The following comes from an October 15 story in the Oakland diocese paper, the Catholic Voice.
More than four decades after moving to Berkeley to join the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of religious schools, the Franciscan School of Theology will be returning to its roots in Southern California.
FST will form an affiliation with the University of San Diego — an arrangement both schools describe as mutually beneficial — and relocate to the grounds of Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. The mission, run by the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, is about 35 miles north of the USD campus….
The GTU is an interreligious graduate school consortium of until now nine schools and about a dozen multifaith centers, the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States offering advanced degrees in theology and religious studies.
The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University are the remaining Catholic institutions….
Despite having the distinction of being the only freestanding Franciscan graduate-level school of theology in the English-speaking world, FST, like other theological programs has had its share of challenges because of the economy and other factors. “Theological schools everywhere have been on the decline,” Father Chinnici said, citing among other things the increasing costs of technology.
Size also matters. “We are a small school,” Father Chinnici said of the 4,400 students enrolled at FST. The University of San Diego, chartered in 1949, enrolls approximately 8,300 undergraduate and graduate full-time equivalency students.
USD also has a good background in nonprofit management and peace and justice work, the priest added. “The university is known for its service to community in San Diego….”
While the theology school is moving the Franciscan friars who serve in the Oakland Diocese are not. The friars and the Oakland Diocese have had a long and amiable relationship that goes back to founding bishop, Floyd L. Begin, noted Father Chinnici.
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“the Franciscan School of Theology will be returning to its roots in Southern California”: Too bad it is not returning to its roots in Christ.
I agree JLS, I really hate this idea that they are joining with USD. That tells me a lot on who they are and makes me very uncomfortable…I refuse to donate any money to our diocese until they become holy and return to loyalty in Christ to His Catholic Church!
There might be 44 students at FST; there are certainly not 4,400!
Dave, that’s right. Well, maybe 400… certainly no where near 4,400. Maybe Fr. Chinnici was being funny when he picked the number for the remnant. ;)
“From the frying pan into the fire”?
The furtherest away from USD this Franciscan school is, the better!
USD has not been Catholic for some time now. I only hope and pray that this Franciscan school is Catholic, but their desire to associate with USD is not a good sign.
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Definitely agree with you Mr. Fisher…definitely not a good indication that it will be a good thing. YIKES….we need to shut them all down, all the cancer that is hurting our faith and misleading priests!
And, with whom would you replace them?
Bob One take a big guess. Don’t fret Bob One, we can only hope for the right thing that honors Christ but if you haven’t noticed this world doesn’t belong to us…
I wonder whether a nice face is being put on a withdrawal from the GTU for ideological reasons. With such irreconcilable and grave differences between Catholic doctrine and the beliefs of the other “Christian” schools of the GTU who have abandoned the apostolic faith on such issues as abortion, homosexual acts, marriage, ordination, and even the unique salvific role of Christ… how can any school of Catholic theology possibly justify remaining in a theological union that is apostate? It’s not the 1960s or 70s anymore; ecumenism is, for all practical purposes, dead and impossible with the Protestant ecclesial communities.
Of the three Catholic schools that are part of the GTU, FST is definitely the most liberal.
Sawywer, The move is certainly not on theological grounds. FST abandoned the Catholic Faith some time ago. The Jesuits are even worse. The only order holding its own at GTU are the Dominicans. I would guess the reasons are economic and a lack of relevancy. The cost of operating in Berkeley is very expensive; numbers of students are down and the tuition cost is out the roof. Moreover, why would any faithful Catholic attend a graduate school where the burning of the Pope in effigy is cheered and the Catechism of the Catholic Church is verboten?
FST (the Franciscan School) at least is moving away from the completely failed attempt sparked by the “spirit of Vatican II aggiornamento” to be relevant and urban and “dialogue” with Harvey Cox’s Secular City (=the bizarro place we call Berkeley). A once-proud and quite historic institution (originally at the Santa Barbara Mission), maybe FST will return to its Bonaventuran roots of “contemplating the traces of God in the sensible world” (S.Bonaventure: The Journey of the Mind toward God) at San Luis Rey Mission. It is only a matter of time until the Dominicans pull out, and the Jesuit School (which isnt Catholic anyway and already is primarily affiliated with Santa Clara University for accreditation and support purposes) declares the last 45 years a total loss. For one thing, these 3 schools are all enormous money losers and drains on the depleted resources of the three orders involved (for which these orders only have themselves to blame). For another reason: Do we need any more confused theological publications, such as those of the late William Spohn (“What are They Saying About Scripture and Ethics?”) or, renowned lefty Tom Reese SJ, a one-time JSTB professor who did his level best to try to keep Ratzinger from becoming pope and instead backed the late heterodox Carlo Martini instead, or that they never ceased to welcome the late anti-magisterial Bishops Bumbleton and Untesour (my spelling) to their locations for talks and addresses. No: these schools and their disintegration are another sad, receding echo of the disastrous episode in Catholic Church history known as “the post-Vatican II era”. Maybe FST can emerge from the ashes as a Catholic school. We hope.
Mary E. Lyons President of the University of San Diego since 2003 was once the Academic Dean and Professor of Rhetoric and Homiletics at the Franciscan School of Theology.
I was once over at San Luis Rey parish, picked up a magazine and was stunned by what was apparently a Franciscan publication.
The intro editors note was an endorsement of LWCR and I did not need to see more. Franciscans with their brown robes are not necessarily what they seem to be.
These ones at San Luis Rey are real Wolfs in real sheep clothing
So after four decades they’re going to drag themselves away from their beloved Berkeley. Gee ain’t we sorry!!!
GO, JESUITS! :)
from the vatican news site:
2012-10-21 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Father Brian Edward Daley, S.J., of Notre Dame University is one of this year’s recipients of the Ratzinger Prize in Theology, for his work in the field of patristics, the study of the early Church Fathers.