I was looking more at Loyola Marymount since I’ve had a lot of responses to the blog posts on them. I also confess they’re the proverbial accident at which I can’t help but look. I perused their website. http://www.lmu.edu/ You know that little navigation bar at the top? I clicked on buttons until I finally found one that had anything remotely to do with the Faith under “student life” and that was “campus ministry.” Finally made it to the final “about” button and this is what they list:
“The Jesuit education we provide is a diverse academic community rich in opportunities for intellectual engagement and real-world experience. We enroll an academically ambitious, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse student body. We recruit, retain and support a diverse faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and creativity.”
Diverse, diverse, multi-cultural, blah, blah, blah. How about more on the Faith. I think they should just remove the Catholic thing all together.
That’s all for Catholicism folks. Those two little sections. Maybe I missed some other areas but they were buried. Not a top issue for them.
Of course, splashed on the front page is Bill Clinton, their commencement speaker this year. Yes, that Bill Clinton. You know, the pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, serial philanderer Bill Clinton. Awesome pick, LMU. Could you ever find a guy closer to that good old “Ignatian Spirituality” than Bill Clinton? (Notice the quotations? Yes, it’s sarcasm, in case any of the 3% of faithful, Catholic Jesuits who are trying to preserve authentic Ignatian Spirituality were worried)
What was really disturbing, found again under “student life”, was a link that caught my attention. LMU CARES: Living the Lion’s Code. Lion’s Code? How cool. So I checked out and here’s what I saw on a scrolling slide show. Here’s some screen captures of the whole gory thing.
“Stand in faith?” Where’s the faith in that?
And I found this lovely little tip sheet:
Well thank heavens they didn’t bog these kids down with all that Church teaching on respect, dignity, human sexuality, etc. This is a far better approach. “Don’t rape people!” You know, because “Just say ‘no’” worked so well. Let’s definitely not mention “Theology of the Body”, chastity, or consequences (other than jail time and expulsion) for their actions. Don’t mention it at all. And, please, keep bringing in the moral paragons like Bill Clinton. What better example can you find of how not to be a rapist? Oh, wait…
Let’s take in the messages on these pictures. I truly hope these were stock pics and these young men aren’t attached to this crud forever. These pictures portray anything but respect and honor for a woman. Let me explain to you boys: not raping someone does not equal respect and honor. It equals not being quite the brutal animals some are. Can we set a little higher standard than that? How about being men and women of self-control and self-mastery? Whoa! There’s a thought.
If these young men respected and honored their “partners”, they wouldn’t put them in a situation to use birth control which is detrimental to their health, birth control that is going to fail, convince them to engage in activity that has a good shot at putting them in an unintended pregnancy situation. And, as Catholics who have a clue (clues are not being doled out at LMU), they wouldn’t aid and abet damaging someone’s mortal soul. That would be respect and honor.
Now, before some college kid drops by to say “We live in the real world you old lady!”, don’t. You have no idea how real my world is. I’d love, love, love to live in a faithful Catholic bubble but I don’t have that luxury. That said, I know tons of people who are my age (which is going to look a lot younger when you get here) and a lot your age who didn’t or aren’t sleeping together before marriage who also live in the “real world.” Why? For starters, they were taught that true respect and honor meant more than not raping someone. Next, they were taught Catholicism! What a novel idea. While the idea is catching on in the secular world, the disease-free, baggage-free, emotionally mature folks are almost always the one who practice some sort of faith. They’re the ones playing the long game for eternal salvation and they understand true love is wanting your “partner” to get to heaven, not simply to give you pleasure. They value sex, sexuality, and the dignity of each individual. Their reward for this attitude in marriage is a deeper bond with their spouse and more enjoyment of sex because it wasn’t “done to death” and trivialized with several partners. It was seen as something sacred and beautiful, not a hobby. It holds the “wow!” factor and is treated as such.
Those Catholic values that you’ve been cheated out of at LMU are just the opposite of what you’ve been taught. You’ve been taught that they are oppressive when they are really the most freeing thing you’ll ever know. But, hey, let’s use Bill Clinton as a role model of someone who understands healthy relationships. Then you can all go out, ignore the Faith and, as he said, “Set the world on fire!” That should pretty much result with the an out of control flame leaving scorched earth and devastation in its wake. Good luck with that!