To the editor:
On May 18 St. John Fisher College gave an award to Sen. (Charles) Schumer who supports legislation to deny conscience law protections to Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals and physicians who are conscientiously opposed to abortion as well as mandating a right to partial-birth abortions — the “Freedom of Choice Act” (S. 1173), also knownn as FOCA.
President Obama publically stated to Planned Parenthood that if elected: “The first thing I’d do is sign FOCA.” With Sen. Schumer’s help he may just have that opportunity to expand abortion rights beyond what Roe v. Wade allows.
But, the larger issue is: Where is the Catholic identity of St. John Fisher College to be found in this incident? Is the College trying to emulate Notre Dame in honoring a person who not only rejects Catholic teaching on abortion but seeks to punish those who oppose abortion?
Fisher’s President Donald E. Bain heaped glowing praises on Sen. Schumer comparing him to St. John Fisher. One must wonder if any sense of history, integrity or Catholic identity exists at the College. St. John Fisher was martyred by the King of England for the Catholic Faith and the College dedicated to St. John Fisher honors a man who like the King of England seeks to punish those who hold the Catholic Faith by denying conscience law protections to Catholic hospitals and health care workers.
The leaders of Notre Dame and St. John Fisher College are like those who believed in Jesus because of what they saw Him do and say but “did not acknowledge (Him) openly ‚Ä¶ For they preferred human praise to the glory of God” (John 12:42-43).
Bishop Clark, would you please try to honor the memory of late Bishop of Rochester, England, St. John Fisher, and put an end to this type of nonsense on Fisher’s campus.
James L. Gelormini
EDITOR’S NOTE: St. John Fisher College has been independent of the church since 1968.