Once again, DePaul University, once one of America’s preeminent Catholic universities, shows signs of struggling with its…Catholicism.
According to Life News, the now-standardly liberal college, which last year offered students the opportunity to volunteer at Planned Parenthood clinics, brought the hammer down on the campus’ College Republicans group for hanging a pro-life poster that read, “Unborn Lives Matter.”
Posters like this must be submitted to administrators for approval, and “Unborn Lives Matter” did not pass. The approval process eventually saw the poster make its way to the desk of Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, university president, who kicked it back because the message expressed by the words is “bigotry that occurs under the cover of free speech.”
Holtschneider followed up his decision with a letter to the entire school population, which read, in part:
“By our nature, we are committed to developing arguments and exploring important issues that can be steeped in controversy and, oftentimes, emotion. Yet there will be times when some forms of speech challenge our grounding in Catholic and Vincentian values. When that happens, you will see us refuse to allow members of our community to be subjected to bigotry that occurs under the cover of free speech.”
An aside: A poster that reads “Unborn Lives Matter” challenges the school’s grounding in Catholic values?
The vice president of the DePaul College Republicans, John Minster, spoke about the matter with The Daily Wire, saying, “Once again, DePaul University has shown its true colors. Rather than standing up for the pro-life and free speech ethics this ‘Catholic’ university claims to uphold, administration has bent the knee to radical leftists, banning more speech despite the pro-life message.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large