Sunday, August 24, 2008

Petition drive to support USD for bouncing Rosemary Radford Reuther

There is an interesting development out at the University of San Diego (USD), a Catholic insititution of higher learning. It concerns Rosemary Radford Ruether - a 71 year old feminist who is often labeled a "Catholic theologian", even though she is misaligned with Catholicism. She supports abortion, contraception, homosexuality, population control, and other things in conflict with truth. You can see just how misaligned (and misguided) Ruether's positions are in this document at EWTN.

She had been invited to hold the Monsignor John R. Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Theology at the University of San Diego for the academic year 2009-2010, but the appointment was withdrawn because she sits on the board of Catholics for a Free Choice - an organization the US Bishops say is not Catholic, and has been at odds with many times.

After it was learned that the appointment was withdrawn, supporters of Ruether, many from Call to Action, another well known anti-Catholic group claiming to be Catholic, signed a petition to get her back. About 2000 people signed, including 50 teachers (please look into truly Catholic universities for your kids).

In response to that, another petition drive has started, to collect at least 4000 signatures in support of the University. I have signed it, and I urge you to sign it. Follow the instructions there:

Support the University of San Diego’s Stance Against Rosemary Radford Ruether

If you need more convincing to sign that petition, here is just one ridiculous quote from Ruether in 1998, in an article by Lee Pen which discusses others who advocate population control.

Ruether told those who attended a May 1998 conference that "We need to seek the most compassionate way of weeding out people."

" 'To allow unrestrained fertility is not pro-life' she said. "A good gardener weeds and thins his seedlings to allow the proper amount of room for the plants to grow properly. We need to seek the most compassionate way of weeding out people. Our current pro-life movement is really killing people through disease and poverty,' she said. In place of the pro-life movement we need to develop the 'spirituality of recycling,' proposed Ruether, 'a spirituality that includes ourselves in the renewal of earth and self. We need to compost ourselves'." (1136)
In Matthew 13:24-30...
Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants * of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?' 28 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants * said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 29 But he said, 'No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"

On judgment day, it is God who will discern wheat from weed.

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The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!