USF: Traditional, Progressive or Door #3?

I’m sure all sorts of strange noises of shock and exasperation came out of my mouth as I was reading this:

https://sffoghorn.org/2016/04/21/traditional-progressive-both/

And then this came out before I could even get an article written:

http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4847/USF-Basketball-Coach-Doesn%E2%80%99t-Want-Faithful-Catholics-on-the-Team.aspx

So, you’re going to get a two-fer.  Let’s take them one at a time.

It’s taken me awhile to process this boatload of fantastical theories.  It rather epitomizes why the vast majority of schools bearing the “Catholic” moniker are a danger to society.  I mean, people actually believe what is spewed here is Catholic!

Traditional, Progressive, Both?

How about neither?  I choose door number three.  Dissenting is probably what that door would be labeled.  No progress is being made.  In fact, we’re kind of stepping back to the decadence and debauchery of ancient Rome or Greece at the University of San Francisco.  Without a doubt, it’s anything but traditional unless you’re counting lunacy as some sort of tradition.

The tall, dark wooden doors of the St. Ignatius Church are open every day from dusk ’til dawn, yet a relatively small fraction of the USF’s students are seen among the pews. Metal crosses decorate the front walls of many classrooms in the Lone Mountain building, though only a handful can be seen in any of the newer classrooms down the hill. The prevalence of the school’s religious identity appears to have slowly but surely weakened on campus over the years.

The school’s religious identity has slowly but surely weakened?  I don’t think so.  Unless slow and sure means 100 miles per hour in a Midwestern thunderstorm.  That said, most of USF sees things through a myopic lens, so 50 years for them is FOREVER.  Wait until they find out how long eternal life and hell last.  What a wakeup call that’s going to be.  Unfortunately, I’m reasonably sure it’s not considered much there.

A majority of students are mainly attracted to USF because of its liberal and open-minded reputation. While the University is proud of its close connection to the progressive city of San Francisco, it also has a deep Jesuit Catholic identity. At times, it’s hard for some people, students especially, to reconcile these two aspects of USF.

Deep Jesuit identity?  Again, people need look at the history in total.  It’s not just one person’s lifetime.   Does anyone see the “Jesuit Catholic identity” of their founders in the vast majority of today’s Jesuits?  One would have to wonder if these kids actually know the names of Jesuit saints.  There are not two aspects of USF, just the one, liberal, open-minded one, progressive (or the stupid one, as those of us with some knowledge and sanity would say).

As she cautiously sipped her freshly brewed latte in the cafeteria in the University Center, Consuelo Reyes, a sophomore communications major, explained her initial attraction to USF. Reyes said, “[I could] see honesty, progressiveness, sincerity, and integrity rooted in the values that this school had when it came to education.”

How about Catholicism?  Anyone? Not important?  Didn’t think so.

At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, USF President the Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. spoke at the annual faculty and staff meeting. During his talk, he proposed a conversation on the Jesuit university experience. In an email response to questions about his proposal, Fitzgerald wrote, “[I] asked deans and directors to have conversations with their team members about how well we are fulfilling the vision statement that we articulated back in 2008.” He explained that the first round of conversations would discuss USF’s Catholic and Jesuit tradition while the other “four essential features” of this tradition would be part of later conversations.

As director of USF’s University Ministry, Julia Dowd has been involved in these conversations at USF. She said that although Catholicism gets a bad rap in society these days, “It’s important to claim who we actually are because if we don’t, other people get to claim what ‘religious’ looks like.

Ummm… Honey, you don’t get to explain what Catholicism is.  You don’t get to define it.  You don’t get to shape or change it.  It is what it is, and anyone can look to Her teachings to see Her.  What does “religious” look like?  Who the heck cares when the school you attend doesn’t even teach the True Faith?

A year ago, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone sparked conflict with many local Catholics with his decision to require teachers at Catholic high schools to sign a morality clause that depicts sex outside of marriage and same sex relationships as “evil.”

Holy Moses!  Do your homework, dear student reporter!  THIS IS WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES!!!  This isn’t some new and exciting teaching Archbishop Cordileone invented.  HE WAS CITING THE TEACHING OF THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH!  Get it through your thick skulls, liberals.  If you don’t like it, fine.  Just admit that it is so and that you dissent from it.  Stop this whole “Isn’t the Archbishop a great big meanie?!” routine and admit that you HATE the teaching of the Faith you profess.  I mean, a little honesty would be nice.

In opposition to the archbishop’s edict, 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members, including many Catholic educators, former Catholic Charities board members and executives, and the father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Jr., published a full-page open letter in the San Francisco Chronicle that asked Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The signers wrote, “Archbishop Cordileone has fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance.”

Or, as most of us can see, the Archbishop is teaching the exact same thing as Pope Francis.  You know what’s funny?  The non-Catholic flaming liberals point this out on a regular basis.  Sadly, they’re a little more honest than the Catholics. 

Among the signers of the letter was Charles Geschke, whose family name is on USF’s Geschke Center and who served USF’s Board of Trustees for about 18 years.

Via a phone conversation, Geschke who went to a Jesuit high school, a Jesuit university, and taught at a Jesuit college for about five years, said he signed the letter because, “As a lifelong Catholic and very involved in Catholic causes, I didn’t feel he [Cordileone] represented my viewpoints on what it means to be a Christian in a pluralistic world.”

Oh Mr. High and Mighty, heaven forbid the Archbishop doesn’t represent your viewpoints!  Because, you know, that’s oh so important.  The megalomania of these rich, liberal Catholics is staggering.  Pluralistic world?  Does the word “missionaries” mean anything to you?  Again, might be nice if you knew just a bit about the Jesuit missionaries after your Jesuit high school and college tenure.

The archbishop’s action has made it more difficult for some students to associate with Catholicism because of his exclusivity. When asked about the significance of Cordileone’s stance, Reyes said, “It’s important to recognize and respect each individual student’s decision to either engage religiously throughout their academic career or not.”

How about this?  It’s important for the students’ moral souls to teach them just what the Catholic Faith is.  What a thought!  Imagine a Catholic school trying to help people gain heaven!  Nobody is putting a gun to these students’ heads and making them accept Catholicism.  They can accept or reject it, but that doesn’t mean a Catholic school or a Catholic bishop shouldn’t do everything possible to teach authentic Catholicism.  The only threats being made here are to the Archbishop. 

In addition to the archbishop sending a bold and conservative message to the San Francisco Catholic community, last summer Fitzgerald faced a situation which seemed to represent the tension between Catholic principles and his own apparently more liberal views. Fitzgerald attended the San Francisco Pride Parade with others from USF in support of LGBTQ+ members. This happened the same week he removed a tweet an assistant in the university’s communications office sent out under USF’s Twitter account in support of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land. When the tweet was criticized by conservative Catholic groups, Fitzgerald issued a statement that said the tweet did not reflect the views of USF. This caused some confusion and upset among USF students: if even their own president was having trouble expressing to his multi-layered identity, how were they supposed to have an easier time?

Oh, believe me, Fr. Fitzgerald doesn’t have any Catholic principles, so his liberal views aren’t in conflict with anything other than authentic Catholicism and he really doesn’t give a rip about that.  I’m quite sure the only reason for a tweet retraction is that someone with money wasn’t too happy.  Money is the only thing that could possibly stop Fr. Fitzgerald from erasing every last trace of Catholicism.  Might be the only reason crosses still exist on that campus.

“It’s clearly a sensitive and relevant topic, I mean for students for faculty for staff, everyone, for Father Fitzgerald. Right?” said Conor Smith, a USF resident minister. “So I think it’s a great question to be asking like where does the university stand on some of these issues and is the university’s stance necessarily reflective of the student body and the staff and faculty who work here.”

LOL!  It sounds like the liberals a starting to turn on each other.  I’m all for Conor Smith’s proposal.  Let’s hear the answer, Fr. Fitzgerald!  Well?  Come on, let’s just put the cards on the table.  I’m sure young Conor doesn’t understand the careful balance of donor money.  We probably should let Conor in on the fact that money really does make the liberals’ world go ‘round.

The identity formation dilemma for students at USF is nuanced and multifaceted. Attempting to address all parts of a student’s identity and not compromise their progressive ideals (for those who have them) is not an easy task for a Jesuit university to accomplish, though it is critical to acknowledge the multiple layers of students identities — which seems to be the goal of these conversations. The root of the tension for USF lies in balancing students’ identities with modern times, all while maintaining the core Jesuit and Catholic education principles.

Interviews with various members of USF’s community revealed a range of reactions to this tension. Reyes explained her battle with this tension and her concerns about coming across as hypocritical. Although she is currently not practicing Catholicism as she has in the past, she is worried that if she were to return to practicing, her progressive values would conflict with Catholic rules.

Let me just clear this up for you, Ms. Reyes.  Yes, your progressive values would be in conflict with Catholic truths (or doctrines, as those who actually practice the Faith call them.)  Full disclosure: you will also most likely find yourself in conflict with the Catechism, Canon Law, and a lot of disciplines.  Catholicism isn’t for wimps.  We are the Church of martyrs.  Conflict is our middle name, whether it be internal or societal.

Sophomore media studies major Jennifer Kang said she hasn’t experienced any sort of religious pressures at USF. “I never felt like an outsider as a non-religious person,” said Kang, who also observed, “USF is pretty conscious of change and current events and is willing to hold important conversations about it.”

A simple “Gag!” will suffice here.  That’s because USF is about as non-religious as you, Ms. Kang,  unless moral relativism is now considered a religion.

Connor Smith, who worked for a USF volunteer program in the Philippines after he graduated from Boston College, said, ”Working with Jesuits and working and going to school at Jesuit establishments — that is the educational model and framework that includes things that have become really important to me.

Smith took a moment to share his own complexities of having a Catholic identity and being a gay man, since he believes the church’s conservative approach to social issues will carry on. “You work for a university that can’t necessarily ‘come out’ so to speak and support gay issues or any other issues that the church is terrible at addressing,” said Smith. After a moment of reflection, Smith shrugged and sighed, saying, “To keep that identity as both progressive and a Catholic is hard.”

Connor Smith just spelled it out even if he doesn’t know it.  These two “identities” (they are really choices) are completely incompatible.  If they are claiming both, one of them is a lie.

Now let’s look at Coach Azzi’s comments.  Totally intimidating don’t you think?  First she says:

Azzi said of anyone who “has an issue” [with her same-sex attraction lifestyle]: “I don’t want to coach them anyway.”

And then she says:

They first told four players over lunch, and their response — and that of their teammates later — was ‘overwhelmingly supportive.’

Um, yeah.  Coach Azzi, let’s think about this.  Do they have a choice?!?! You just said you didn’t want to coach people who didn’t accept your lifestyle, and then you say that they were overwhelmingly supportive?   You’ve basically said “Get in line or you don’t play here!” No pressure on the players here. How so very “tolerant” you are!

Lastly, there’s this:

The Chronicle quoted one student saying, “Frankly, I don’t see how this can have a negative effect on our program. If someone loses interest in our program because they hear that two of our coaches are married to one another, they are clearly missing the point.”

Who’s missing the point?!?!  You know, the one about the University of San Francisco supposedly being a Catholic school.  Don’t feel bad, anonymous student.  Most people at USF, teacher or student, seem to miss that minor little point.  Grooooooaaaaaannnnnn!

Just one last bonus for you from Fr. Fitzgerald: 

http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4846/USF-President-A-Priest-Congratulates-Staff-on-Same-Sex-Marriage.aspx

Coach Azzi has entered into a civil marriage according to the laws of the land,” Fr. Fitzgerald stated. “We will afford her every benefit and legal protection which she is due. The university is a Catholic Jesuit institution that is purposefully diverse and dedicated to inclusivity.

It’s so wonderful to see Fr. Fitzgerald follow in the tradition of so many of the Jesuits who were martyred rather than to ever follow “law of the land” that was contradictory to the Faith.  Oh, wait.  Maybe not so much.  Honestly, how do the Jesuits like Fr. Fitzgerald and his ilk live with themselves?  I mean, it’s just EMBARRASSING!  Certainly doesn’t sound like the heavy hitting Jesuits who built the order!  Anyone see these saints putting forth the drivel of Fr. Fitzgerald?

And touching our Society, be it known to you that we have made a league – all the Jesuits in the world – cheerfully to carry the cross you shall lay upon us, and never to despair your recovery, while we have a man left to enjoy your Tyburn, or to be racked with your torments or consumed with your prisons. The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God, it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted; so it must be restored. ~Edmund Campion (Restored, USF, not destroyed! I think you’re mixing up some letters.)

To have prevented one single sin is reward enough for the labors and efforts of a whole lifetime. ~Saint Ignatius (It would seem like 97% of the modern Jesuits have gotten this one completely backwards.)

Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians. ~Francis Xavier (Who knew the Jesuit schools of America would resemble Francis Xavier’s missionary territory?!)

Freedom of belief is pernicious, it is nothing but the freedom to be wrong.  ~Robert Bellarmine  (Take that all you moral relativist!)

Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.  ~Peter Canisius  (You modern Jesuit college types have fallen far away from the inventors of Jesuit education!)

So, please USF, how about you spare us all of the “Jesuit Catholic identity”delusions and admit you gave that up a while back?!

USF: Their Latest Shark Jumping Policy

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.

 

 

 

 

Update: USF Still Drunk but Trying to Pass Sobriety Test!

Just a quick update on my July 6 blog post (https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/go-home-usf-youre-drunk/) –

Due to Cardinal Newman Society pressure, USF removed their tweets celebrating the SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision.  That said, they still have not removed this one celebrating the SF Pride Parade: https://twitter.com/usfca/status/614173956107448320

Sadly for them, they will not be able to delete other peoples’ tweets showing the school mascot and some spiffy cards they had made up:

Next time, I will remember two little words: “screen capture”!

Check out Cardinal Newman Society’s article (http://cal-catholic.com/?p=19552)

Go Home, USF. You’re Drunk!

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

https://twitter.com/USF_LTMC/status/614472555290689536

https://twitter.com/usfca/status/614477456548872192

https://twitter.com/dustinasmith/status/615271261610979328

https://twitter.com/sundstr0m/status/615290354170867713

https://twitter.com/MommaKarma/status/615266038993653762
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:

https://www.facebook.com/University.of.San.Francisco/timeline https://www.facebook.com/mccarthycenterusfca

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.