Monday, June 30, 2008

USF Update

Relating to the previous post, here's what happens when a situation such as the one at St. Joan of Arc is not addressed. You end up with a Father Donal Godfrey, SJ, as Executive Director of University Ministry at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco.

We just came across two of his published homilies. They were given at Most Holy Redeemer Church and are posted on the "Gay Catholic Forum" website: "The Call to Come Out" and "Finding God in the Erotic."

There's nothing surprising about this. Fr. Godfrey is the same priest who said:

“The Catholic Church is not a credible moral voice within the gay community.” --from "Gays and Grays: The story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church" by Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ p153.

Does Father mean he does not consider the Catholic Church a credible moral voice? I don't believe anyone can read much of his work without concluding: he considers the gay community to be "his" community, thus the answer is "yes."

But if he does not consider the Catholic Church to be "a credible moral voice," should he be responsible, as Executive Director of University Ministry, for the 8,500 souls at USF? Should he not in good conscience resign? Of course, there is another possibilty:

"I will not feign academic objectivity: if such a thing really exists. I firmly believe in a new approach and a new vision in this area of ministry. In this I do have an 'agenda.'" ibid, p132.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney


Anonymous said...

How can any faithful Catholic attend or send their child to USF? Where are the alumni? -gravey

Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding me Father. This is a scandal coming from a Catholic priest at USF.

Anonymous said...

What do the priests at USF have to do to get the attention they need? If they haven't crossed the boundary of all decency and morality long ago, where and when will they? Of all the scandal that occurs here in San Francisco, this one cuts the deepest and is the most sad. When can we get some leadership around here that will LEAD?