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 SimeonChair, HTMCO
Rev. William Muller, S.J.President, Verbum Dei
Mr. Guy CandidoUS Bank
Mr. Sam CoquillardPacific Global Investment
Rev. Allan Deck, S.J.Loyola Marymount University
Mr. Larry GarciaWells Fargo Home Mortgage
Rev. Greg Goethals, S.J.President, Loyola High School
Mr. Jim HannonFerrazzi Greenlight
Mr. John HeffernanHeffernan & Boortz
Ms. Heidi JohnsonCharity Matters
Mr. Larry MackelMackel Associates
Ms. Michelle McGinnisLos Angeles City Attorney
Mr. Dan MedinaCapital Knowledge
Mr. Jim MccluneArchdiocese of Los Angeles
Rev. Wayne Negrete, S.J SuperiorLoyola Jesuit Community
Mr. Rick SimmonsLR Technologies
Mr. Charlie SmithEquity
Mrs. Patty SmithBob Smith Toyota
Mr. Steve SynottUnited Healthcare
Mr. Rich VanisArcher Norris
Mr. Keith WarlickHamburger Hamlet
Mr. Scott WendelinCredit Suisse Securities

From the LA Archdiocesan website:

Our Team

Department Staff – High Schools

Mr. James McClune
Secondary School Supervisor
(213) 637-7701