We just received our December 12 issue of "Catholic San Francisco" the weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. They covered the insulting behavior of Mayor Gavin Newsom at the recent prayer breakfast. There was little new in the story except this quote from Fr. Donal Godfrey, Executive Director of University at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco.
"Jesuit Father Donal Godfrey, executive director of University Ministry at the University of San Francisco, said that while he 'personally opposed Prop 8 which is a matter of conscience,' he 'did not feel that this was the right occasion for a speech such as this.'"
Here we have the Executive Director of University Ministry at USF, charged with the spiritual welfare of Catholic students on a Catholic campus, defending "as a matter of conscience" (whatever that means) dissenting from the teaching of the entire Magisterium of the Church on what the Holy Father has called a non-negotiable issue.
I'd call this incredible, except it is business as usual at USF. To get a good feeling from where Fr. Godfrey is coming from, listen to this radio interview he gave to ABC Radio Australia during "World Youth Day" earlier this year.
Yesterday, after they were caught pushing a health plan on students that MANDATED abortion coverage, USF's PR Department said:
"We regret this mistake, and we take full responsibility for not adequately reviewing the contract. We are grateful to those who brought this issue to our attention."
Like hell they are. I don't think that was any more of an accident than the continued employment of Fr. Godfrey is an accident.Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney.