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The Catholic Liberal Was NOT Welcome Among the Normal Liberals Anna Keating, a liberal and a feminist, used to be a Coordinator of Catholic Life at a small liberal arts school which was founded …More
The Catholic Liberal Was NOT Welcome Among the Normal Liberals

Anna Keating
, a liberal and a feminist, used to be a Coordinator of Catholic Life at a small liberal arts school which was founded by Congregationalists but had become entirely secularised. After a while, she understood that she had to quit her workplace because – quote – “the atmosphere had become so toxic that it was affecting my well-being.” Keating knew that her position would not be refilled. Why? Because progressivism that has suffused the atmosphere of elite schools does not welcome religious students, and makes it difficult for students to engage with religion in any way, she wrote on HedgehogReview.com.

Being a liberal, feminist and product of an elite university, Keating didn’t see her presence on campus as a Catholic campus minister as controversial or political, when she took the job. She thought that she would fit in well culturally at a progressive institution and was committed to helping students explore their various identities, whether in terms of gender, race, sexuality, or even religion. But she soon found out that this approach didn’t work.

The main Protestant chaplains were focussed on qigong, zen meditation, queer spirituality, yoga, and tarot card nights. Keating was happy with this but wanted to add a focus on “Western spirituality,” making candles for Advent, reading Francis’s encyclical on climate change, praying Lectio Divina and cooking dinner together. But the school was not ready to accept this, because religious services and observance were considered part of a structure of – quotation marks - “white supremacy.” A “spiritual but not religious” student who sometimes came to Catholic events wearing her “I support Planned Parenthood” pin told Keating, “It’s taboo to explore Western spirituality, especially in liberal circles. I’m careful whom I tell about it.” Other students asked Keating not to take photos of Mass and post them on social media. They didn’t want to be “outed” as Catholics.

The obsession to eliminate whiteness, masculinity, and heteronormativity on college campuses has made entire religious traditions suspect, Keating writes. She found that anti-racism was about getting rid of the chaplaincy programs because the “number one priority of the college was antiracism.” The plan was to replace the chaplancies with wellness education aimed at stress management, substance abuse, and sexual safety. Keating comments in her naiv liberalism, “Replacing religion with wellness is like replacing poetry and music with massages and journaling and working out. They all have value, but they are not the same.” She concludes that this anti-racism ideology benefits academics and administrators who use it to protect themselves from any possible criticism or censure for being insufficiently antiracist, but it provides students with nothing more than a feel-good simulacrum of diversity and equity.
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Once again, the revolution tramples its founders. ;-) "were focussed on qigong, zen meditation, queer spirituality, yoga, and tarot card nights." but... "It’s taboo to explore Western spirituality, especially in liberal circles." Leftistists dislike Western spirituality, but like tarot cards. This is how stupid the left truly is. Only a matter of time before they "cancel" tarot cards, too. …More
Once again, the revolution tramples its founders. ;-) "were focussed on qigong, zen meditation, queer spirituality, yoga, and tarot card nights." but... "It’s taboo to explore Western spirituality, especially in liberal circles." Leftistists dislike Western spirituality, but like tarot cards. This is how stupid the left truly is. Only a matter of time before they "cancel" tarot cards, too. Pic related. Major Arcana Card Five.