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    IMPORTANT LETTERS & NEWS
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    Major Letters Sent to Alumni
    Selected Letters - Newer Ones
    Selected Letters - Older Ones
    News & Articles
    Pro Abortion Matthews but Con HC Benefactor!
    The Vagina Monologues
    HC Pro Gay Marriage
    Major Letters Sent to Alumni
    1.Original letter of Sept. 2001 from Four Alumni of Holy Cross by surface mail to over 10,000 Alumni graduated before 1972. Also: 1999 HC Student Profile, Response Card received by over 1500 Alumni, and 12/18/01 Front Page Article in Telegram & Gazette * (See below Selected Letters for letters to & from the college.)
    2.Letter from Vic Melfa '57 to Class of '57, Other HC Alumni & Friends: Holy Cross Class of 1957, Reunion & HC Catholic Identity - The Problem & The Solution - 2/25/02
    3.Letter to Respondents to Sept. 2001 Holy Cross 4 Alumni Letter - 4/15/02
    4.Important Report from The Holy Cross Cardinal Newman Society - Renewing its Catholic Identity - 10/4/02
    5.Letter from President of HCCNS to All Alumni including those graduated after 1971 - 1/14/03, and Follow Up Letter to only Post 1971 Graduates - 1/19/03
    6.Letter to Alumni & Friends - Update & Call for Action - Top Crusader & Benefactor Rebuffed by College re ProAbortion Matthews Graduation Speaker! by Vic Melfa - 5/14/03
    7.Update Letter to Holy Cross Alumni & Friends - 9 Pages - 6/27/03
    8.Fr. McFarland Tries To Justify His Honoring Pro-Abortion Matthews - 8/11/03
    9.Holy Cross Student Club & Newspaper Promote Same-Sex Marriage in Violation of Church Teaching - 11/29/03
    Selected Letters - Newer Ones (See below for older ones)
    (These letters are just a few amongst the many hundreds we have received since early 2002.)
    1.Letter from Fr. Rule, S.J. to Ned Kirby '49 - 12/1/01 *
    2.Letter from Ned Kirby '49 Response to Fr. Rule, S.J. - 12/31/01 *
    3.Letter from Guy Bosetti '49 Response to Fr. Rule, S.J.- 1/19/02 *
    4.Letter from Prof. David O'Brien to Ned Kirby '49 - 12/12/01 *
    5.Letter from Ned Kirby '49 Response to Prof. David O'Brien - 12/19/01 *
    6.Letter from Fr. McFarland, S.J. to "Dear Friends" - 12/19/01
    7.Letter to Crusader Newspaper Calling for Theology Dept From 2 Students - 2/1/02 *
    8.Letter from Walter O'Farrell '62 Response to Fr. McFarland, S.J.- 3/28/02 *
    9.Letter from Joe Kilmartin '47 to Fr. McFarland, S.J. - 4/16/02 *
    10.Letter to all Holy Cross Trustees from the "4 Alumni" enclosing their letter (with 8 enclosures) of 4/24/02 - 8/10/02 *
    11.Four Alumni Letter to Holy Cross Trustees with 8 enclosures - 4/24/02 *
    12.Trustee Response to 4/24/02 letter from Four Alumni - 5/9/02 *
    13.Four Alumni Response to 5/9/02 Trustee letter - 6/13/02 *
    14.Letter to H. E. (Jack) Lentz '67, Chrm. Board of Trustees, from Guy Bosetti responding to his letter of 5/9 - 6/13/02 *
    15.Letter from Paul Guyet '61 to Chairman of President's Council on reducing his gift - 6/27/02 *
    16.Letter from Purple Knight, Dr. Bill Dowling, to Fr. McFarland after Reunion Weekend - 7/2/02
    17.Letters to the Editor of Catholic Free Press Re Seminar - 6/28/02, 7/12/02 *
    18.Letter to Bishop Reilly from Alumnus Class of '52 - 7/07/02
    19.Letter from Joe Kilmartin '47 Response to Fr. McFarland, S.J. - 7/28/02 *
    20.Last Gasp letter from Dr. Jack Verdon '61 to Fr. McFarland - 8/14/02
    21.Letter to Holy Cross Magazine from 3 Alumni - 11/02
    22.Letter & donation from Class '55 Alumnus to HCCNS explaining WHY he has given up on Holy Cross- after 3 generations of students - except for the need to warn future students! - 1/28/03
    23.To Fr. McFarland et al on HC Finances, Monologues, etc from another President's Club member who stopped giving - 2/5/03
    24.Letter to Fr. McFarland re his responsibility in light of bad news in Higher Education Research Institute report on Catholic College Education (See Section Below for report of 3/1/03) - 3/6/03
    25.Philip Moran, Esq. '58 Writes To His Classmates - He "cannot look the other way" anymore!... "to take part in this years Reunion I feel would be hypocritical" Asks others who agree to do the same. - 5/2/03
    26.Letter to Class of 1952 Classmates from Dr. Bill Dowling - Holy Cross Becomming Secular Institute. Take Action Now! - 5/5/03
    27.Letter From Alumnus to Fr. McFarland: "It is time for you to consider stepping down!" - 6/03
    28.Open Letter from Jesuit Graduate saying Holy Cross is just another victim of evil secular Sin!, BUT - 6/03
    29.Holy Cross? - Hardhitting letter from Religous Educator, Evangelist, and BC grad reviewing the Jesuit Divide and Academic Freedom - 7/03
    30.Letter from Bill Cousins '45 (Past VP Holy Cross, VP Alumni & Assoc. Trustee) to Bishop re HC Crusader and ALLIES student group promoting Same-Sex Marriage - 11/29/03
    31.Eloquent letter with great arguments to McFarland from Gerald T. Griffin - Why Pro Choice = Pro Abortion and questions to Fr. McFarland - 12/12/03 *
    32.Letter to Crusader, McFarland et al from active Alumnus of Class of '61 - can't understand administration's permissiveness toward college newspaper - 2/5/04
     
    Selected Letters - Older Ones (See above for newer ones)
    (We have hundreds of these in our files. As they surface for some particular reason, we will start to publish them.)
    1.1990 detail letter from alumnus to Fr. Brooks criticizing HC's developing Mission Statement, and his letter to classmates after typical rejection by "Class Agents" to publish his thoughts in his Class Letter. One example of many letters received from alumni about their frustrations in communicating with Holy Cross. *
     
    News & Articles ( Also see other Sections)
    1.Front Page News Article in Catholic Free Press (CFP) on the Formation of Holy Cross Cardinal Newman Society - 5/14/02 (Also, printed in the National Catholic Register, Boston Pilot, Providence Visitor etc.) *
    2.News Article in Worcester Telegram & Gazette (T&G) on Formation of Holy Cross Cardinal Newman Society - "Holy Cross Urged to Stress Catholicism - McFarland Defends College's Curriculum" - 5/22/02 *
    3.Press Release of the "Catholic Identity of Holy Cross Seminar" at Holy Cross - 6/7/02
    4.Archbishop Weakland's Legacy. "The most liberal bishop in America" chosen for an Honorary Degree by Holy Cross who was then forced to drop him. Seattle Catholic - 6/7/02
    5.News Article on the Catholic Identity of Holy Cross Seminar in the CFP - 6/14/02 *
    6.Press Release - President of Holy Cross Cardinal Newman Society To Receive Prestigious Award for His Work - 10/12/02
    7.Vic Melfa gets award from national Cardinal Newman Society - Catholic Free Press - 10/25/02 *
    8.Dissident's speech canceled at Holy Cross - Boston Globe - 10/26/02 *
    9.Vic Melfa lauds Cross for refusing to pay feminist speaker - Worcester Telegram - 10/29/02 *
    10.Front Page News Article on HC Cardinal Newman Society - "Melfa: Holy Cross Too Secular" - Worcester Telegram - 11/03/02 *
    11.Panel meets on controversial cancellation of Kissling talk - The Crusader - 11/15/02
    12.Feature Article - HCCNS President Receives Award From National Cardinal Newman Society - National Catholic Register - 11/24/02
    13.Holy Cross Taking Steps To Stop Alumnus's Email - Worcester Telegram - 1/20/03
    14.Holy Cross Crusader Editor's Letter against the HCCNS - 1/31/03
    15.Letter from Alumnus to Holy Cross Crusader in Response to Editor's Letter of 1/31/03 Against the HCCNS - 4/8/03 *
    16.Ltr to Editor asking students: "Is Holy Cross Catholic enough?" - HC CRUSADER - 4/11/03
    17.Former Holy Cross Trustee Resigns Fund-Raising Post Over Honorary Degree - CFP - 5/9/03 *
    18.NEWS RELEASE - Bishop Reilly will NOT attend HC Commencement!! Says life must be "absolutely protected from the moment of conception" - 5/21/03 *
    19.Bishop Plays Hardball, Shuns Holy Cross Graduation - Telegram - 5/22/03 *
    20.NEWS ALERT - Bishop Reilly Backs Out of HC Commencement -Refuses to Share Stage with Matthews - Cardinal Newman Society - 5/22/03
    21."Bishop Reilly to Boycott Holy Cross Over Award" by Michael Paulson, Boston Globe - 5/22/03
    22.Bishops Blackball "Hardball" - New York Post - 5/23/03
    23.Holy Cross editor steadfast on gay marriage issue - (In response to Vic Melfa's 11/29 letter to alumni) - Telegram Front Page - 12/2/03
    24.HC editor claims right to say anything in "Official College Newspaper" editorials - Crusader -12/05/03
    25.Pope Benedict XVI to beatify Cardinal Newman in September in England - 03/16/10
    Top Crusader & HC Benefactor Ignored by College re Pro Abortion/Matthews Graduation Speaker!
    1.Letter From Charles E. Millard, Past Holy Cross Board Chairman & Major Benefactor, to Trustees-Protesting Chris Matthews' Honorary Degree in Contradiction to "The College's Statement of Position on Abortion of 12/11/91" - 3/14/03 *
    2.Letter from Charles E. Millard to Holy Cross Trustees Protesting Chris Matthews' Honorary Degree as Contradiction to the Enclosed Just Released Jesuit Statement Against Abortion, Standing For The Unborn, - 3/27/03 *
    3.Third Letter from Charles E. Millard to Holy Cross Trustees Stating His Disappointment at Their Lack of Response and "100% silence" with Enclosure on His Unusually Distinguished Career as a Holy Cross Alumnus - 3/31/03 *
    4.Final Letter from Charles E. Millard to Holy Cross Trustees Proposing a Solution to the Chris Matthews Honorary Degree - 4/2/03 *
    5.NEWS RELEASE -- PAST CHAIRMAN OF HOLY CROSS BOARD PROTESTS HONORARY DEGREE TO CHRIS MATTHEWS -- OBJECTION BASED ON MATTHEWS PRO-CHOICE POSITION URGES OTHERS TO JOIN IN OBJECTING TO ADMINSTRATION - 4/10/03
    6.Chris Matthew's Pro-Choice (Pro-Abortion) Comments
    7.Summary of VATICAN Doctrinal Note On Some Questions Regarding The Participation Of Catholics In Political Life (See "Other" Section for complete document) - 1/24/03
    8.Holy Cross Speaker's View on Abortion Stirs Alumnus to Protest - Catholic Free Press - 4/18/03 *
    9.Charles E. Millard '54, Top HC Benefactor, Ex-Chrmn. & Trustee for over 20 years, Goes Public after NO-RESPONSE from HC Administration & Trustees re Pro-Abortion Speaker - Worc. Telegram - 4/15/03 *
    10.Matthews puts Holy Cross in hot seat - Alumnus protests prochoice TV host's role in graduation - Boston Sunday Globe - 4/20/03
    11.President of National Cardinal Newman Society Scathing letter to Holy Cross President, Fr. McFarland, and responses re Holy Cross choice of Pro-Abortion Chris Matthews as Commencement Speaker - 4/17/03
    12.Letter to Fr. McFarland from '61 Alumnus & Responses re Chris Matthews - 4/14/03
    13.Another Sample Letter from Class of '88 Alumnus to Fr. McFarland criticizing his accusations & defense of Matthews' Honorary degree - 4/22/03
    14.AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MCFARLAND and the HOLY CROSS BOARD OF TRUSTEES - a 1/2 Page Ad in the Catholic Free Press, including theologian Fr. Richard John Neuhaus' objection to McFarland's statement that Matthews' public position on abortion is "allowable in Catholic thought." - CFP - 4/25/03
    15.URGENT CALL TO ACTION - "Major Effort / Pro-Abortion Chris Matthews speaking at Graduation / Top Alumnus Rebuffed" - Sent to thousands of Alumni - 4/25/03
    16.Catholic College Clashes with Prominent Alumni - with readers' comments - Catholic World News - 4/28/03
    17.The Society of Drinan - Hardball at Holy Cross by Jack Fowler, National Review Online 4/30/03
    18.Powerful Letter to The Fenwick Review from Sophomore Student Instructing Fr. McFarland on Catholic Teaching about Abortion! - 5/03
    19.Powerful Letter To Chairman of Board of Trustees from Graduating Student - To Walk Out If Matthews Speaks!! - 5/1/03 ***
    20."Catholic Thought" ala Pres. McFarland - in THE WASHINGTON TIMES - 5/2/03
    21."An Open Letter to Chris Matthews", copies to HC Board of Trustees, from Sample of both Young & Old Alumni! - "Prayers for Chris Matthews to be part of Degree?" - Ad in CFP - 5/2/03
    22.Holy Cross Alumni Turn Up Heat on Grad Speaker - Catholic Free Press - 5/2/03 *
    23.Philip Moran, Esq. '58 Writes To His Classmates - He "cannot look the other way" anymore!...Inviting Matthews crossed the line! "to take part in this years Reunion I feel would be hypocritical" Asks others who agree to do the same. - 5/2/03
    24.Holy Cross Asked to Distance itself from Honoree's Abortion View - The Pilot - 5/2/03 *
    25.Pro-Life Graduating Student Leader tells McFarland he Won't Listen to Matthews! - 5/6/03
    26."Going Wobbly or Standing For The Unborn?" - Open Letter to Pres. McFarland from Charles E. Millard '54, L.H.D. '99, Chairman of the Board 1977-1982 - 5/9/03
    27."Going Wobbly For The Unborn" Open Letter to McFarland & Letter of 4/29/03 to Trustees from C. Millard, etc.- 1/2 Back Page Ad in Catholic Free Press - 5/9/03 *
    28.Former Holy Cross Trustee Resigns Fund-Raising Post Over Honorary Degree - CFP - 5/9/03 *
    29.Attorney Edgar L. Kelley, '49, (One of the original 4 Alumni) to Fr. McFarland: "Pro-Choice = Abortion"! - 5/10/03 *
    30.Bishop Timlin Refuses to attend Jesuit University of Scranton Graduation because Chris Matthews is Speaking! Also, Bishop Dougherty Refuses to attend Misericordia College Graduation because of Pro-Abortion Honorees!! - 5/12/03 *
    31.New York Archdiocese Says Marist College 'No Longer Catholic' - by the Association of Students at Catholic Colleges - Published by the CNS - 5/13/03
    (The CNS objected to the Archdiocese of New York against Marist College's selection of pro-abortion New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer for this year's commencement address. The archdiocese has responded to the CNS protest by declaring the college "is no longer a Catholic institution," and therefore not under the Church's jurisdiction.)
    32.Letter to Alumni & Friends - Update & Call for Action - Top Crusader & Benefactor Rebuffed by College re ProAbortion Matthews Graduation Speaker! by Vic Melfa - 5/14/03
    33.Abortion Rights is "To Honor Those Who Support the Mystical Destruction of Christ!" directed to Fr. McFarland & Bishop Reilly - The Seattle Catholic Journal - 5/16/03
    34.Coalition Criticizes Colleges Honoring Pro-Abortion Speakers - National Catholic Register - 5/18/03 *
    35.Catholic Action League Letter to Bishop Reilly & News Release to Boycott HC Commencement - 5/20/03
    36.NEWS RELEASE - Bishop Reilly will NOT attend HC Commencement!! Says life must be "absolutely protected from the moment of conception" - 5/21/03 *
    37.Bishop Plays Hardball, Shuns Holy Cross Graduation - Telegram - 5/22/03 *
    38.NEWS ALERT - Bishop Reilly Backs Out of HC Commencement -Refuses to Share Stage with Matthews - Cardinal Newman Society - 5/22/03
    39."Bishop Reilly to Boycott Holy Cross Over Award" by Michael Paulson, Boston Globe - 5/22/03
    40."Hardball" Host Hails HC Grads - Demonstrators Stage Protest - Telegram - 5/24/03 *
    41.Commencing Badly: Scandalous Speakers at Catholic Graduations - Patrick Reilly on the Identity of Church-Affiliated Colleges - Zenit News - 5/30/03
    42.Letter From Alumnus to Fr. McFarland: "It is time for you to consider stepping down!" - 6/03
    43.Fr. McFarland's letter, "Rain on Our Parade", highlights controversy and tries to justify to Holy Cross supporters his honoring of Pro-Abortion Matthews - 7/03
    44.Open Letter, "Renege on My Parade", from Charles Millard responding to Fr. McFarland's "Rain on Our Parade" letter - 7/31/03
    45.Fr. McFarland Tries To Justify His Honoring Pro-Abortion Matthews - 8/11/03
    46.Charles E. F. Millard '54 passes away ending his long battle with sickness and Holy Cross - Telegram & Boston Globe Articles - 10/21/03
    47.Charles E. F. Millard '54 awarded Cardinal Newman Society 2003 Ex corde Ecclesiae Award for his significant contributions to the renewal of Catholic higher education. President of Holy Cross Cardinal Newman Society posthumously accepts award for Mr. Millard and his family with gratitude for his courageous leadership and faithful example as a fellow alumnus. - 11/8/03
     
    The Vagina Monologues
    1."Culture Wars" Feature Vagina Monologues Article "V-Day at St. Marys College". - 4/00
    2.An Open Letter to the President of the College of the Holy Cross concerning the Vagina Monologues from the Catholic Family Association - 2/10/02 *
    3.Letter from Freshman to Fr. McFarland Re: Vagina Monologues Production - Julieanne Dolan '05 - 2/21/02
    4.Article - Vagina Monologues at the Cross & Pedophilia by Prof. Charles Rice '53 - 3/8/02
    5.News Article - Fr. Spitzer, S.J., President of Jesuit Gonzaga Univ. says NO to Vagina Monologues - 3/13/02
    6.Letter from Prof. Charles Rice '53 to Fr. McFarland, S.J. (1/11/02 Article on Vagina Monalogues enclosed) - 4/1/02
    7.Letter Response from Fr. McFarland S.J. to Above Freshman letter Re Monologues - 4/5/02 *
    8.Vagina Monologues & The Church Sex Abuse Scandal, A Letter to Holy Cross by Charles E. Rice, Holy Cross '53, Professor Emeritus, Notre Dame Law School - A Letter to Holy Cross Magazine (not published!) - 8/29/02
    9.Monologues' Encore sparks Web dialogue - Catholic Free Press - 2/7/03 *
    10.WARNING - NOT FOR MINORS. SOME ACTUAL PORNOGRAPHIC TEXT OF VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Condoning masturbation, fornication, homosexual/lesbian seduction of an adolescent and prostitution! Being produced at "Catholic" Holy Cross February 11 & 12 2003
    11.Reply to Fr. McFarland's defense of Monologues from another Jesuit College Graduate - 2/20/03
    12.Catholic Colleges Start Saying No to 'Monologues' - National Catholic Register - 3/16/03
    13.Charles E. Rice '53, Notre Dame Professor Emeritus of Law, letter to Fr. McFarland enclosing his 1/29/04 article "Scandal in 'Catholic' Colleges". - 2/5/04 *
    14.Fr. McFarland's response to above 2/5/04 letter from Charles E. Rice '53, Notre Dame Professor Emeritus of Law. - 2/25/04 *
    15.Charles E. Rice '53, Notre Dame Professor Emeritus of Law, letter to Fr. McFarland castigating him for his above 2/25/04 letter, defending the "presentation of the homosexual exploitation of a teenager as a 'salvation' for the victim", and calling for his resignation and removal. - 3/4/04 *
     
    HC Pro Gay Marriage
    1.Crusader Editor Uses Her Position on Official College Newspaper to Come Out for Homosexual Marriages - Crusader - 11/21/03
    2.Sex, Lies, and Contradictions: The Goodridge Decision Gets an F for Logical Reasoning by Prof. Michael Pakaluk Clark Univ. - Boston Pilot - 11/28/03
    3.Letter to Alumni - Holy Cross Student Club & Newspaper Promote Same-Sex Marriage in Violation of Church Teaching - 11/29/03
    4.Letter from Bill Cousins '45 (Past VP Holy Cross, VP Alumni & Assoc. Trustee) to Bishop re HC Crusader and ALLIES student group promoting Same-Sex Marriage - 11/29/03
    5.Holy Cross editor steadfast on gay marriage issue - (In response to Vic Melfa's 11/29 letter to alumni) - Telegram Front Page - 12/2/03
    6.HC editor claims right to say anything in "Official College Newspaper" editorials - Crusader -12/05/03
    7.The Sinister Implications of Goodridge: The SJCs decision is as foolish as it is fallacious by Michael Pakaluk - Boston Pilot - 12/5/03
    8.Professor David O'Brien, HC Professor of Roman Catholic Studies, op-ed article defends homosexual marriage and mocks Catholic Bishops! - Telegram - 12/8/03
    9.A Mouse in the Cookie Jar? - Prof. Michael Pakaluk of Clark University analyses and crushes O'Brien's above Article - Special to the HCCNS - 12/8/03
    10.Prof. Michael Pakaluk of Clark University criticizes O'Brien for potshots against Bishops and challenges him to a public debate! - sent to Crusader etc - 12/10/03
    11.Op-Ed counter to Prof. O'Brien - "Decision on same-sex marriage 'tyrannical imposition' by court" - Prof. Michael Pakaluk - Telegram - 12/18/03 (Pakaluk- world reknown writer/speaker on Philosophy/Catholicism, Harvard Doctorate, convert with 10 children)
    12.Reason, Faith and Homosexual Acts by John Finnis, Oxford University and University of Notre Dame. Very clear explanation of Church Teaching.
    13.Community Leader Chastises Prof. David O'Brien for his attack on Bishop - 6/16/04

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