On April 16, Father Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., the new president of the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco, spoke to Catholic San Francisco, the newspaper of the archdiocese of San Francisco. Father Fitzgerald repeatedly expressed his willingness to work more closely with the Catholic Church. He told the paper that the committee which selected him “want the university to be recognized as a resource to the Catholic Church and to the archdiocese. In what ways can the university support the archbishop and the chancery?” Father Fitzgerald further said, “For the record I would be happy to say I am seeking ways in which the university’s intellectual resources can be at the service of the archbishop and the archdiocese.”
From May 15-17, USF held their annual commencement exercises. The Cardinal Newman Society, which monitors the faithfulness/faithlessness of Catholic universities reported on two of the ten commencement speakers:
“The University of San Francisco in California announced that it will give an honorary degree to its commencement speaker Norman Mineta, a past U.S. transportation secretary, congressman and cosponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act, which declared that “a state may not restrict the right of a woman to choose to terminate a pregnancy … at any time, if such termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.”
The society further reported:
“The University of San Francisco School of Law in California has announced its plans to honor its commencement speaker The Honorable John Roos, a former U.S. ambassador to Japan and a public supporter of same-sex marriage, with an honorary degree. Roos signed a public letter urging Californians to vote against Proposition 8, the voter referendum that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.”
The Cardinal Newman Society report was incomplete. It neglected to mention the commencement speaker for USF’s Undergraduate Arts and Social Sciences Students: Carlos Menchaca. Menchaca is a member of the New York City Council. On July 24, 2013 Gay City News reported “Menchaca became (USF’s) first out gay student body president. Acknowledging the Catholic Church’s problematic posture toward gay people, he said he profited from his time there learning the values of discipline and social justice the Jesuit tradition instills.” Menchaca is a member of the New York City Council’s LGBT Caucus, and before his election, served as the council’s liason to the “LGBT community.” In that capacity, as reported by the ACT on Principles website in June of 2011, he served as a coordinator of signature gathering for the New York Marriage Equality Campaign.
Menchacha, Mineta, and Roos are joined by San Francisco’s Chief of Police Greg Suhr, who will address the Students in the School of Management. On June 20, 2013 the blog The Petrelis Files reported that on June 28, 2013 Chief Suhr ‘gave away’ the ‘bride’ at a transgender wedding in San Francisco’s City Hall. The ‘bride’ Veronika Fimbres, wrote: “Chief Suhr offered us this blessing: ‘I am very happy for Veronika. She is a lovely lady and her guy is very lucky to have found her. It was a surprise when she asked me to give her away but a pleasure to have the honor of being able to do it. I wish the new couple many happy years together.’ Two days later, on June 30, Fimbres served as a Grand Marshal at the City’s Gay Pride Parade. Chief Suhr has marched in the parade as well.
So …. Catholic colleges should only honor 30% or so of American Catholics who oppose gay marriage?
C & H, a better way of saying it would be that Catholic colleges should only “honor” someone who upholds the Sacrament of Marriage, not to mention all of the other non-negotiable beliefs in the Church! This would be true even if the colleges could find fewer than 5% who do!
I tremble to think what the Catholic martyrs up in heaven think about all of this “tolerant” behavior currently going on among many who smugly call themselves Catholic today?! :(
Maybe they think it is a showing of God’s love. Maybe they weep at your statements, Tracy.
Saints are those who die to uphold the Faith and or live a life of upholding the faith and/or repent of having offended God prior to their death, Anonymous. Not those who live and die in opposition to the revealed truths of Christ and His Church. So why would Saints in heaven rejoice at the misleading action of giving accolades to those who dissent from the Church? Love is not the indulgence or encouragement of error – even in appearance.
A house divided does not stand, Anonymous.
Tracy’s statement speaks to the martyrs of the church. Your comment to her is an ad hominem against her pertaining to her statement. Shame!!!
Anon, nice try…but no. Truth is truth. God hates lies. Satan is the prince of lies. Those who speak lies that lead others to sin …are in what camp do you think?
Catholic school should be Catholic… Follow the teaching of the Church
Yep! The Church and all Her schools who are faithful to Her, will oppose so-called gay marriage–forever.
There is nothing to oppose.
There IS no “GAY” marriage.
There are gay people, gay galas, gay parades, gay sons, gay daughters, gay moms, gay dads, gay gays; but marriage, by definition, has not, and never will be “same-sex.”
? Gay marriage is legal in 16 countries and 19 states in the US. Those numbers are increasing steadily and gaining momentum.
So marriage, by legal definition, has, does and will exist to a greater degree in the foreseeable future.
As a cause, it’s one with an aim of civil and legal recognition, so the legal definition is the only one that matters.
“As a cause, it’s one with an aim of civil and legal recognition, so the legal definition is the only one that matters.” Only in the minds of the deluded.
USF is a fake “Catholic” university.
Good grief, does every story have to be about sodomites? Yes, we all know they’re only 2% of the population and 33% of all child sex abusers, but there’s got to be a story out there that’s not about them.
I think it was Austen Ruse on M.Voris’s show the other night that said “breaking news! A homosexual got out of bed today and it wasn’t covered by the press! ” I’m paraphrasing . It’s news these days when some Catholic school or bishop actually defends Church teaching
Oh I don’t think Chief Shur is a what you call a “sodomite.” I understand he’s a happily married hetrosexual man.
Many politicians identify themselves as Catholic or heterosexual….. but many of these political professionals support all that is not Catholic. “Happily married?” Questionable.
Just as the driver sitting in the getaway car during a bank robbery is a bank robber despite not having entered the bank, those who devote their lives to advancing abortion and sodomy are abortionists and sodomites.
It’s called obsession. And I don’t mean the cologne.
the state of being obsessed with someone or something.
“she cared for him with a devotion bordering on obsession”
an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.
plural noun: obsessions
“he was in the grip of an obsession he was powerless to resist”
synonyms: fixation, ruling/consuming passion, passion, mania, idée fixe, compulsion, preoccupation, infatuation, addiction, fetish, craze, hobbyhorse;
USF – since it advertises itself as a “Catholic” University can start with two things:
1) Adhering to APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION of the SUPREME PONTIFF
JOHN PAUL II on CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES ;
2) Requiring that one of the student texts for all freshmen and sophomores MUST be the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition” – for Catholics and non-Catholics so they may accurately know the truth of our Faith.
“….the CATECHISM has raised throughout the world, even among non-Christians, and confirms its purpose of being presented as a full, complete exposition of Catholic doctrine, enabling everyone to know what the Church professes, celebrates, lives, and prays in her daily life.” – Pope John Paul II (CCC pg xiv)
This would not be lip service, but action that would greatly assist the Archbishop in spreading the Gospel.
This must be done by ALL Catholic Colleges and Universities.
We must demand it, or report it to the appropriate Diocese
Bishop and the Vatican,
By our doing NOTHING constructive, we give consent.
Parents and future college students – save the link provided by Maddie.
Do not consider any college or University that calls itself “Catholic” – if it does not adhere to the Apostolic Constitution on Universities in entirety, and if it does not use the CCC as one of their required texts.
Have your juniors and seniors in High School read the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition” ?
Have they read a Catholic Bible ?
Have the contents been discussed on a regular basis at dinner?
Education begins at home. All Parents will be judged on how they pass on the Faith to their own children first.
Suhr is/was a member of St. Dunstan Church in Millbrae.
Why is it shocking? . Most American Catholics support marriage equality.
God never created such a thing as “marriage equality!” Christian Marriage is a holy Sacrament of our Church! And it is a great responsibility! The practice of sex perversions are a mortal sin, and a sign of great moral weakness and disease. Yes, people who practice sex perversions need compassion– but also, they need proper help and guidance– and self- discipline!
The marriages we are talking about are not Christian sacramental Marriages. They are secular, civil marriages. I don’t think the Jews or the athiests who enter into these marriages particularly think it’s a sacrament or a Christian thing.
The “Jews” (just of Jewish descent) who go against their own Torah are not true religions Jews either, just secular or pagan, and I am not talking about going back to stoning either, so don’t bring that one up. Most lesbian or pagan Jews I hear about use names such a Lilith or Jezebel frequently, and look up to those women, instead of such women as Rebecah or Rachel, who would have been horrified about such goings on.
Correction to the second line in my last post: “are not true religious Jews”.
Anne .. Where did you get the strange idea about Jewish lesbians names? I know a lot of Jewish lesbians and none of them are named Jezebel. Since our parents give us our names at birth, how would the foresee that baby was a lesbian and give her a “lesbian name” Also… I hope you’re not saying that non-Orthodox Jews aren’t Jews. May I suggest you consider attending services or educational programs at a local synagauge. You’d get you information from the original source and I think you’d find it interesting.
C&H, many radical feminists of Jewish, Christian or other descent quite often use the names for magazines and radical feminists organizations. C & H, I HAVE attended a Bar Mitzvah of a friend’s brother in the past in a synagogue and took a class called American Judaism by a Conservative or Orthodox Jewish man and have read books by Conservative or Orthodox Jews and Rabbis. I get into the on line Jewish Encyclopedia and the Jewish World Review websites, I know what real Judaism teaches. You do not fool me at all..
I used to get on the Jews for Life website, a pro life Jewish group, quite often too. I never blogged there, but I read some of their good articles.
Anne T. What? What? Have you ever even been to a Jewish wedding? have you ever been to a nonreligious wedding? Like ever? At all? Do you understand the concept of a “marriage license”? Like, at all?
Dearest Ann Teee.
Just because you went to a Bar and were Ordered (mitzvah) to drink, does not then allow you permission to drunkenly opine upon Jews or Judaism. Just sayin.
Your dear sweet jewishish nephew.
I do not care what you think. It matters not to me.
The Church, with Christ as its Blessed Leader, isn’t interested in the opinions of the masses. It is interested in the truth.
The Truth is that your opinion, or my opinion, is irrelevant.
Homosexual acts are intrinsically EVIL…
Whoever or whatever you are.
And in answer to you who call yourself YFC, no, I do not go to secular weddings, nor do I go to second religious weddings if the person has not gotten an annulment from his/her church, or if they are of another denomination, permission from their denomination, even if they are family members, I would go to a Jewish wedding if it were two Jewish people getting married, or a Jewish person to a Christian who has gotten permission from his/her Church or denomination to have a joint celebration. I follow the rules of the Catholic Church on religious weddings as the Church hierarchy respects and upholds the marriages (always heterosexual) of other churches and religions, and I am to do so too if I want my marriage respected. “It is a simple do until others as you would have them do unto you” as far as I am concerned.
I need to clarify something about going to a Jewish wedding. If one of the persons involved in the marriage were divorced, I would have to talk it over with a faithful Catholic priest, and make sure that the divorced person was not the fault of the marital break up. Otherwise, I would politely excuse myself because I never want to get involved in the break up of anyone’s marriage.
Another example of a Jesuit school—not a Catholic school. Definitely not a place for young people. Abp Cordileone ought to publicly admonish USF and give them 6 months to clean up their program or declare them to be non-Catholic.
Exactly! Well said Richard.
And the ‘beat goes on’…………..
My Uncle and Great Uncle who were police in the City MUST BE rolling around in their graves and my Grandfather an early graduate of USF must be doing the same!!!
Will this heresy ever end??????
The Catholic Church has a great responsibility to state clearly, to all the world– who is Catholic, who are Christ’s true followers– and who are definitely NOT!! It is terribly misleading, to have the name “Catholic” attached to USF, as well as to many other institutions, labelled falsely as “Catholic!” The Church must excommunicate these false wolves in sheep’s clothing! They destroy the Church, and all of Christian civilization!
Bishops must publically address public SCANDAL by all those in authority to state they care Catholic,
including enforcing Canon 915 for all those who are obstinate in their mortal sin.
This will go a long way toward stopping heresy, schism, and relativism within the Church.
It will bring forth true UNITY within the Church.
Example speaks louder than words.
It is not clear to me why some Bishops ignore the mortal sin of Scandal, and therefore do not correct/teach as needed.
CCC: SCANDAL – # 2284, 2285, 2286, 2287, 2326.
“juergensen”: Stories about sodomites are everywhere because sodomites demand the country’s attention in all respects. They are very busy about destroying America’s religious, familial, work, and leisure institutions, and spend their time and treasure doing so. It is a normal outcome of having a homosexual sexual person become the first of this or that, that the new right or position then becomes nothing more than a platform to have endless examples of homosexual sexual life, experiences, rights, more demands, blah, blah, blah. This is good reason No. 2 why the BSA must continue to refuse homosexual sexual scout leaders. (You could substitute “teacher” or “priest” or other profession where children are involuntarily provided.) It is likely the USF homosexual sexual speakers focused, in substantial part, on their lifestyle experiences, and that awful “homophobia”. The university has become another Catholic vessel of the Devil, like SunTrust Bank in Financial-Land, a growing favorite battleground (and, as to the latter, just ask the Benham Brothers).
Dana – the East Bay ‘news’ media (formerly the Singleton Propaganda Syndicate, now Digital First Media & outlets like the ‘Trying Times’)- makes it a point to Censor the Un-Good News (like the Racist Toddler Rape-Porn Ring run out of the ‘in-human-rights’ commission in Frisco by Larry Brinkin and Pals) – and Trash the Catholic Church whenever possible.
Stories about Catholic Abuse are a staple of the bought and paid for ‘free press’ – but when you combine the coverage about a rich basketball team owner who made ‘off color’ remarks and was secretly recorded by one of his mistresses (actually illegal to do – you cannot Secretly record such conversation) – with the lamesteam media’s perpetual adoration for Catholic Bashing…
And Compare this heavily repeated focus with their complete blanket of Censorship of the entire Larry Brinkin story (even after he Pled Guilty) – Well, there is Nothing to Compare, as the Censorship of the Brinkin Ring is Absolute, as befits our media ‘watchdogs’ ideal of tolerance – for their own kind only.
Blessed Bartolo Longo, you who were a Satanist and converted to the Lord of Life, Jesus Christ, and His Church, please pray for the conversion of the people of San Francisco, so that that great city does not suffer the fate of ancient Pompeii. Holy Virgin Mary, mother of God the Son, please help crush and ask your Son to crush the head of the serpent that is destroying those involved in any of this decadence. Pray for their conversion.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil,. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
It is sad that the LGBT community has ruined one of the happier words in the english language in proudly describing themselves. If one were to time-warp back into the early 20th Century, looking from the old movies, songs, and books of that era, anyone who was gay was simply happy, not a homosexual. One way to stop this attack on such a nice word is to stop using it as the homosexuals do and start using its original meaning. So not considering the horrible economic climate, over regulation, unemployment, inflating, loss of freedoms, and hatred calling spoken from LGBT and racist groups, I want everyone to know that I am gay, NO I AM NOT a homosexual, I am happy. Happy (gay) because I love God and know that as long as I am sorry for my sins, try to amend my life to commit them no more, and want to live my life to make God happy everyday by putting Him first, then I AM A GAY HETEROSEXUAL, NOT bisexual but heterosexual and that God loves me!
Just to keep God in the forefront of every reader’s mind, He has through St. Paul truly let us know how distraught and angry He is with homosexual behavior. Simply go to the most accurate english translation of the Roman Catholic Holy Bible, the Douay-Rheims version, St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans Chapter 1, versus 26 through 32 if my memory serves me correctly. Signed a gay (happy) devout heterosexual.
If we take their arguments to a logical conclusion (sophistry, I know), they should not eat vegetables either, because that takes food away from the animals. Besides, vegetables have feelings too. Better that they just stop eating the things of this earth and pray for God to provide?