The following comes from a recent post on the Cardinal Newman Society website.
The University of San Diego, a Catholic institution, recently urged undergraduate students to register for a course called “Using Adolescent and Children’s Literature to Explore LGBTQ Issues” as an approved elective for minors in Education, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies.
Ironically, it turns out that students don’t want the course, and it was cancelled due to lack of enrollment.
The course was identified by Alumni for a Catholic USD, a group of University alumni who organized to oppose last spring’s campus “drag show” and other scandals at USD.
USD’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity has urged students to take the course, which is also offered for graduate students in education:
Looking for an interesting course this fall where you earn units for reading books you’d want to read anyway?
If so, consider taking:
LGBTQ: Using Adolescent and Children’s Literature to Explore LGBTQ Issues
Fall 2012, Mondays, 4 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
Approved elective for minor in Education, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Peace & Justice Studies
This course needs four more students in order to go.
The university’s homosexual student organization PRIDE also advertised the course offering on its Facebook page.
Despite the urging, the course failed to entice enough student interest to make it viable leading to its cancellation, administrators told the Cardinal Newman Society.
The course description was as follows:
This course explores issues related to gender, sexual orientation and the heteronormativity in schools and society. Adolescent and children’s literature, poetry, film, and music relating to identity, majority culture influences, social movements and historical contexts will be used to investigate issues related to sexual orientation. What does it mean to be a gay/lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person? What are the roles and responsibilities of students, classroom teachers, and administrators in creating an atmosphere of acceptance and safety for all students? How can we promote peace and justice within and among groups? These and other questions will be addressed in order to promote knowledge and understanding of micro-cultures.
USD requested that students who are interested in the course should contact Dr. Donna Barnes of the Education Department. Barnes did not respond to a call from The Cardinal Newman Society by the time of publication.
According to her curriculum vitae, Barnes has long been interested in LGBT issues and education. In 2006, she delivered presentations on “The Politics of GLBTQ Books for Elementary, High School, and University Students” to the Council of Teachers of English in Nashville and “Adolescent literature that Includes GLBTQ Characters” to the Gay/Straight Alliance at Rancho Bernardo High School. In 2003, she addressed the American Educational Research Association on “Queering Teacher Education: Addressing Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (GLBTQ) Issues in Teacher Education.” And in 1993, she co-presented “Celebrating Diverse Families: Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Literature for Children and Adolescents” to the Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English.
Charles LiMandri, an attorney and founder of Alumni for a Catholic USD, told the Cardinal Newman Society that this course marks the “unfortunate and tragic progression of the homosexualist agenda” that’s become “firmly entrenched with the administration, faculty and staff” at USD.
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“This course needs four more students in order to go”
To go where?… Hell?
The once Catholic University of San Diego has it backwards. They are supposed to be out searching the city to find 50 righteous students to educate and bring even closer to God. Instead the University of Sodom and Gomorrah is searching out the city to find four more students so they can corrupt the whole class.
Congratulations to the wiser students who rejected this evil seduction.
Correction, dear California Catholic Daily: I think you meant to say that the University of San Diego is an allegedly Catholic university. We all know that it is not in the same league as truly Catholic institutions of higher learning, such as Thomas Aquinas College. Readers would do us all a great service by informing us or perhaps reminding us of Catholic colleges and universities worthy of the name, in addition to Thomas Aquinas College. There are a few . . . sadly, very few, still truly Catholic. Not everyone can get into Thomas Aquinas College, of course . . . and it is always wonderful to read about other truly Catholic colleges, and not just about the likes of Notre Dame, University of San Diego, etc. Those of us who “remember the day” read of the degeneration of these once fine schools and weep.
Do you realize that it is illegal for any university to refuse opportunity for LBGT students? This includes the larger Catholic universities. Whether the school approves of their life choices or not they are required by law to offer opportunity. Last time I checked, not breaking the law was a good thing. They are not forcing students to partake in LBGT activity. They are not condoning LBGT activity. They are simply following the law. As for Thomas Aquinas College, just because their scandals are not quite as well publicized, that does not mean they do not exist. I have heard some accounts of vile things that occur behind closed doors at some of the universities that some of you praise so highly.
Dr. Donna Barnes and Bishop Barnes … wonder if they’re related. They seem to be pushing the same diversity agenda. Bishop Barnes is not even close to retirement age; so, I wonder where he will be transferred when they get around to doing so. Maybe his sudden coming out with the sodomy church movie involvement is his way of signaling the Vatican that he would love a transfer to a sodomy friendly diocese.
Well, the only one I can think of is taken
The question now begs, “What is the sodomy capital of the world?”
gross….sodomy is gross..
The students who do not want to take this class must have passed high school biology, whereas those who are pushing this class did not.
I would also like to know how Dr. Barnes ever became a doctor if she does not know that it takes Part A to fit Part B.
Let me rephrase that, I would like to know how she got a doctorate in anything” without knowing simple biology.
The only jobs that students who take these kind of courses will be able to get are with sick groups like GLBTQ. It is highly doubtful that they will be able to hire many such “students”.
When I was in Aerospace Marketing, Sad Diego was part of my Territory, and I often drove by the Golden Domes and had a good feeling. Now when I drive by, my feeling is total revulsion.
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Kenneth, our youngest daughter went to a community college before entering a university, even though the university had accepted her, in order to avoid these garbage classes that one cannot even apply to ones degree. She took classes that she could apply toward her degree in the community college, then entered the university without wasting her time. Now they are trying to force elementary and high school students to take this junk by incorporating it into the textbooks. Luckily, they do not have enough money at this time in California to change the textbooks, and they wonder why voters vote down money for schools. The reason for many is that we are tired of having our children indoctrinated into believing immorality is okay.
Kenneth, that is what is taking place in the public schools, but it does affect many private schools, too, once they get their foot in the door.
How well I know what you are writing. That is why I still lead the demonstrations at the annual invasion of the heretics commonly called the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Believe me, at 73, I had hoped to be able to retire from that once Gomez came in, sadly that is not the case.
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Anne T, it’s worse than you imagine in Calif grade schools.
This quote: “unfortunate and tragic progression of the homosexualist agenda” that’s become “firmly entrenched with the administration, faculty and staff” at USD.
This makes me so sad. This is my Alma Mater. When I graduated in the 80s the school was still in line with Catholic Teaching. I guess my daughter will not be going to my Alma Mater, which I had always dreamed of her going to. Stuebenville, here we come.
USD is Catholic in name only. It has pro-homosexual faculty members, pro-homosexual classes and homosexual on campus organizations. Why hasn’t Bishop Brom done anything to stop this university from calling itself Catholic? If Bishop Brom cannot or will not even criticize USD, who can?
The word on the street is that USD DOESN’T want the Bishop to do so. USD pleads with him because many donors are unaware of the shenanigans. If ‘Catholicity’ got dropped, it would make news and many shocked donors would take their money and run.
The bigger question is WHY do the few seminarians still go to college there taking theology classes from ‘the opposer’s’ legion?
Why is the Diocese owned St. Francis Center for Spiritual & Priestly Formation still in on the USD campus!??
Well how could the donors be oblivious to these facts? Why are they so trusting? The Bishop can not stay or remain silent, he needs to step up and do his job….no more donations to this dioceses ever from me, for I haven’t given them a cent in years.
Is USD a Catholic University? Does it present a dynamic and orthodox Christian environment where real academic study occurs or are pricey dog and pony shows floated by the students for credit? What future employer would like to see this course on a student’s resume? That campus increasingly seems to function more like a giant psychological experiment gone wrong – offering courses such as this one which should be better titled, “social engineering 101”. And the Board of Trustees is paying this President? Thank goodness the students can see through the charade. I’d rather graduate with credits given from taking water-skiing. USD you have hit an all time low. We are all praying that those responsible for this garbage (from the president on down) get shown the door soon so that the once Christian campus can pull itself out of the gutter and gets back on track. Catholic? Hardly! NO support from this alumni. Too sad to even say I graduated from this place. Pathetic! Complete embarrassment.
As a fellow ‘alum’ I unfortunately need to agree with you 1,000% I’m going to the Point Loma Nazarene Fall Festival with my family instead of USD’s Homecoming!
The Board of Trustees??? There’s the problem! Srs. Hughes & Osiek [RCSJ] are on the Board.
…and that’s your leadership.
I believe they are members of the LCWR a heretical organization that continues, like Nancy Pelosi, to portray itself as Catholic and receives a lot of support from the liberal news media.
I’m sure if we look at the root of it all, there is someone who lacks leadership and they are the ones whom we can blame for this!
Why are many Catholic insititutions so stupid?
Because they do not use the “CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, Second Edition” as a REQUIRED student text for freshman or sophomores.
Students don’t need an entire course regarding homosexuality. Courses are expensive for the students.
For the answer to:
” Is the Catholic Church unfair to homosexuals? What does the Church teach? Why does it oppose gay-marriage? Can homosexuals get to heaven? ”
On the internet go to: ” What Catholics REALLY Believe Source “.
Please pass this site on to all the Catholics you know. Using the CCC and other verifiable Catholic sources, they accurately answer questions of today.
Also read the answer to question # 1 – to help stop heresy, scandal, relativisim and ignorance amongst Catholics in the USA today.
This site provides official links that can help all of us in our postings regarding the Faith.
USD has been trying to offer that class for a decade now – along with a course called Gay and Lesbian Social Movements that was actually offered to students for theology/sociology credit. Instead of taking a course in Catholic theology, USD students could fulfill their theology requirement by taking Gay and Lesbian Social Movements. It was a course that documented the ways in which the gay community ridiculed the Church–replete with the vile video “Stop the Church.” One week the “theology” class invited a speaker from Whiplash – the sex toy store in Hillcrest to demonstrate their battery-powered
products. Some students who took the course wanted to withdraw from the course – I know because I was chair of the sociology department then. Maybe students have finally had enough!
Sorry, but I have to ask. Why did you allow it?
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Yes I have to ask the same question. Why? It is so disgusting!
They should be made to demonstrate the same products only diesel powered instead. That would likely put an end to further demos.
You cannot make up some of this stuff.. How do people come up with these sorts of things?
Sounds like an interesting course that would’ve benefitted any USD student that took it, if given the opportunity.
PJT, I disagree with your comment. Your stated opinion lacks solid argumentation or any effort to justify your position with facts. I realize that it is impossible to find facts to substantiate your opinion, and that there may be other impediments to your ability to write persuasively on this subject; but if you are trying to write impactfully, a feeble attempt or even a failed attempt would be more admirable than making no attempt at all. Just jumping on the bandwagon of the sentiment du jour does not reflect evidence of a solid Catholic education nor warrant the conclusion that one should be swayed by your opinion concerning that which constitutes a good Catholic education.
Maryanne, “I realize that it is impossible to find facts to substantiate your opinion”: This witty sentence makes my day.
PIT, it would be an interesting class for a Catholic college if it were a class that taught the Church’s approved teachings on such subjects, and how and why to avoid such bad behavior. I had a bad experience around the mid 1970s when I found myself in a session on human sexuality at the Cathedral in San Francisco. I chose the class, which was among those for CCD teachers, expecting to hear the Church’s official teaching on the subject of human sexuality but what I got was the complete opposite. The man teaching the class had an “anything goes, everyone has a right to sex” philosophy. I made the mistake of putting down my name and address on the sign-in sheet, and regretted it later when I started to get mailings from Dignity, a
homosexual and lesbian group that does not have the approval of the Vatican. I just dumped the mailings. I would have gone right out the door of my local Catholic Church and would have never returned had it not been for some faithful priests and others who were actually teaching what the Church and the Vatican approved. At that time I had no idea what was going on with all the dissidents, but having had a Biblical background and having read the Baltimore catechism years earlier, I knew something was wrong. Also, there were other faithful Catholics passing around flyers and brochures about the heresies that were being brought into some Catholic Churches. That was a help too. No — such classes on sexuality as the one in the article above should not be part of a Catholic College as I am sure it is similar or worse than the heretical misinformation I got in that class in the 1970s.
PJT, that course if intended for those students who have ears but do not hear and eyes but do not see and mouths that speak lies.
All students in that course should be mandatorily dressed up in the most outlandish full regaylia from the fantasy world of the Castro district.
It seems my alma mater is DESPERATELY trying to be of this world instead of creating light for the world. Then, I look at John Paul the Great Catholic U also in San Diego whose mission is to help nurture tomorrows Catholic Leaders. There is one university dragging the Catholic name in the mud of swine while another is living up to the Magesterium. What about the religious at USD who quietly pretend nothing happens?
When I attended USD 2/3 of the student body professed to be Catholic. Now, with 2,000 more undergrads and it’s only 47% Catholic. 2k up & 20% down.
The strategy appears to purposely NOT recruit Catholics over time. Then, the college can say, Catholics are such a small minority, that it doesn’t make sense to be Catholic anymore.
Meanwhile, as an example, Mt. St. Mary’s University in Maryland, over 70% of the student body is Catholic and they’e been around for 200 years.
Benedictine College has an entering freshman class that is 81% Catholic and they’ve been arond 1858. I’m sure Steubenville can say something similar.
WHEN YOU WANT A CATHOLIC IDENTITY, THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
If we parents parent like the ways some Bishops lead in not taking appropriate action, our kids would be lost.
Why does the SD Diocese Bishop allow this University call itself ‘Catholic’? He has the power to stop the deceit.
Also the Board of Trustees holds much of the blame.