The following comes from an October 7 Catholic Education Daily article by Justin Petrisek:
With the start of a new academic year, some theologians are again using their positions as Catholic professors to undermine Church teaching. Recent examples include Vincent Pizzuto of the University of San Francisco (USF) and Gary Macy of Santa Clara University (SCU), both Jesuit institutions.
“Professors at Catholic colleges, especially professors of theology, have a responsibility to uphold Church teaching,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “Students deserve the opportunity to learn the beauty and truth of the Faith without distortion or misrepresentation.”
Pizzuto, associate professor of theology and director of the Catholic Studies program at USF, was recently featured in a Newsweek article that highlighted his reasons for leaving the Catholic faith.
Despite Pizzuto’s reported apostasy and active homosexual relationship, he remains a theology professor at USF, teaches a course on “Homosexuality and the Bible,” is actively researching “LGBT Hermeneutics and Theology,” and offers workshops, retreats and lectures on “gay/lesbian spirituality,” according to his faculty webpage.
Gary Macy, the John Nobili, S.J., professor of theology at SCU, recently spoke at the Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW) conference in Philadelphia, just before Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States. Last year, WOW set a deadline for Pope Francis to reopen discussion of women’s ordination, a matter which the Holy Father said is settled by Saint John Paul II’s apostolic letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.
But Macy reportedly claimed at the women’s ordination conference that the reason there is a lack of evidence of women priests in the early Church is that, “quite frankly, priests just were not that important for the first millennium of Christianity,” according to the heterodox National Catholic Reporter. Instead, Macy reportedly argued, ordination in the early Church was not necessarily tied to liturgy, and ordinary people—including women—could celebrate the Mass for the Church’s first 1,100 years.