Students at a Catholic university in Ohio stirred up controversy last week when they hosted a “Sex Week” to promote ideas contrary to church teachings.
The Xavier University College Democrats club hosted the first ever “Sex Week” on campus to slam Catholic teachings related to sex, abstinence, contraception and abortion, the Church Militant reports.
They promoted the event with a YouTube video titled “Kiss My Pink XU,” which is connected to The Lipstick Lobby and Planned Parenthood, the top abortion business in America, according to the report.
Students were invited to participate in a photoshoot holding signs that read “shameless” and “my body, my choice,” a common pro-abortion phrase, student publication The Xavier Newswire reports.
In the promotional video, the student organizers began by blasting their Catholic university for following church teachings on contraception.
“Did you know the university we pay $50,000 dollars a year to completely ignores one important part of our health by refusing to dispense any form of contraceptives on campus?” students stated in the video.
But some of their claims were based on false assumptions.
The Church Militant pointed out:
One student in the controversial YouTube video said she was on birth control because of severe menstrual pains, and complained that Xavier made it hard for her to access hormonal contraceptive to minimize her symptoms. Angela Morabito of The Washington Examiner responded to this claim in an op-ed on Friday:
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Catholic schools and hospitals are not in the business of keeping women sick. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explains, “Catholic teaching does not oppose the use of hormonal medications – such as those found in chemical contraceptives – for legitimate medical purposes, provided there is no contraceptive intent.” If you play by the Church’s rules and really need birth control, Catholic institutions will help you out.
At another point in the video, the students criticized abstinence education and stated that they are promiscuous and proud of it.
“Abstinence education may have been working in your Catholic middle school, but it’s not working here,” they said in the video.
“You preach abortion is wrong. Why aren’t you doing anything to prevent a woman from having to do that?” the students complained based on the assumption that contraception is the only way to prevent abortion.
But many students did not support the controversial event, including the student Republicans club.
Student Evan Ward, a pro-life advocate and Catholic, said the university should not be criticized for following its beliefs.
“Even though the video pointed out that less than 54 percent of [students] are Catholic, it’s still a Catholic institution regardless of the demographics,” Ward said. “If we’re going to call ourselves a Catholic university, we should act like a Catholic university.”
The Catholic Church is one of the strongest advocates for unborn babies’ right to life in the world. Yet, a number of American Catholic universities have allowed abortion activists to promote their agenda on campus.
Last year, Georgetown welcomed Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards as a speaker on campus. Despite objections from the church and pro-life advocates, university leaders defended Richards’ talk about her work as the head of the No. 1 abortion business in America.
In November, the university’s law school also hosted a pro-abortion event that focused on self-induced abortions and the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits direct taxpayer funding of most abortions at the federal level.
Over the summer, Catholics also questioned Fordham University in New York for hosting a series of workshops with a pro-euthanasia group. In contrast, Catholic pro-life advocate Patty Knap said she could not find a single workshop at the university that presented the Catholic perspective on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
In 2016, DePaul University in Chicago, refused to allow students to hang up pro-life posters with the words “Unborn Lives Matter” on campus, because it said the language could “provoke” other students.