Pontifical university in Spain asks alumni in survey if they are male, female, or ‘other’


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ACI Prensa Staff, Mar 2, 2023 / 17:00 pm (CNA).

The Pontifical University of Comillas in Spain has sent a survey to its former students asking them to specify their “gender” as male, female, or “other,” in contradiction with Christian anthropology.

The alumni department of the Comillas Pontifical University sent out the survey in order to improve its service.

The survey collects information on different aspects such as age, place of residence, degree, employment situation, or areas of interest of Comillas alumni.

The second question asks: “What is your gender?” Three response options are then offered: male, female, or “other.”

The use of this language appears to be a statement contradicting Christian anthropology and the institution’s Identity and Mission Declaration, which says that it is “a university established by the Holy See, whose governance has been entrusted to the Society of Jesus. This reality is essential to our mission and confers on it a specific profile.”

The institution “assumes, with all its consequences, the Christian conception” of the human being. Thus “there can be no university formation that succeeds in being integral and establishes authentic values, if it is not governed by a certain conception of man.”

Pope Francis has affirmed that gender ideology “presents a society without gender differences and voids the anthropological foundation of the family.”

In his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, the pope states in section 286 that the biological nature of the human being cannot be evaded. “It is true that we cannot separate the masculine and the feminine from God’s work of creation, which is prior to all our decisions and experiences, and where biological elements exist which are impossible to ignore,” the pope asserted.

In a written request, ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, asked the Pontifical University of Comillas yesterday afternoon local time if it is an official position of the university to accept that there is a plurality of “genders.”

Information has also been requested on whether they consider the “other” category incorrect or inappropriate and if the form in question will be changed.

As of press time, no response had been received from the university.

Comillas University

The Pontifical University of Comillas has its origins in the seminary erected in 1890 by Leo XIII in that town, which is located on Spain’s northern coast.

It was entrusted to the Jesuits and its initial purpose was the formation of candidates for the priesthood from Spanish, Latin American, and Filipino dioceses. The Philippines were under Spanish rule at that time.

In 1904, St. Pius X conferred on the institution the power to grant academic degrees in philosophy, theology, and canon law.

In the late 1960s, the institution was transferred to Madrid, authorized by St. Paul VI. Then their classrooms were also opened to the laity. Since the 1970s, both ecclesiastical and secular courses have been available there.

The Catholic Institute of Arts and Industries, also run by the Jesuits, underwent a similar process. Both institutions merged canonically in 1978.

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

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  1. This is a puzzling state of affairs.

    Until you find out that the school is run by the Jesuiticals. Once you realize that, it means perfect sense.

    • Largely because of their involvement in politics, the Jesuits were suppressed in 1773 by Pope Clement XIV. They were distrusted by too many because of their connection to the papacy. One wonders now whether the suppression was simply ahead of its time…

      The issue now is not in the political domain, but the much more septic premise that everything is merely political. Marxism in a new suit…and Der Synodale Weg is the revolutionary vanguard: The male priesthood is a social construct (the Marxist “superstructure”). Sexual morality is a social construct. Binary marriage is a social construct. Sex (“gender”!) is a literary convention and social construct. The apostolic succession is a social construct. The Church, lacking a Germanic “new way,” is a social construct. Moral absolutes (as in Veritatis Splendor) are a social construct and the concept/reality of anything permanent is a social construct.

      Only a decade ago in October of 2012, the Year of Faith (permanence?) was opened with this remark: “It is as if a tsunami of secular [and Marxist] influence has swept across the cultural landscape, taking with it such societal markers as marriage, family, the concept of the common good and objective right and wrong.”

      Are we to believe that the self-compromised Cardinal Hollerich–a Jesuit! who opines that sexual morality/natural law and therefore the Catechism, should be washed away–will reconstruct the deconstruction?

      So-called “experts,” Continental Drift, and the Synod on Synodality? Let us pray that the center holds, if there is a center.

    • I don’t keep up with every event going on in Spain, but it surely seems as though they have a demographic death wish. And for a Catholic institution to also be enabling that sort of demise seems especially tragic.

  2. As the world becomes mentally unbalanced, our Church hastens to be just as crazy. “[It is true] we cannot separate the masculine and the feminine from God’s work of creation, which is prior to all our decisions and are impossible to ignore”. Here, Francis in Amoris 286, if we were to linguistically analyze is not saying anything more than biological difference cannot be ignored, he is not confirming that this fact cannot be subject to revision [why I bracket It is true, which anticipates ‘While’ it is true and the prospect of change].
    For example, His Holiness has designed a platform, the Synod, in which persons who have ‘revised’ their gender, those called trans or transgender may be included within the Church’s sacramental life as is. What Pope Francis hasn’t condemned is one’s denial of their biological gender identity. Consequently, Synod relator Card Hollerich SJ, Card McElroy promote Church acceptance of a decision to trans and inclusion absent of repentance.
    Card McElroy in his recent letter published in Jesuit mag America [addressed by Bishop Paprocki] speaks of a new moral approach in which the pastoral dimension is not excluded by the doctrinal [that they apparently coexist in some unspecified form]. This may appear merciful, a realistic approach to ‘the wounded’. Nonetheless it brackets repentance leaving the impression that metanoia and repentance are not required. Primary examples are Pres Biden and Nancy Pelosi.
    Spain’s Pontifical University of Comillas reflects this ‘transition’ of morality centered on pastoral circumstances to the exclusion of doctrine.

  3. Zechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

    Hebrews 4:2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.

    Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

    Romans 5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

    John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

    Today some wonder if Papa is in concordance with these verses! Others are more candid, questioning whether the Pope is Catholic! Whatever, God is in control and the church will prevail. Prayers for Papa.

  4. Other???? Really?? Its a total disgrace for ANY catholic institution to offer “other” as a possible answer when asked to define one’s sex. The more we kow-tow to these insane liberal notions the more acceptance and normality they gain.

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