Raymond Dennehy has spent his life fighting for life.
For five decades, the decorated philosophy professor, debater, writer and crusader has rushed in where even many faithful Catholics fear to tread: the front lines of the war against what has come to be called “the culture of death.”
His unrelenting battle against abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide placed him at odds with prominent and powerful opponents: Planned Parenthood, the Hemlock Society, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organization for Women.
Dennehy, who turns 85 at the end of August, would continue the charge if he could.
But he no longer receives the once frequent invitations from the media, which sought his views on ethical issues, and from the University of California, Berkeley, which offered him a stage for 50 consecutive semesters to debate abortion.
And he no longer holds the rapt attention of students at USF, where he spent 41 of the 49 years he taught philosophy.
“I was a big hero with previous generations but on a collision course with modern-minded millennials who drove me into the dumper,” said Dennehy, who retired five years ago when “it just wasn’t fun or productive anymore.”
He exonerates the students, who without spiritual guides are left to secular sources for information and inspiration.
“The people have to hear the truth from the pulpit, and they’re not,” he insisted. “So Madison Avenue and the media, which promote a hedonistic, meaningless, purposeless life, are teaching kids what to believe and how to live. The kids don’t stand a chance.”
Priests and bishops should step up and speak out, but many fear backlash from touching on tender topics, he said.
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