Update 2/25/2011: Further research by The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) has found that thirteen, not fourteen as originally reported, Catholic colleges are hosting the play The Vagina Monologues in 2011. Two institutions have been dropped off the initial list and one has been added.
The University of San Francisco is not hosting the Monologues this year. An article in the Foghorn, USF’s student paper, reported that the campus group which usually produced the play was suspended due to budgetary considerations.
The St. Mary’s College (IN) director of media relations responded to a CNS inquiry and wrote: “There is no production of the Vagina Monologues planned here. Maybe at another Saint Mary’s College, but not here.” St. Mary’s College was originally included on VDay.org as hosting the play, but its page was removed after the initial CNS review.
St. Mary’s College of California was not included in the first CNS report, but an article from The Collegian, the College’s student paper, recently reported that “the Women’s Resource Center presented the 9th annual production of The Vagina Monologues in the Soda Center.”
Due to the removal of the University of San Francisco from the CNS list, it should be noted that out of the thirteen Catholic colleges hosting the Monologues this year nine are Jesuit, not ten as first reported.
Original Press Release: While couples celebrate true love on this Feast of Saint Valentine, The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) has identified reports of fourteen Catholic colleges and universities—ten of them Jesuit—hosting productions of the vile play The Vagina Monologues in 2011.
Since CNS began protesting the Monologues in 2003, performances have dropped from a high of 32. But on some Catholic campuses, the Monologues has become an annual display of defiance against traditional marriage and sexual morality.
“Catholic colleges that host this play—some of them repeatedly—should be ashamed of the obvious contradiction with their Catholic identity,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “Most Catholic colleges have rejected the Monologues and found much better ways of seriously addressing women’s issues.”
The Monologues favorably describes lesbian activity, masturbation and the reduction of sexuality to selfish pleasure. Promoted by the organization V-Day and performed to support the end to violence against women, often as a fundraiser for women’s shelters, the good intentions of the performers are undermined by the play’s obscene and demeaning content.
Since January, CNS has been monitoring the internet and campus publications for evidence of Catholic colleges and universities supporting the Monologues. Fourteen Catholic colleges and universities have been identified.
CNS informed Catholic college and university leaders that their institutions are listed as performing the Monologues, either at VDay.org or by another published source. CNS alerted the institutions about the obscene nature of the play and asked college leaders to confirm whether or not the Monologues are indeed taking place.
The following Catholic institutions were listed either on the website VDay.org or elsewhere online as hosting The Vagina Monologues in 2011:
Updated List (2/25/2011):
College of Saint Rose
College of the Holy Cross
John Carroll University
Loyola University Chicago
University of Detroit Mercy
Saint Mary's College of California