Catholic Bishop to Smalanskas: Providence College at a Crossroads

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The Current has received a copy of this letter, sent by the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence.

March 21, 2018

Mr. Michael Smalanskas
Providence College
[Address]

Dear Michael:

Thank you for your letter of March 4, 2018 in which you describe the troubling situation you have experienced at Providence College as a result of your attempt to express in a public way the teaching of the Catholic Church about the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. I take this opportunity to share with you a few observations about this matter, with the hope that, in response to your request, we can still meet personally in the near future.

First, I admire and commend your courage in stepping forward to proclaim the teachings of the Church about Holy Matrimony. It is so sad that, in response to your bulletin board posting, you have experienced ridicule and personal attacks, especially on a Catholic campus. I am pleased to note that a number of prominent Providence College professors, as well as the priest chaplains of the College, have now come forward to support you. Good for them!

As your billboard expresses so clearly, marriage is designed by God to be a union of one man and one woman; it is the “way God intended it.” This teaching of the Church is most certainly not arbitrary, nor is it homophobic or bigoted, but, in fact, is based on the Word of God and reflects the immutable teaching of Christ.

 

In a broader context, however, I would also like to observe that, along with courage, prudence is also a virtue that we always need to practice in expressing our Catholic beliefs in a secular, hostile world. Timing, and the context of our prophetic statements, should always be carefully evaluated. We avoid being aggressive, provocative, inflammatory or “in-your-face” in stating our beliefs and in challenging others. As you know, if you poke a beehive, you can expect to get stung, and in the world today a strong, traditional moral stance will invariably draw a fierce response.

Charity is also a virtue. As others have emphasized, we need to respect those individuals who hold diverse beliefs and opinions on these important issues, and even be willing to dialogue with them. However, we do them no favors, and we fail to fulfill our Christian vocation, if we hesitate to present and explain the divinely revealed truth about faith and morals.

It is truly unfortunate that in explaining our Faith, you have received such a negative and even reprehensible response, particularly at a Catholic college, one that is publicly committed to professing Catholic and Dominican values. As I have stated previously, I think we have the right to presume that those who teach or study at a Catholic school should accept, or at least respect, the stated identity, mission and fundamental teachings of the Faith. Otherwise, there are lots of other good options for higher education they can choose if they really feel threatened by or are uncomfortable with the teachings of the Church.

For the sake of the record, I want to say that the President of Providence College, Father Brian Shanley, O.P., continues to have my personal support. He is a good man, a dedicated and faithful priest, and has proven to be an effective leader of Providence College. As I have stated on other occasions, I think that as a president of a Catholic College he has the toughest job in the Church these days, at least as difficult as being a bishop! He has so many diverse constituencies to think about and affirm, and to keep peace and harmony on a college campus in these turbulent times is a Herculean task. I am confident that in the end Father Shanley will do his best, and will be successful, in helping the College move forward in charity, truth and unity.

Having said that, it does seem to me that Providence College is standing at the crossroads and now has to make a conscious decision about which road to travel. Will it maintain, proudly, unapologetically and unambiguously, its Catholic heritage by preaching, teaching and living the Catholic Faith in all its beauty and richness? Or, like so many other institutions today, will it succumb to modernist trends and become just one more progressive, secular bastion of political correctness? Or, we might ask: Will it continue to be P.C. – the Providence College we’ve come to know and love; or simply be p.c. – politically correct, the pathetic, ephemeral fashion that has, in recent years, taken such an ironclad grip on our culture?

Once again, Michael, in response to your request, I hope to meet with you in the near future to continue this interesting and very timely conversation. In the meantime, please be assured of my admiration, prayers and blessings. May God reward your faithfulness and courage, and give you his richest blessings in the days to come.

I hope that you will have a blessed Holy Week and Easter.

Sincerely yours,

+Thomas J. Tobin
Bishop of Providence

C: Father Brian Shanley, O.P.



  • william surrette

    did Jesus go with the flow, or did he stand with his beliefs in His Father………the Apostles denied him, so now what are YOU going to do?????

  • Melissa

    Thank you Bishop Tobin for supporting the administration of the school and recognizing the difficult job they have to do.

    • Ginnyfree

      Are you kidding me Melissa? This is most definitely NOT to same tone and concerns you expressed in your attacks on both Mr. Michael Smalanskas and Dr. Esolen who wrote an article titled “Providence College Bullies Its Faithful Students,” published on March 19, 2018 which can be found here: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2018/providence-college-bullies-faithful-students
      You were also very adamant in attacking all those who expressed dismay at your attacks upon the two men above. So, am I to presume since your dialogs with many at the Crisis Magazine website in the Comments Section, you’ve repented of all your support for the LBGTQs and the fierce determination with which you seemed to need to prove that the whole thing was a hoax perpetrated by Mr. Smalanskas as a conspiracy against a group of people holding a rally in support of the gays and their agendas at the college and in which you seem to think homophobia plays a part, etc. So now, you want persons like myself to think you actually are on the Bishop’s side? Your flip is a flop. I sincerely hope those here follow the link to Crisis and bother to read the nasty, mean and spiteful comments you posted there aimed at not only me but anyone who dared challenge your rants against both Dr. Esolen and Mr. Smalanskas. God bless. Ginnyfree.

      • Melissa

        It is you who is misrepresenting my beliefs. Perhaps some lessons in reading comprehension would be useful to you.

        • Ginnyfree

          Poor Melissa, you really can’t get the cat back in the bag. I suppose you could go over the Crisis site and delete a bunch of your comments to other persons there. As for “misrepresentation,” I’m afraid you’re the star on that score. You put words into the mouth of the Bishop whose letter appears in the full above. You told everyone with ears that you thought Mr. Smalanskas had perpetrated a hoax so as to draw attention to himself. You accused others of homophobia and did so in such a way as to misrepresent Church teaching on acceptance of homosexuality. You insulted Frank Gibbons when he challenged your misrepresentation of Bishop Tobin and his letter to Michael. Then he actually posted the entire letter so as to show you and everyone with eyes to see that you were misrepresenting the letter’s message. In short, lying about what the Bishop said in the hope that no one would dis-prove your misrepresentations. Now, you come here and pretend to support the message contained in that very same letter? It isn’t gonna wash. Once Mr. Gibbons showed you the letter it should’ve pretty much stopped your verbal assaults, but it didn’t stop you! You then dug in your heels and attacked several other persons at the site, including Mrs. Prolifedem, whose long career defending the unborn is testament enough. Your attacks in general presented an image of yourself as very supportive of the LBGTQ “community” at Providence College and their rights to post a bulletin board supportive of their lifestyle. You also tried to misrepresent Church teaching so as to label those of us who don’t support the LBGTQ agenda as homophobic and not fully Catholic! Crisis is the wrong place to hand such a shingle Melissa. Perhaps you could hang out at America Magazine for a while. You’d fit in better there. God bless. Ginnyfree.

          • Melissa

            He has totally made this whole thing click since the beginning and continues to try to do so. Unfortunately for him, the rest of the world doesn’t care about him or his crazy Catholic crusade to try to prove that kids at PC are against traditional marriage. The reason they don’t care and the reason so few kids showed up for the anti-homophobia parade is that nearly all of the kids there are regular kids who do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. This kid is trying to make trouble by baiting the other kids who don’t believe that. He is dragging administrators into it because they are his route to attention. Ultimately, he is a bid loser who will never get a job in the USA, except maybe from that other loser who went to teach in NH. Ginnyfree, I can hang wherever I want to hang in the weirdo blogosphere. Fortunately, I don’t devote my life to getting other bloggers to kiss my ass. Have a great Easter, Ginnyfree. Do you take that day off from your pharisaical ranting or is there no rest for the weary?

      • Melissa

        I will use whatever tone I prefer, Ginnyfree. You seem overly interested in me, weirdo.

  • Jordan Faust

    Perfect letter. He rightfully calls out the student on a lack of charity, the need for more prudence in his actions, and demonstrates his respect for the school administration with acknowledgment of the difficult job they have. He says the student has courage. Yup. I agree with all of that. Good job Bishop.

    • lol

    • Leo

      Telling the truth, whether convenient or inconvenient, as St. Paul says is not a lack of charity. There comes a time to fight and draw a line in the sand against moral depravity. The crest of the college has veritas written on it, which means being truthful. Perhaps they need to change the crest to timiditas, because this issue is not going away. The student didn’t lack charity, but like a true Catholic defended his faith which is openly and unapologetically being mocked in todays culture. Just ask Dr. Esolen why he left PC. Was he being uncharitable? No, but modernism is doing its best to destroy the Church from the inside out.

      • Jordan Faust

        Leo, I am not saying anything about the truth except that the bishop’s letter calls him out.

        • samton909

          If that is what the bishops letter says, then the bishops letter was wrong. I have no idea how you say the letter called the kid out,.

      • Jordan Faust

        The bishop seems to differ with on whether the actions were charitable. But again, you were not his audience and Mike seems much too interested in publicity to pay attention to the nuance of the bishops correction.

    • thefaithbetterexplained

      What precisely were the acts of imprudence and uncharity?

      • Jordan Faust

        I am not going to second guess the Bishop, I simply note the he does make corrections to the young man in these areas. In his letter, he does not say specifically what they are but he does make a point to say something about being “in your face” and “poke the bee hive”. Perhaps that is the part of the man’s behavior that he is correcting. The correction, though, is obvious. Remember again that the audience of this letter was not the blogging community it was the man himself and the college president that the man keeps offending again and again in every interview.

        • thefaithbetterexplained

          Odd that “beehive” was used. He’s essentially saying that Providence is not a faithful hive.

          • Jordan Faust

            If you say so. I guess it doesn’t matter what anyone says, all you people want to do is slam PC.

          • thefaithbetterexplained

            No i slam pc

          • Jordan Faust

            Or that society is not a faithful hive. You are very quick to condemn the college.

          • thefaithbetterexplained

            Until more actual facts are introduced the university DESERVES to be on the defense.

          • samton909

            The college acted abominably. They should be condemned in every respect. They abused a kid who simply repeated the teaching of the church.

          • Jordan Faust

            He was not abused by the college. He was disliked by some students who do not believe as he does and he chose a deliberately provocative approach. There is something wrong with him which was apparent from the beginning but not confirmed based on his media crusade with this lame story that amounts to very little.

    • Antioch

      Did you even read the last paragraph?

      “Once again, Michael, in response to your request, I hope to meet with you in the near future to continue this interesting and very timely conversation. In the meantime, PLEASE BE ASSURED OF MY ADMIRATION, prayers and blessings. May God reward your FAITHFULNESS and COURAGE, and give you his richest blessings in the days to come.”

      Bishop Tobin also says, “… We do them no favors, and we fail to fulfill our Christian vocation, if we hesitate to present and explain the divinely revealed truth about faith and morals.”

      It could not be any clearer that Bishop Tobin is commending Mr. Smalanskas.

      • Jordan Faust

        He could have added. Work on that prudence and charity too. But he’s a bishop and they are not as direct as I am. It’s all in the letter.

        • Antioch

          First of all, it’s not “all in the letter”. I challenge you to provide a single quote from Bishop Tobin calling Mr. Smalanskas’ actions “imprudent” or “uncharitable”.

          Secondly, why would the bishop ask God to reward a person lacking charity? Surely Bishop Tobin is familiar with Paul’s declaration that any acts done without love are worthless (1 Cor. 13:1-3).

          Finally, what is imprudent or uncharitable about a Catholic student making a billboard celebrating Catholic doctrine on marriage at a Catholic university?

          • Jordan Faust

            Ha ha ha keeping asking the same questions.

        • When you said “direct” you meant to write “prejudiced”.

          • Jordan Faust

            Nope. Did not mean prejudiced at all. The bishop corrected him on prudence and charity because those were lacking in his approach to contriving this event that has taken the college hostage.

  • Joe Toppi

    Thank you Bishop Tobin for responding.
    The question remains to be seen which PC we end up with.
    A college that bucks the trend and takes a stand will certainly stand out!

  • GiuseppeButera

    Bishop Tobin does not say that Michael Smalanskas acted imprudently or uncharitably. Read the letter carefully. He simply reminds Michael (and all those whom he knew would read it on websites like this one) that prudence and charity must direct our actions and our words. But the bishop then goes on to praise Michael’s actions, hardly something he would do if he believed Michael had acted imprudently or uncharitably.

    • Jordan Faust

      You can read it any way you want. When a bishop assessed the quality of the situation based on the virtues and the only one he claims you had was courage I think that speaks for itself. Are you accusing the bishop of lying about Fr Shanley? I don’t think Fr Shanley fears the crossroads. Who would?

      • GiuseppeButera

        I was responding to those who read the bishop’s letter to be saying that Michael acted imprudently and without charity. Courage was the virtue most on display in Michael’s act of posting his display on marriage. Prudence and charity were mentioned because Michael had been accused of failing in both regards. Those familiar with Michael’s actions will read the bishop’s discussion of both virtues as a rejection of those accusations. Clearly, Michael acted with prudence and charity, fulfilling his Christian vocation “to present and explain the divinely revealed truth about faith and moral.”

        As for Fr. Shanley, the College got to this crossroads under his leadership.

        • Jordan Faust

          Nah….the bishop took him to the woodshed on these.

          • samton909

            Your comments are bizarre.

          • Jordan Faust

            How are they bizarre. I used quotations from the bishop. Is he bizarre?

          • Jordan Faust

            Thank you.

        • Jordan Faust

          The college is on solid ground on this one. I would say it is Smalanskas that should be worried.

      • You can read it any way you want.

        Which I guess means that you can just make stuff up if you want.

        • Jordan Faust

          Not made up. I used exact quotations from the bishop’s letter.

          • samton909

            twister

          • Jordan Faust

            twisted

      • samton909

        The simple fact is that the college has become a cesspool where a kid who believes in the teaching of the church will be threatened and abused, and the administration will do little or nothing.

        • Jordan Faust

          He is deliberately throwing crap to make it more of a cesspool because he is making Catholics look like fools.

    • Tom

      I agree that the bishop makes a call for some direction by the college. I also find that he did offer very clear corrections to Michael in the areas of charity and prudence. I think the bishop sees this matter very clearly. We must remember that the letter was not provided to the press by the bishop who did not write it with a wide audience in mind. He wrote it for Michael and Brian Shanley.

    • samton909

      That is the problem. The bishop seems to be saying that the kid acted without charity, and that one should not stir up honets nests, That would be wrong of the bishop

  • Tom

    Worcester dodged a bullet with this one.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    Not my opinion, just thinking. Could the Catholic church be once again standing athwart social change. It was their standing on divorce that caused England, and consequently America, to be predominately Protestant countries. (Now, “Catholics” readily divorce) Could this position on marriage result in a similar “schism”? For myself, I agree with the Catholic position.

  • Richard Malcolm

    He asks the critical question, and he does it bluntly: “Will it continue to be P.C. – the Providence College we’ve come to know and love; or simply be p.c. – politically correct, the pathetic, ephemeral fashion that has, in recent years, taken such an ironclad grip on our culture?”

  • Jerry

    Pretty good and balanced statement on Tobin’s part. There’s a pretty clear message there for Shanley at the end.

    Right, prudence and charity are very important. Michael Smalanskas should keep those virtues in mind for sure.

    So should the vicious mob that has been attacking, harassing, and threatening him for the “crime” of publicly asserting the ancient and constant teaching of the Church on the subject of marriage and sexuality.

    • Jordan Faust

      He provoked them and admitted it in an interview out yesterday.

      • Jerry

        Yes, folks, we’ve arrived at the point where to dare to utter the truth of Catholic doctrine at a (Fake Catholic) university like Providence is considered a “provocation.”

        A “provocation,” which, according to Jordan, explains and justifies the avalanche of hate that has been spewed in the direction of Michael Smalanskas by the apostles of tolerance and mercy.

        Gimme a freakin’ break, dude, and wake up.

        • Jordan Faust

          Smalanskas makes this claim sontake it up with him.

          • Jerry

            No, son, you made the claim that Smalanskas deserves to be hated, attacked, and threatened for the crime of expressing his belief in Catholic doctrine regarding marriage and sexuality on a supposedly Catholic campus.

            Have some integrity and own what you said.

          • Jordan Faust

            Smalanskas has changed his story. He first reported that he posted it as an educational item. This report was given multiple times even in the video aired on this page. The National Review now has him reporting that he posted it to “expose a double standard”, aka provoking a reaction, or poking the hive as Bishop Tobin prefers. He is not an innocent lamb by any means.

  • GiuseppeButera

    “This is not the time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine styles of living, in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern ‘metropolis.’…In your hands, carry the Cross of Christ. On your lips, the words of Life. In your hearts, the Lord’s saving grace.” St. John Paul II

  • thefaithbetterexplained

    So is there evidence not given to the “prudent, charity” point from the Bishop; did the student in some way act imprudently or uncharitably? What’s the full story/setting here. Was something not shared about how the student went about it?

    I wonder whether the Bishop himself – if he were so harrassed as the student was – would characterize the whole matter as “interesting”.

    There’s a certain “spectator” element to this Bishop’s letter. Is he leading..or not?

    • Debbie Perry Furtado

      Mr. Smalanskas defended a basic teaching of the Catholic Church in a clear and nonthreateniong way. It is my belief that the vandalizing of the bulletin board and the posting of an obsene cartoon was indeed horrible.

      I would personally like to see the President of Providence College (Fr. Shanley) and the Bishop of Providence (Bishop Tobin) come to positive decision about this matter.

      Furthermore, they need to publically support Mr. Smalanskas and not permit him to become a target for disgruntled students.

      I pray that Fr. Shanley and Bishop Tobin do what is right by Michael Smalanskas.

      • Jordan Faust

        At this point if Smalanskas is still a target it is because he keeps things rolling with media interviews. I pray he shuts up.

        • samton909

          He has every right to spread the Gospel and announce what Catholic teaching is, He also has the right to shine a light on the atrocious behavior of those at a Catholic school who appear to have done little to stand by him. It is supposed to be a Catholic college.

          • Jordan Faust

            People appear to have supported him exactly as they would any other student. Is the administration supposed to make kids like him? That would be a big job.

      • Jordan Faust

        Why would they publicly support a lying provocateur. Smalanskas have another interview in which he now claims he put up the poster to provoke rather than to educate. He is hardly the innocent lamb some describe. I think both Shanley and Tobin should wash their hands of him and tell him to Behave. Where are his parents in all of this? It is an atrocity what he has tried to do, claiming Title 9 violations when all the time he was the puppet master. This kid is so far off base that PC should send him packing without a diploma.

      • Jordan Faust

        It appears that both of them recognize Smalanskas as a trouble maker who is trying to make a name for himself in far right Catholic circles.

        • Rhett Hardwick

          “far right Catholic circles.”

          Some would characterize that as “devout”.

  • Mala Cat

    So, its “poking a beehive” to affirm Catholic Doctrine at a Catholic University? More like a CINO university siphoning funds off the Church and using the name of Catholicism in a spirit of perdition.

    • Rhett Hardwick

      I am sure that “the Church” (if I used that expression in many parts of the country, it would result in “which church”) is composed of people who hope to be in business a generation, or three, from now. “Freedom of religion”, “freedom of speech” , “separation of church and state” are imperiled as never before. Speaking out too loudly on doctrine might imperil tax preferences and might even be labeled “hate speech”. One might counsel moderation. The “elephant in the room”, the pedophilia scandals, may also be counseling a low profile on doctrine, lest unfortunate comparisons be made. Some thoughts, perhaps not directly relevant. “Religion” did not save anyone at Waco, Utah was denied statehood because of Mormon religious beliefs, federal troops were sent into Utah Territory to scatter and arrest Mormon “cohabiters”. “We should all love one another” and hate those who disagree.

      • Mala Cat

        Thank you for being a shining example of secular doctrine. Not that I expect you to comprehend the fact that Gods Law is well above that of your secular idolization, but the true Church of Christ is not a mere man-made institution, nor business. Also, since you want to bring up the “elephant in the room” factor of paedophilia, lets not forget that 90% of the priests who committed such atrocities were HOMOSEXUAL. Also, what happened at Waco was the direct result of the actions of MEN, not GOD. Can we say free Will?

        • Rhett Hardwick

          Mala, I think you misunderstood me. If the Catholic church needed to get square with God, they would surely be in trouble. But they very definitely have a need to operate in the secular world, which they could be denied. I am sure that is of concern to them. “Render unto Caesar”

      • samton909

        You’re quite a crackpot

        • Rhett Hardwick

          You haven’t seen anything. Wait until we get to a discussion of the Giant Rat of Sumatra.

  • Mariusz Wesolowski

    Political correctness is a mental disease.

  • samton909

    Guest, your comments are near idiotic. He did not post and run, you are just being bizarre. You lack all charity, and you distort. Shame

    • Jordan Faust

      It was definitely a hit and run and he admits that in the new article out yesterday. He should have stopped giving interviews a week ago.

  • Ginnyfree

    Just to make sure another good article with further commentary is available to those following this story, here is a link to the Crisis website where you will find excellent coverage by Anthoy Esolen, https://www.crisismagazine.com/2018/providence-college-bullies-faithful-students

    God bless. Ginnyfree.

  • Patricia Moosbrugger

    In skimming several articles on the incident at Providence College as well as the bishop’s letter, it appears that this institution is Catholic in name, only. Why not do the right thing, and divorce itself completely from the Catholic faith? If a young student (a resident assistant) can’t put up a bulletin board that simply shows one of the fundamental teachings of the Church on marriage and family life, but is instead threatened and ostracized, the problem is so deep and so wide-spread that there are really only two options: A complete cleaning of house, or the simple acknowledgement that the ship has left the port, and won’t be coming back – it has entered the stormy waters of secular culture and is quickly sinking. Why continue the farce of calling this a “Catholic” institution, because that it what it is – a
    F.A.R.C.E!

    The implication of the bishop’s letter that this young man’s bulletin board was somehow “in the face of” other students is – with all due respect to the bishop – simply nonsense. This situation merits much more than a namby-pamby letter, but a complete and thorough investigation.

    The situation at PC seems similar to the situation within our Catholic Church as a whole: The Church is failing to truly teach the truth, which we as humans crave and desire. There are so many excellent teachings (take Humanae Vitae, for example: How many of our priests have imparted this teaching to their congregations?)! If PC wants to be truly Catholic, then the truth should be taught and upheld, and ever-present on campus. In such a climate, a bulletin board like the one that led to this upheaval would just be one of dozens. Providence College: Take a lesson from some true Catholic institutions like Steubenville, or others listed in the Cardinal Newman Guide. Why aren’t you in it?

    https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/recommended-colleges/

    Looking for another good read on Providence College? See this article about Dr. Anthony Esolen, a prominent professor who recently left this institution, for the very reasons underlying what led to the Michael Smalanskas situation.

    https://www.city-journal.org/html/taking-catholic-out-catholic-universities-15495.html

  • Aaron Milavec

    In a broader context, I would like to observe that Bishop Tobin is correct in noting that Michael S deliberately poked a bee hive and that he should expect to be stung. Bishop Tobin mentions in passing the need for dialogue on this point, but he gives no guidelines to Michael S as to how to put this wise advice into practice.

    What Bishop Tobin does not mention is that the US Catholic Bishops have openly declared that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of 16 June 2015 did not change their minds and that God’s Law trumps human law. Nor does Bishop Tobin tell us anything about the vocal minority of bishops has been carefully orchestrating a campaign to shame and dishonor Catholics who support or who enter into homosexual unions. These bishops are creating a dangerous bee hive by refusing to begin
    any serious open dialogue.

    How so?

    Teachers are fired in my archdiocese for supporting youths who come out as gays or lesbians. Lesbian couples in my parish who are active contributors to parish activities live in fear that their pastor will find out and that their ministries and/or their right to take communion at the Sunday worship might be withdrawn. A gay Catholic suffering from a heart attack was denied the last rites by a self-righteous hospital chaplain because he `refused to repent of his lifelong homosexuality.’

    My hunch is that the Catholics who tore down Michael’s display were lashing out in anger at the way that our Catholic bishops have misused their authority by publicly humiliating and bullying those who support or who enter into homosexual unions.

    Many students have tasted the unbearable pain of learning from close friends what it is to live in fear that they might be queer. Many of them know that Cardinal Ratzinger’s doctrine of homosexuality is seriously flawed. One student asked me, “God does not create junk, so what right does the Church have to brand gays and lesbians as intrinsically disordered?” Others have told me detailed stories of how heartless it is for the Church to condemn all LGBTQ Catholics to an “unnatural
    celibate life filled with needless self-hatred, loneliness, and false guilt.”

    This is the bee hive that our US Bishops have created. This is the fire storm that Michael S has ignited. My hunch is that the anger against Michael S carries with it a blind acting out against the bullying tactics of the Catholic hierarchy.

    Students at PC are angry, and they have good reason to be so!

    Pope Francis warned the US bishops when he addressed them here in the USA that they must not take the “bread of life” that Jesus gave his disciples to feed the hungry and “fling them like stones against sinners.”

    I wish that Bishop Tobin had understood these words that the Pope addressed to him. If so, he would have written an entirely different letter to Michael S.

    In peace and joy of this Easter hope,

    (Dr.) Aaron Milavec, Catholic theologian

    BLOG = https://aaronmilavec.wordpress.com/2018/01/29

  • Melissa

    What a joy to witness the record number of young people coming in to the Catholic faith at Providence College this year. That certainly sends a different message about the college than the one that young Mr. Smalanski wants to send. I think the faithful converts are a much more profound story than the embattled, bitter Smalanskas.

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