Too strong a title? Well, I wish they had some sort of excuse other than just being run-of-the-mill-dissenters.
I have tried no fewer than five times to write a piece on the University of San Francisco. My problem? Way, way too much material. I just couldn’t focus on one area because too many others encroached. I feared I would be breaking the blogosphere rules with a 20 page dissertation, so I have a whole lot of half-done pieces. In short, USF is a complete Jesuit mess! Their last shred of worth in the world of Catholicism went out the window when they booted the St. Ignatius Institute.
First of all, if you want to send you child to school with authentic Catholicism, please go to the Cardinal Newman Society’s website (http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/) and find a school there. I can tell you that, if California is where you or your child wants to go, you can find secular schools here with more Catholicism than the University of San Francisco. I am totally and utterly serious about that. I’ve seen Newman Societies/Clubs at the local state schools with far more authentic Catholicism than USF. So, if you want a chance of your child coming out of college a faithful Catholic, bypass USF and go somewhere else. Anywhere else.
So where is my ire coming from? How about these from their official twitter page: https://twitter.com/usfca/status/614173956107448320
Now, this is just on the SCOTUS ruling and “Pride” parade. If you keep going, you will become more ill along the way.
I’m reasonably sure most of you know exactly what the SF “Pride” parade looks like but, in case you don’t, here are the MILD pics. (Don’t watch with your kids alert.) http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/sf-gay-pride-photos-part-one/Slideshow?oid=2699050 Remembering that these are the tame pictures, does this look like something in which a CATHOLIC school should participate? Does it look in keeping with Catholic teaching? For USF to keep saying it upholds Catholicism is a complete and utter joke.
Not to be outdone by their Twitter page, here are a couple of their official Facebook pages:
I would like to reiterate that these are the OFFICIAL pages for USF. So now we have institutionalized dissent against Catholic teaching. I’m sure some of the Jesuits there are a little sad that the admins for these pages didn’t learn a little more about mental reservations and ambiguity. You know, the “say something without specifically saying it so no one can say we actually said it” way of the Jesuits. Do they learn that in seminary? (Sorry to the AWESOME Jesuits I know, but you know I’m speaking the truth about many of your brethren.) So, not only have the USF hierarchy failed to teach authentic Catholicism, they’ve also failed to teach them their way of undermining authority. Might as well just come clean and admit that you have no regard for Church teachings that don’t suit you, Fr. Godfey. The jig is up.
One last thing, I’ve really got to take exception with USF’s use of “Jesuit Catholicism”, as would most faithful Catholics. (Well, that’s not really the last exception I take to them but, again, I’m trying to keep the word count down lest it rival a doctoral thesis.) “Jesuit Catholicism” suggests actually following the teachings of their founder. I have little doubt St. Ignatius would be expressing a tad bit of just anger right now. These idiots can’t even follow the Jesuit Pope! They’re just railing against him the way they rail against the rest of Catholicism.