Matt C. Abbott
Planned Parenthood volunteer hired by Catholic school in Chicago; Cupich slow to act on child porn priest
By Matt C. Abbott
March 7, 2019

In a March 5 story, reported:
    Saint Cajetan, a Catholic school in the archdiocese of Chicago, is backing a teacher who openly admits to volunteering at Planned Parenthood. In a Feb. 24 introductory letter to parents, Jessica Long, a substitute teacher, lists volunteering for Planned Parenthood (PP) among her extracurricular activities.
Needless to say, several of the parents were not happy, telling that "they did express to Long and school administrators their concerns that the school would employ an individual with connections to the country's leading abortion provider."

Despite this, in a subsequent email to the parents, Long justified volunteering at Planned Parenthood "by stating her work at the abortion mill only consisted of educating and counseling victims of domestic violence: 'It is my belief that educating and counseling these women prevents them from being put into situations in which they might consider abortion. I hope you understand this volunteer work is meaningful to me.'"

It's commendable that Long desires to counsel victims of domestic violence, but doing so at Planned Parenthood is terribly misguided. points out that "[a] perusal of Long's Facebook page reveals her support for abortion."

No surprise there.

Also not surprising – but still extremely disappointing – is the fact that the school's principal, Michelle Nitsche, and the school's pastor, Father Steven Dombrowski, are defending Long, asserting "that she has so much to offer our students and is going to be an impactful facilitator in their learning."


I asked Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., professor, author and director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, to comment on the story, to which she responded as follows:
    The administrators of St. Cajetan suffer from either one of two things – a complete disconnect from reality, or they themselves support the killing of the unborn or at least are apathetic to such violence if they think someone who volunteers for Planned Parenthood and expresses support for abortion could in any way align herself with the goals and mission of a Catholic school.

    The administration sends the signal to parents, students and the general public that killing the unborn is no big deal. If Miss Long volunteered for a white supremacist group, would she be allowed to teach at that school? Hardly! And how ironic that this teacher is substituting for another teacher on maternity leave!

    If St. Cajetan wishes to protect its integrity, Miss Long must be told her affiliation with Planned Parenthood is abhorrent and she should be dismissed. Thus would serve as a great witness to her for her own sake as well as that of the school.

Also in Chicago – reported March 4:
    Chicago's Cdl. Blase Cupich waited nearly a month before removing a seminary rector found in possession of male child porn. He also failed to report the priest immediately to law enforcement – a violation of the Dallas Charter – which gave the offending priest time to get rid of the primary evidence.

    Father Octavio Muñoz was arrested in 2016 for possession of child porn after Cook County investigators found hundreds of DVDs and videotapes 'that appear to depict minors in sexual penetration' as well as 'emails containing stories of sex with children,' according to Assistant State's Attorney Guy Lisuzzo at a 2016 bond hearing. They also found 'undergarments of a size intended for children.'

    Muñoz was rector of the now-defunct Casa Jesus, a seminary for Latin Americans established by the late Cdl. Joseph Bernardin in the late 1980s for the purpose of recruiting homosexual seminarians.
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Update as of March 12:

The aforementioned Planned Parenthood-supporting teacher has reportedly resigned from St. Cajetan School. © Matt C. Abbott


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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media, and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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