Catholic Students at Boston College Ask Fr. Leahy to Reconsider Allowing The V-Monologues
|By John Ritchie|
|February 21, 2013|
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Hats off to Chris Canniff and his team of writers over at The Observer at Boston College, a conservative, Catholic student newspaper. Earlier this month they wrote an open letter to the president of Boston College, Fr. William Leahy, S.J., asking him to reconsider the appropriateness of allowing the sinful V-Monologues play on campus. Eve Enlser, who is pro-abortion, wrote the play.
The articulate letter is signed by two students:
|Christopher J. Canniff
A&S Honors Program, 2014
The Observer at Boston College
The Observer at Boston College
Here it is:
"Dear Fr. Leahy,
"The Women’s and Gender Studies Program’s recent production of The Vagina Monologues – a play that has been widely performed on Catholic campuses despite its controversial exploitation of human sexuality – undermines the mission of this university as a Jesuit, Catholic institution of higher learning. The play’s immorality and concomitant affront to our religious principles regarding the dignity of the human person, especially in relation to the female body, are an overwhelming cause for concern.
"Having viewed the play ourselves, we have come to the conclusion that the campus of a Catholic university is not the appropriate venue for such a production. We respectfully request that you again examine this issue, for we are aware that this play has been performed on this campus for the past ten years and, therefore, presume that you have made prior evaluations of it and are thus familiar with its contents.
"Two points of particular concern to us, among the very many problematic components of the play, are (1) the radical reduction of the female person to her sexual organs and (2) the lauding of the statutory rape of a sixteen-year-old girl as not simply good, but in fact salvific and heavenly for her. In the light of recent Church history, it is incomprehensible how a play that praises sexual intercourse involving a minor can be permitted to continue on this campus.
"We now leave you to consider these words of the Servant of God, Pope Paul VI:
'We take this opportunity to address those who are engaged in education and all those whose right and duty it is to provide for the common good of human society. We would call their attention to the need to create an atmosphere favorable to the growth of chastity so that true liberty may prevail over license and the norms of the moral law may be fully safeguarded.
'Everything therefore in the modern means of social communication which arouses men’s baser passions and encourages low moral standards, as well as every obscenity in the written word and every form of indecency on the stage and screen, should be condemned publicly and unanimously by all those who have at heart the advance of civilization and the safeguarding of the outstanding values of the human spirit. It is quite absurd to defend this kind of depravity in the name of art or culture or by pleading the liberty which may be allowed in this held by the public authorities (Humanae Vitae, 22).'"
This open letter received public support from The Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for Military Services, (BC '73). Other backers include two priests, Boston College Prof. Peter Kreeft and dozens of prominent faculty members, alumni, and students.
Nevertheless, the play went on.
"We have received no response from Fr. Leahy despite having also privately emailed him directing his attention to the letter on our website," the Editor-in-Chief of The Observer at Boston College, Chris Canniff, told TFP Student Action.
According to The Observer, the filthy play was co-sponsored by ten Boston College academic departments, including the departments of Sociology, English, History, and Communications.
What causes most concern is the fact that Catholic students, studying at a Catholic university, who defend Catholic moral teaching are ignored or even ridiculed for their faithful position. Yet, those promoting infidelity seem to enjoy free license.
"I have been the victim of much backlash from the student body on Facebook and also in the comments section of our website," said Canniff. "I have been called sexist, misogynistic, ignorant, stupid, close-minded, and a f**king moron among other such insults. We are facing a hostile student body and the apathetic administration."
Now, see some of the "progressive" comments the newspaper received:
Ryan said: "I don’t really think that popes are a real source to draw inspiration from."
Jon: "The reason so many young people are leaving the Catholic Church is because its medieval social positions haven’t evolved to address complex modern realities."
Alex: "Yet another example of the ignorance on this campus."
Nick: "Considering they are hiding behind the whole 'religious doctrine' angle, may be time to repent guys. Then again this lack of tolerance is exactly why it is so embarrassing to attend the same school as these clowns."
Clearly, faithful Catholic students have a good fight on their hands. Please pray for all the brave students at Boston College who are defending the truth.
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If you wish to contact Fr. Leahy and ask him to cancel any forthcoming plans to host The V-Monologues in 2014, please contact him here. (Be polite yet firm)
Fr. William P. Leahy, S.J.
President, Boston College
18 Old Colony Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467