Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Carnegie-Mellon: Community Bankruptcy?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | May 02, 2013

Then there’s this from our Catholic World News service yesterday:

“At a campus parade sponsored by the Carnegie-Mellon art department, a female undergraduate marched wearing a costume meant to resemble that of the Pope, while naked from the waist down. She distributed condoms along the parade route.”

The bishop of Pittsburgh lodged a protest. Carnegie-Mellon responded:

“We are continuing our review of the incident. If our community standards or laws were violated, we will take appropriate action.”

If?

If it is perfectly all right for “art” to be used as a cover for personal, community and religious degradation? If sexual activities are intrinsically both public and non-moral? If all attacks on the Catholic Church are justified? If the morality of an action is always determined by the good intention of the agent? If, in reality, anything (that is not politically incorrect) goes?

Now consider an alternative scenario: In the same parade, a young man dresses as a priest and carries a trash can which bears a sign. The sign reads: “Freedom now! Throw off your slavery to sexual passion. Use your sexual powers only in the family context of procreation and irrevocable love. Begin by depositing your condoms here.”

Does anyone else sense that, in this case, there would have been no “if”?

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our October expenses ($33,217 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,783.25
95% 5%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 02, 2013 5:54 PM ET USA

    This reminds me of another “Francis” several centuries ago. It seems this “other” Francis found himself in the company of some wayward Crusaders who thought they would have some fun @ his expense & paid a prostitute to lie down naked next to the Saint while he was sleeping. Awakening, he shrieked, but recovering himself asked the woman mildly if he could pray for her & praying converted the lady,who mortified, asked for a covering, begged forgiveness & recommended herself to a convent.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Using the figure of Pope Francis for evangelization 14 hours ago
If Catholic priests never preach on sexual morality, be suspicious 14 hours ago
On Bishops and Jesuits, Saints and Angels September 30
Bishop Finn in Kansas City: Not quite up to date? September 30
Oh, that sort of misconduct September 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30