From March 31 to April 2, the University of San Francisco is hosting its 14th Annual “Human Rights Film Festival.” The festival was covered by CalCatholic in the 2007 article “Films Gay, Lesbian, Transsexual, and Murderous: Jesuit University says pro-abortion documentary celebrates ‘the power of the human spirit and intellect to prevail.’”
This year’s festival indicates that not much has changed in nine years—including the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s apparent ‘hands off’ approach to one of the ‘Catholic’ institutions under its jurisdiction. The entries include a series called “Queer Migration: Multiple Borders.” USF’s website lists the films, which are to be screened at USF’s Presentation Theater on April 1:
Corazón de Melon by Zoila Aviles. A queer Mexicana couple journey through online dating and across borders to find their Corazón de Melon.
My Beautiful Resistance by Penny Baldado. From the roots of struggle, My Beautiful Resistance inspires an undocumented, gender non-conforming, queer Filipina to start a cafe.
Coming In America by Aba Taylor. Queer Africans share their personal journey across continents to preserve culture and create community in Coming In America.
The Invitation by Heba Gamal. A young queer Egyptian resists her mother’s pressure to wed a man after she receives The Invitation.
Crossing Barriers: To Re-Gay Ourselves, by Carolina Reyes. Young LGBTQ people of color are Crossing Barriers: To Re-Gay Ourselves as they navigate identity and acceptance.
Casey’s Hope, by Sanjay Chhugani, Viet Hoang, Casey Huynh. For a Chinese-Vietnamese queer refugee, Casey’s Hope is found in starting a family of her own.
De Colores, Our Lives, by Edgardo Antonio Jr, Jovanka Beckles, Nicole Valentino. An Afro-Latina queer couple explores De Colores, Our Lives at the intersection of cultural, sexual, and racial identity.”
A number of the “Queer Migration” films were produced by members of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, whose founder and Executive Director, Madeleine Lim, has served as an Adjunct Professor of Media Studies at USF since 2004. Her USF biographical page lists as accomplishments: the 2005 LGBT Local Hero Award from KQED-TV “in recognition of her leadership of QWOCMAP and her dedicated service to the queer women of color community”, the 2011 Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award from the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and the 2013 State Farm Good Neighbor Award presented by Equality California.
USF’s festival organizers even managed to insert the “Queer” motif into other subjects. The blurb for the film “American Dreamers,” which is about illegal immigrant youth, closes with the statement “They are undocumented and unafraid. And some are UndocuQueer, too.”
In March 2016, CalCatholic ran a number of articles documenting anti-Catholic and homosexualist activism at two of California’s Jesuit Universities, the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University:
Global Women’s Rights Forum returns to University of San Francisco (March 14, 2016)
Radical pro-gay priest to speak at Catholic San Francisco parish (March 16, 2016)
New Santa Clara theology dean opened IgnatianQ Conference (March 28, 2016)
Although CalCatholic’s recent stories focused on California’s Jesuit institutions, the problem affects Jesuit Universities as a whole. Austin Ruse, in a March 30 Breitbart article, reported that the Jesuit institution Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plans to fire one of its professors: “Marquette University has moved to suspend and then fire Professor John McAdams for backing a student who tried to defend man-woman marriage when a leftist teaching assistant shut the student down.”
That a professor is being fired from a university for defending Catholic teaching on natural marriage is not extraordinary, given the current climate of campus restriction and censorship. That a professor is being fired from an ostensibly Catholic University for defending Catholic teaching is more surprising. That the firing is being uncontested by the Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of the Diocese of Milwaukee is unconscionable and inexcusable. It is unconscionable because a member of the Listecki’s flock is suffering for the Catholic faith without any public support from his Father in faith, the bishop. It is inexcusable because supporting McAdam on this issue is a requirement of Archbishop Listecki’s job description; it is he who is the arbiter of truth in the Diocese of Milwaukee-and the authority on the meaning of the word ‘Catholic.”
This article does not mean to single out Archbishop Listecki. He certainly is not responsible for the Catholic Church in San Francisco; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is. Unfortunately, both prelates’ inaction on the issue is more the rule than the exception. When exceptions do occur they are striking: this year, America’s oldest Jesuit University, Georgetown, extended a speaking invitation to Planned Parenthood’s Executive Director, Cecile Richards. The Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Donald Wuerl, had an unambiguous response: Richards’ Georgetown appearance is “incompatible with the values that should prevail on an authentically Catholic university’s campus.”
Georgetown disregarded the Archbishop’s statement. Richards’ speech is going on as scheduled. But now no one can plausibly claim uncertainty about what is and is not Catholic in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.