The following comes from an April 30 email to Cal Catholic.
Last month you reported on Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles when a pro-abortion politician, Holly Mitchell, was found to be on their school board and even gave a class in social justice and it seems that “the hits just keep on coming” with Russell Simmons speaking to them (noticed by letting the different pictures scroll on the school’s homepage).
Mr. Simmons is a multimillionaire and a supporter of same-sex marriage, – and gay rights. Though the picture [on the school website] doesn’t say what he talked about with the students, his contributions to different organizations obviously is in direct conflict with the teaching of the Church (and could unnecessarily confuse students as to why he was even invited to speak to them) and obviously causes scandal, once again.
Once again, it seem that this Jesuit HS doesn’t take the time to check the views of people they invite to speak with the students. You would also think that, because they have a member on their board who is from the archdiocesan education department (Mr. James McClune, who is a secondary school supervisor, no less) and the bad publicity they may have received last month, that they’d be more careful. Obviously not.
From the school website:
The Advising Board of Verbum Dei
|Mr. Omer Simeon||Chair, HTMCO|
|Rev. William Muller, S.J.||President, Verbum Dei|
|Mr. Guy Candido||US Bank|
|Mr. Sam Coquillard||Pacific Global Investment|
|Rev. Allan Deck, S.J.||Loyola Marymount University|
|Mr. Larry Garcia||Wells Fargo Home Mortgage|
|Rev. Greg Goethals, S.J.||President, Loyola High School|
|Mr. Jim Hannon||Ferrazzi Greenlight|
|Mr. John Heffernan||Heffernan & Boortz|
|Ms. Heidi Johnson||Charity Matters|
|Mr. Larry Mackel||Mackel Associates|
|Ms. Michelle McGinnis||Los Angeles City Attorney|
|Mr. Dan Medina||Capital Knowledge|
|Mr. Jim Mcclune||Archdiocese of Los Angeles|
|Rev. Wayne Negrete, S.J Superior||Loyola Jesuit Community|
|Mr. Rick Simmons||LR Technologies|
|Mr. Charlie Smith||Equity|
|Mrs. Patty Smith||Bob Smith Toyota|
|Mr. Steve Synott||United Healthcare|
|Mr. Rich Vanis||Archer Norris|
|Mr. Keith Warlick||Hamburger Hamlet|
|Mr. Scott Wendelin||Credit Suisse Securities|
From the LA Archdiocesan website:
Department Staff – High Schools
|Mr. James McClune|
Secondary School Supervisor