Tuesday, April 22, 2008

USF: Take that, Pope Benedict!

They're shameless. . . remember back on March 14, when the President of USF, Fr. Stephen Privett was attacking George Weigel in "Catholic San Francisco" for arguing that Catholic teaching was "vestigal at best" on some Jesuit campuses? One of the examples Fr. Privett cited was, of all things, the "Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought"

Yeah, quite an example. Look what event the Lane Center chooses to promote on their event calendar. The April 25-27 "Northern California Call to Action" conference. Seems like just yesterday someone said this:

"...I wish to affirm the great value of academic freedom. In virtue of this freedom you are called to search for the truth wherever careful analysis of evidence leads you. Yet it is also the case that any appeal to the principle of academic freedom in order to justify positions that contradict the faith and the teaching of the Church would obstruct or even betray the university's identity and mission; a mission at the heart of the Church's munus docendi and not somehow autonomous or independent of it."

Here's what Cardinal Re had to say about "Call to Action":

"The Vatican has determined that “the activities of ‘Call to Action’ in the course of these years are in contrast with the Catholic Faith due to views and positions held which are unacceptable from a doctrinal and disciplinary standpoint,” Cardinal Re writes. He concludes: “Thus to be a member of this Association or to support it, is irreconcilable with a coherent living of the Catholic Faith.”

*For the origin of the "Gay Rome" tag, go here. It's at about 1:14 into this audio of a USF seminar, sponsored by the Lane Center, and held at (where else?) Most Holy Redeemer.

Posted by Gibbons

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