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Catholic theology professor advises student to work with Planned Parenthood to promote contraception

February 22, 2010

A theology professor at Xavier University of Louisiana publicly advised a student to work with Planned Parenthood to promote contraception.

In 2007, a student blogger wrote on his Theology 1120 blog:

For my project, I have decided to address the issue of teenage pregnancy. In order to try to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy, I have chosen to raise the awareness at a younger age (thirteen) so that they will be aware of the problem that is taking place. For the older students, I will try to make contraceptives more easily accessible. This is not meant to promote sexual activity but to aid and, perhaps, prevent teenage pregnancy.
Dr. Michael Homan responded:

How will you raise awareness, and how will you make contraceptives more accessible? Maybe you can work with an organization that already does this, such as Planned Parenthood. Can you raise awareness with a youtube video?

In 2009, Dr. Homan wrote:

I remain frustrated by the focus on this one issue [abortion]. This is the same loud and limited voice that argues against stem cell research … I will always advocate birth control as part of family planning, and I refuse to lump the use of condoms, the morning after pill, and late term abortions all into the same entity … Gosh, how I miss the days of Vatican II … I would like to see women priests in my lifetime, and I never believed in purgatory, well that doesn't make me any less Catholic in my opinion.

Founded in 1925 by the St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier University of Louisiana has 3,236 students, 2,454 of whom are undergraduates.


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  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2010 7:00 PM ET USA

    It would be better for Dr. Homan that a millstone be hung around his neck...

  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 22, 2010 11:32 AM ET USA

    When are the bishops going to stop all of this? Just because someone has a PhD doesn't mean they should be teaching in a Catholic school. It will take many years before these students, hopefully, realize that their professors did them a grave disservice. Of course if these universities are happy with these professors, they shouldn't be allowed to call themselves Catholic. Why the difference between a primary or secondary school and a university in requiring teaching Catholicism?