I really thought that, by the time I got around to this, it would have been done to death. I thought for sure it would have made a bigger splash, but, maybe, idiocy from the University of San Francisco Jesuits is just old news – same lunacy, different day. However, this seems to be an “all bets are off” move on the whole Catholicism thing: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4659/‘Gender-Inclusive-Housing’-Pilot-Program-Launched-at-Univ-of-San-Francisco.aspx
The Jesuit-run University of San Francisco (USF) launched a pilot program for the 2016-2016 school year offering “gender-inclusive housing” to students who “identify as transgender” or “do not wish to be identified by any sex or gender identity,” embracing and promoting a view of human sexuality at odds with Church teaching and the statements of Pope Francis and the U.S. bishops.
Whoa-ho! “Embracing and promoting a view of human sexuality at odds with Church teaching”?!? They did WAYYYY more than that. They essentially said, “Room with whomever you choose. “ Want to room with someone who is confused about their gender (which I’d like to point out is not a mental issue but a purely scientific, factual reality)? No problem. Want to room with someone of the opposite sex (they used to call that cohabiting)? No problem.
I know many a college student who wouldn’t mind shacking up with their boyfriend/girlfriend, and they often “hook up” in their dorm rooms anyway, so they might as well be shacking up. That said, it’s usually frowned upon by a Catholic school. Yes, I realize we’re talking about the University of San Francisco but, still, codifying it in the housing code even seems a bit ridiculous for them.
The description on the USF website defines gender-inclusive housing as “an option for two or more students to share the same room regardless of their sex, gender, or gender identity,” and states that the housing option is intended to support the University’s mission “to create safe, affirming, and inclusive communities by providing options for students of varying identities and preferences.”
Again, what the what??? Seriously, USF, you just jumped the shark in your race to be the most cutting edge on the Catholic immorality scene!
In addition to reasons relating to gender identity, students who “prefer to live with a roommate of a different gender” can also apply for the housing. The description noted, “Like all other on-campus housing options at the University of San Francisco, gender-inclusive housing is not intended for romantic couples though USF will not investigate your reasons for seeking gender-inclusive housing.”
Well, at least they admit they’re just going with a “don’t ask, don’t tell” for the “romantic” crowd.
A representative of the University told The Cardinal Newman Society that the gender-inclusive housing is currently in effect for two floors of freshmen occupants, and one floor of upperclassmen in campus dorms. But the representative noted that the housing will be reserved primarily for upperclassmen on two floors next year as many freshmen were confused about the housing policy.
I think “policy” might where the confusion comes in, since you really have none. Or, maybe, parents and students are a little confused by your whole mission statement of “The core mission of the university is to promote learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition,” since you’re clearly not following either the Jesuit tradition or a Catholic tradition. Maybe this will help: How about “Do as you damn well please while we do some fiddling!” That would probably make it a whole lot clearer.
A number of freshmen called the student housing office about the gender-inclusive housing wanting to live with their romantic partners, the USF representative told the Newman Society. The University then had to explain that the primary purpose of the housing was for those facing gender identity concerns. The representative added that gender-inclusive housing accommodations for freshmen next year will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Doesn’t “sex-crazed college student” qualify as a gender-identity somewhere? Doesn’t it go LGBTQS…? Isn’t this whole scenario just a tad bit judgmental?
The Newman Society asked USF administration officials about consequences for students if sexual relationships are discovered in the gender-inclusive housing units, but no response was received by the time of publication.
Come on, Newman Society. This is a Jesuit school. You Pollyannas should know by now the vast majority of Jesuits and Jesuit-run schools have zero belief in or tolerance for consequences. Honestly! Consequences for your actions or theirs? Please. How antiquated.
USF officials were also asked about the new housing policy’s conflicts with Church teaching, and if any efforts were being made by the University to help students struggling with gender identity confusion to reject the current cultural push to embrace living life as their non-biological sex. No responses were received.
Sounds like USF was pretty darn quiet on the other end of that receiver. “Uh, hello? USF? Are you there? Anyone?”
Newman Society Vice President for Program Development Bob Laird said the University’s decision to embrace gender theory in their student housing “brings into question their core Catholic values.”
Pretty much everything USF does calls into question their Catholic value. It would be a much shorter list to come up with things that don’t blow Catholic teaching to hell at USF. See? Done already!
But seriously, kudos to the Newman Society for holding their feet to the fire. They go on to nicely outline the Church teaching on “gender identity” and the Holy Father’s rejection and condemnation of it. Isn’t it interesting that USF has probably used the phrase “Who am I to judge?” ad nauseum but are strangely silent on the whole “gender identity is comparable to nuclear war” thingy?
In a July 2014 statement responding to President Obama’s executive order on “gender identity discrimination,” Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., speaking on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called gender identity a “false idea that ‘gender’ is nothing more than a social construct or psychological reality that can be chosen at variance from one’s biological sex.”
Yes, gender is kind of science, USF. So says science and so says the Church.
More recently, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., writing in a Nebraska newspaper last month, called the promotion of gender identity among students “an act of irresponsibility.” The bishop was responding to proposals in Nebraska allowing high school students to participate in sports based on their preferred gender identity.
Jesuits, irresponsible? Inconceivable (or not).
Really, parents. Don’t waste your money on such a tragedy of a “Catholic” school. They are CINOs at the absolute best, and that’s really placing the bar just a bit above them. I’m hoping they are ordered to remove the term “Catholic” from their descriptions after this one. The whole school is one gigantic near occasion of sin – and actually more like a close occasion.