I shouldn’t take any credit for predicting the actions of the most predictable institution on the globe, but I’ll take it anyway. I made the case at The Nation last week that the USCCB’s recent statement on aid in dying would lead to broader crack-downs on end of life rights, privacy, and awareness. I was right. According to a new report at Crisis Magazine and a press release from the bishops today, they’ve targeted Catholic professors at four universities: Georgetown, Marquette, Santa Clara and Boston College. How did the bishops identify the academics they wanted to discredit? Writes Patrick J. Reilly at Crisis:
The professors’ efforts came to light during a Cardinal Newman Society investigation in 2005, following news reports of a legal brief filed by 55 bioethicists in opposition to “Terri’s Law,” a Florida measure that empowered Gov. Jeb Bush to ensure that the comatose Terri Schiavo received water and nutrition. As reported in “Teaching Euthanasia,” an exclusive report in the June 2005 issue of Crisis, multiple professors at Catholic universities had taken positions on end-of-life issues that seemed to conflict with Vatican teaching.
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