group known as the Gospel of Life Institute that offers regular updates about needs and progress in the work of defending and promoting life locally. Their mailing today included notice that Seattle University is currently endorsing and directing students to Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women, the first of which provides the most abortions of any organization in the country and the second of which lobbies heavily in offense of life for abortion. Here is TFP Student Action’s alert:
SHOCKER: Catholic College Helps Planned Parenthood
Should Catholic universities aid Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups? The answer is obviously NO. However, Seattle University – a Catholic institution – offers students the option of interning for Planned Parenthood of Western Washington on its web site.
This shocking scandal must be opposed.
Sign the protest [I am not a fan of electronic communication in these cases. They give the impression of distance and dis-interested meddling. Prepare your thoughts and words and then write a letter or make a phone call]
Unfortunately it gets worse. The Women Studies department at Seattle University encourages students to “get involved” with pro-abortion groups.
The Women Studies web page states: “On the Seattle University Campus, in the Northwest, and across the Nation there are countless women’s organizations for you to get involved with. Here are some links to help you get started.”
Immediately after this “get involved” offer, students find pro-abortion groups such as the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority and Legal Momentum.
Please help TFP Student Action counter the culture of death at Seattle University by alerting your pro-life friends about this issue. Spread the word by email, facebook, blogs and other social media.
To voice your concern politely yet firmly ['politely yet firmly' means embracing Christian charity as Jesus spells out. Father Sundborg, the faculty and the staff need to hear our support of our shared Catholic identity, not uncharitable assumptions about them or their work], please contact:
Fr. Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ
Seattle University, President
901 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
This is a concern to all of our archdiocese, whether you are a student, clergy, religious or layperson. We need Catholic educational institutions that are firmly rooted in Catholic teaching and practice. Please take some time to compose a kind letter encouraging Seattle University to be help fill this need.
your brother in Christ,