Tuesday, July 15, 2008

USF Update

Notes from the "Gay Rome"*:

California Catholic Daily has an article "Wiccans, Druids, and Catholics" reporting on the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco's hosting the North American Interfaith Network's 2008 Conference.

One of the workshop presenters is Episcopalian Bishop William Swing. It's not the first time USF has hosted Bishop Swing. They also honored him at their December, 2005 commencement.

According to one of his priests, the openly gay Reverend John Kirkely: "Bishop Swing has ordained more gay and lesbian clergy than probably any bishop in the history of Christendom..."

This is unsurprising to anyone familiar with USF Commencement honorees:

In 2004, USF honored the late Leo T. McCarthy at it's May Commencement. In his long political career, McCarthy was a fanatical advocate for the Culture of Death. From "LifeSiteNews": "During Senate candidacy campaigns in 1988 and 1992, McCarthy pledged to write the Roe v. Wade ruling into federal law, supported federal funding for abortions and contraceptives and advocated for the distribution of the abortion pill RU-486."

In 2007, of course, USF chose to honor house speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In 2008, one of their Commencement honorees was openly gay US Global Aids Coordinator Mark Dybul, who took his oath of office with his male lover holding the bible. Go here, scroll to the entry for May 16, 2008.

Why be surprised? It's USF!

The Executive Director of University Ministry is Fr. Donal Godfrey.

The 2008 visiting scholar-in-residence is Fr. James Keenan.

The Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies is Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, who left the Catholic faith to be ordained in the Celtic Catholic Church, which is not in communion with Rome, but does perform same-sex "commitment" ceremonies.

The Adjunct Professor of Media Studies is Madeleine Lim, who is also Executive Director of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project.

We could go on but we don't want to....for a full rundown on USF, go here.

*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 J. Cooney

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