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Scroll down for a chronology of events that have been held at USF. Please follow the links from each entry for documentation. Some entries link to PDF's. Some entries also include audio/video links.

USF not only promotes the homosexual agenda but also hosts speakers and seminars that actively oppose Church teaching on "non-negotiable" issues:

They have invited Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is pro abortion, pro embryonic stem-cell research, and pro same-sex "marriage"--all issues that the Church teaches are non-negotiable.

They have invited San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (after he had instructed the county clerk of San Francisco to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples) to give a lecture on "Ethics in Local Politics."

They hosted the "Religion and Sexuality: What's the Connection" seminar, whose speakers included the Chaplain of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate and the President of the Clergy Network of Planned Parenthood.

It will be good here to remember the guidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops set forth in "Catholics in Political Life":

"The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."


USF and Most Holy Redeemer Parish share an agenda. MHR was one of the sponsors of the "New Jewish and Christian Approaches to Homosxuality" seminar which was held at USF on Janury 1, 2002. Also, the "Is it Ethical to be Catholic: Queer Perspectives" seminar sponsored by USF, was held at MHR on February 12, 2006.

On August 1, 2007, the University of San Francisco appointed Donal Godfrey, SJ to be Executive Director of University Ministry. Godfrey is a fixture at MHR, and is author of "Gays and Grays: the story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church." Fr. Godfrey's mission seems to be to convince the Catholic Church to accept the homosexual orientation as just another valuable gift from God.

The homosexual activist funding group the "Horizons Foundation" is also involved with USF. From 2002-2008 they have annually funded the "Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project" whose executive director is Madeliene Lim. Lim is also Adjunct Professor of Advanced Media Studies at USF. Horizons also funds the George Choy Memorial/Gay Asian Scholarship at USF.

 

 

Chronology

January 1, 2002

The homosexual activist organization the "Horizons Foundation" funds "Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project" for the years, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, & 2007. Executive Director of "Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project." is Madeliene Lim. Lim is also adjunct Professor of Advanced Media Studies at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco.


April 21, 2002

The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco hosts seminar "New Jewish & Christian Approaches to Homosexuality" Speakers include Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, & Patricia Beattie Jung. Jung is a speaker at the "Call to Action" 2004 National Conference. Co-sponsors include "Dignity/San Francisco" and Most Holy Redeemer Parish.


May 22, 2003

Fr. Stephen A. Privett, SJ, President of the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco gives the 2003 Baccalaureate Homily. Quote: "A student talked about the difficulties he faced in coming to grips with his own homosexual orientation. He feared the rejection of family members and the ridicule of friends. He had to be as he was created to be by a loving God. He came out. It is not easy for him. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness."


January 8, 2004

Fr. Stephen A. Privett, SJ, President of the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco gives the invocation at the inauguration of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. One month later, Newsom directs County Clerk of San Francisco to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Article sub headline: "Fr. Privett bless Newsom Administration. USF President forges close ties with new San Francisco Mayor."


May 2004

The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco honors Leo T. McCarthy at it's May, 2004 commencement. In his long political career, McCarthy was an unwavering 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."


December 12, 2005

The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco honors Episcoplian Bishop William Swing at it's 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..."


January 30, 2006

Aware of upcoming "Is it Ethical to be Catholic: Queer Perspectives" seminar (see next entry) , dismayed San Francisco Catholic sends letter to USF President Fr. Stephen A. Privett expressing concern. Receives letter from subordinate with invitation to attend seminar.


February 12, 2006

The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco's "LBGTQ Caucus" and Lane Center for Social Thought sponsor anti-Catholic seminar "Is it Ethical to be Catholic: Queer Perspectives" at Most Holy Redeemer. Speakers include Theology Professors/Priests. For Audio & video files of the event, go here. For an overview, go here.


March 26, 2006

The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco's "LBGTQ Caucus" and Lane Center for Social Thought sponsor anti-Catholic seminar: "Alienated Catholics: establishing the Groundwork for Dialog" at St. Agnes Church. Speakers include Theology Professors, Priests, to be moderated by President of USF. For audio & video of the event, go here.


September 5, 2006

Mayor Gavin Newsom (of same-sex "marriage" fame) speaks at The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco on "Ethics in Local Politics" at the University's "McLaren Complex."


October 8, 2006

Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director of University Ministry at USF, gives the homily at Most Holy Redeemer Church. The title is "Finding God in the Erotic." The homily may be found online on the "Gay Catholic Forum." (Because "Gay Catholic Forum" has since closed, the homily is found at "Queering the Church).


March 15, 2007

The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco online "USF News" reports that a study by student promoting "birth spacing" (contraception) has been presented to, and adopted by, the Contra Costa County department of public health.


March 19, 2007

From March 19-21, 2007, the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco sponsors "Human Rights Film Festival." Films support abortion, contraceptive use, and same sex "marriage"


April 29, 2007

Most Holy Redeemer celebrates Gay Service broadcast worldwide on "BBC Radio4." The celebrant is Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, now Executive Director of Campus Ministry at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco.


May 19, 2007

Pro-abortion Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gives commencement address at The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. Archbishop Niederauer also accepts award at the commencement.


May 23, 2007

The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco hosts "Religion and Sexuality: What's the Connection" (PDF 1.8MB) seminar. This invitation-only event is sponsored by the "Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing" and includes as speakers the Chaplain of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate and the President of the Clergy Network of Planned Parenthood. Examine the agenda: this is an activist's planning session masquerading as a seminar.

For the "Religious Institute's "Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Abortion as a Moral Decision" go here.


July 22, 2007

Most Holy Redeemer and The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco's "LBGTQ Caucus" and Lane Center for Social Thought continue their association, sponsoring a seminar at MHR "How to Survive as a Thinking Catholic."


August 1, 2007

Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, celebrant of "Gay Service" at Most Holy Redeemer on April 29, 2007, and author of "Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish" is appointed Executive Director of University Ministry at The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. Representative quotations:

"I firmly believe in a new approach and a new vision in this area of ministry. In this I do have an 'agenda.'" -"Gays and Grays "p132.

"The Catholic Church is not a credible moral voice within the gay community."-"Gays and Grays" p153


August 21, 2007

The website of the "Celtic Christian Church" posts pictures of the ordination of Vincent Pizzuto as a Priest in that Church. Pizzuto is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. The Celtic Christian Church is not in Communion with Rome, and accepts the ordination of married men as well as women. Their "Church Statements" page consist of two documents: "Homosexuality and Same-Sex Relationships" and "Supporting Document on the Question of Homosexuality and Same-Sex Relationships."

It will be remembered that Reverend Pizzuto, who is also a Member of USF"s "LGBTQ Caucus" was a particpant in USF's "Alienated Catholics" seminar. From his statement at that time:

"Thus, despite coming up against Magisterial teachings to the contrary, the alienation which homosexual catholics experience is not rooted in that which they believe to be intrinsic to Christian tradition itself, but rather, is associated with an erroneous interpretation of tradition imposed by the teaching authorities of the church. To put it plainly, we simply disagree with the church's interpretation of Scripture and Tradition which we otherwise experience as affirming."

Update: Reverend Pizzuto's continued teaching of Theology and Religious Studies at USF may be in violation of Canon 833, no. 7. Please go here.


August 28, 2007

Lexington Books publishes "Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish" by Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director of Campus Ministry at USF. For excerpts, go here. For a review, go here.


September 30, 2007

The "24th Annual Folsom Street Fair" takes place. S/M Street Fair, notorious even by San Francisco standards. The cover of the 2007 catalog is a blasphemous rendition of Da Vinci's "Last Supper." "Jesus" and "Mary" dildos are sold at fair. Beverage partner for fair is "Golden Gate Guards" who hold their annual anniversary party at MHR. The fair is officially welcomed in a proclamation by (Catholic) Mayor Gavin Newsom. Reminder: as detailed above: Invocation at Mayor Newsom's inaugural was given by President of USF; Mayor has spoken at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep; Mayor has spoken at St. Philip's Church; Mayor has lectured on "Ethics in Local Politics" at USF. "Fr. Privett Blesses Newsom Administration. USF President forges close ties with new San Francisco Mayor."


October 17, 2007

San Francisco Chronicle runs story on Archbishop Niederauer's regrettable October 7 visit to MHR. His Excellency apologizes for giving communion to the two Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the Mass.

Story quotes Fr. Jim Bretzke, SJ, Professor of Moral Theology at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco, who disagrees with the Archbishop: "While I can see Bill O'Reilly and others might be offended, the sisters do not meet the criteria the church has for denying Communion. Over-accessorizing and poor taste in makeup is not an excommunicable offense."


October 20, 2007

USF Faculty Julia Dowd, Associate Director of the Lane Center; Lorrie Ranck, Board Member of the USF GLBTQ Caucus; Vincent Pizzuto, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies & Board Member of the LGBTQ Caucus; & Shirley McGuire, Member of the USF Department of Psychology and President of the LGBTQ Caucus all attend the 2007 "Out There Conference" at dePaul University. They speak about the "Queer Perspectives" and "Alienated Catholics" seminars. This is another example of an activists' planning session, masquerading as an academic meeting. Go here (PDF 1.75MB)


November 15, 2007

Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director of Campus Ministry at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco, speaks at Boston College. His topic is his book "Gays and Grays." The address is sponsored by the Theology Department, The Jesuit Institute, St. Ignatius Parish, and the "Lesbian Gay Faculty Staff Administrators Association at Boston College."


November 29, 2007

Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director of Campus Ministry at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco, addresses the weekly "Lavender Lunch" at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. The event is sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry. From the event listing "Fr. Donal will present case studies of Most Holy Redeemer parish in The Castro and the University of San Francisco. These two very differing institutions are Catholic examples of best practice with regard to the LGBTQ community." Another example of the integrated nature of the homosexual activist network--the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry receives funding from the "Horizons Foundation."


November 30, 2007

Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director of Campus Ministry at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco, speaks at the University on his book "Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish" The talk is sponsored by the Lane center for catholic Studies and Social Thought.


December 6, 2007

The Lane Center of the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco is "delighted to announce that Fr. James Keenan, SJ, moral theologian at Boston College, will be the Lane Center Scholar-in-Residence during the summer of 2008 and deliver a series of public lectures on his current research in the area of HIV/AIDS." On April 28, 2003 Keenan, speaking before the Massachusetts legislature "as a Catholic moral theologian," opposed Massachusetts Bill H. 3190, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman.


February 7, 2008

The Presentation Players of the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco present "The Vagina Monologues" on February 7, 8, 9. According to Catholic World News "The V-Monologues is a sexually explicit show that includes favorable treatment of lesbian relations and the seduction of a young girl."


March 3, 2008

Fr. Donal Godfrey, Executive Director of University Ministry at USF, plugs his book "Gays and Grays" in a publication called Eurekastreet.com/au. The article is titled "Towards a church apology for gay prejudice." Godfrey quotes Patrick Mulcahey, past Vice-President of the Most Holy Redeemer Pastoral Council: "For us, Most Holy Redeemer is the Church we can go and just be Catholic." To see what that means at MHR, go here.


March 5, 2008

Homosexual activist priest Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director of Campus Ministry at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco to speak and preside at Lenten Vespers Service at Most Holy Redeemer. Godfrey is author of "Gays and Grays: the story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish." Quote: "The Catholic Church is not a credible moral voice in the gay community."


March 9, 2008

Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director of University Ministry at USF, gives the homily at Most Holy Redeemer Church. The title is "The Call to Come Out." The homily begins:

"Joshua Gamson, Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco, writes in his book, The Fabulous Sylvester, that by 1975 San Francisco was to gay men and lesbians what Israel was to Jews, only with fewer wars and more parties. San Francisco was where you went to come out and be gay...

Bill Huebsch sees the process by which LGBTQ Christians journey to greater and deeper union with God as similar to Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead:

'Lesbians and gay men will tell you that the truth is this: sexuality is a gift from God and homosexuality is one expression of that gift. That’s the truth that has set so many lesbians and gay men free at last. And in this coming out gay men and lesbians often say that, for the first time, it is now clear how God touches us with eternal truth.'"

The entire homily may be read here.


March 10, 2008

The "Presentation Theater" at USF Hosts "Human Rights Film Night Co-sponsored by the USF Lane Center, Media Studies Department, the LGBTQ Caucus, and University Ministry (Executive Director: Fr. Godfrey).

Featured film is "For the Bible Tells me so." From the announcement:

"Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Karslake's provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible."


March 14, 2008

"Catholic San Francisco" newspaper publishes column by USF President Fr. Sephen Privett, SJ, attempting to defend Fr. James Keenan, USF 2008 Summer Scholar-in Residence from charge he "testified in support of gay mariage." Facts easily found, documented here.

Fr. Privett also chooses to cite, as evidence of USF's commitment to Catholic Education, the "Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought." The Lane Center has:

Sponsored "Queer Perspectives" seminars in 2006;

Sponsored "Alienated Catholics" seminar in 2006;

Hosted the "Religion and Sexuality" seminar, (PDF 1.8MB) featuring guest speakers from Planned Parenthood in 2007;

Co-sposored the screening of "For the Bible Tells Me So" in 2008.

Welcomed Fr. James Keenan (PDF) as "Scholar-in-Residence" in 2008.


April 22, 2008

Sometime not long before this date, a new entry appears on USF's "Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought" events calendar: "Northern California Call to Action Conference April 25-27, 2008, San Jose" with a link to the "Call to Action" Northern California website (no longer online.).

Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, on "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.”


May 12, 2008

Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, a priest of the Celtic Christian Church and Professor of Theology at USF, is a guest speaker on "The Independent Catholic" show on BlogTalkRadio. Father Pizzuto speaks on "Homosexuality and Biblical Interpretation." The full discussion can be heard by going here.

Especially interesting is the segment from 9 minutes in to about 11 minutes, where Fr. Pizzuto states that he was specifically asked by USF to engage in outreach to the "LGBT Community" both in the Church and in the surrounding community. The issues USF wanted addressed included adoption and unspecified "gay rights."

For more on Fr. Pizzuto's ordination, and his questionable teaching role at USF, visit our entry for August 21, 2007, above.


May 16-17, 2008

USF honors openly homosexual Ambassador Mark Dybul with an honorary degree at their 2008 May Commencement ceremonies.

From LifeSite News:

"Dybul is the United States’ Global AIDS Coordinator, a position that carries the rank of ambassador. He has the role of leading the implementation of President Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Dybul was sworn in by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice October 10, while his homosexual “partner”, Jason Claire, held the Bible."
-Lifesite News.com


June 13, 2008

USF's Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought and "Voice of the Faithful" hosts Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, Australia as he speaks on "Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus."

Because of what the Bishops of Australia referred to as "doctrinal difficulties" in his Bishop Robinson's writings, Cardinal Roger Mahoney denied him permisssion to speak in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

In his letter, Cardinal Mahony said he had recently learned of the Australian bishops’ statement about the bishop’s book. He also said he had learned that Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops, has urged Bishop Robinson to cancel his U.S. visit.

Cardinal Mahony requested Bishop Robinson to cancel his visit, citing Canon 763 of Canon Law. The canon pertains to a bishop’s duty to safeguard the teachings of the Church in his diocese.

“Under the provisions of Canon 763, I hereby deny you permission to speak in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,” the cardinal wrote. He also urged Bishop Robinson to cancel his entire speaking tour and to work with the Australian bishops’ conference, saying he would expect him to “follow exactly” their recommendations.

Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco asked Bishop Robinson not to speak in the Archdiocese as well. From the Los Angeles Times:

"I hereby deny you permission to speak in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles," Mahony wrote to Robinson last month, citing a bishop's authority under canon law that was repeated in separate letters from Bishop Tod Brown in Orange County and Archbishop George H. Niederauer in San Francisco."

Bishop Robinson ignored this, and USF, in defiance of Archbishop Niederauer, allowed the on-campus event.


July 18, 2008

Father Donal Godfrey, Excutive Director of University Ministry at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco visits World Youth Day in Australia.

He is attending an "Acceptance" forum. "Acceptance" --"gay, lesbian, bisexual, & transgender Catholics"--is a sort of Australian version of "DignityUSA." The Acceptance folks were not allowed to attend the official World Youth Day events. ABCNews.au reported:

"The organisers of the forum had tried to have the event included in the event's Youth Festival but were told it did not fit within church policies."

Fr. Godfrey was also interviewed on the air.


July 24-28, 2008

California Catholic Daily reports that the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco will host the North American Interfaith Network's "NAINConnect 2008 Conference." Conference attendees include witches (Wiccans) and people from something called the Urantia Fellowship, which teaches that Jesus Christ is one aspect of a being called "Michael of Salvington."

Another workshop presenter is Episcopalian Bishop William Swing. It's not the first time USF has hosted Bishop Swing. They 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..."


September 6, 2008

(The Jesuit) University of San Francisco: USF hosts "Call to Action" front conference? They call it the "Northern California Lay Convocation" but it sounds like a "Call to Action" front.

The organzing person is Lisa Striebing. She's who you register with and pay.

Lisa Striebing is a Call to Action Regional Contact. It's right there on CTA's Chapters & Regional Contacts" webpage:

Northern California Lay Convocation
Lisa Striebing (650) 697 6156 llstax@ix.netcom.com"

Ms. Striebing also gave the opening prayer at Call to Action of Northern California 2008 Conference.

One of the two "Expert Speakers" is Sr. Eloise Rosenblatt. Sister Rosenblatt was also a presenter at the 2005 West Coast Regional Call to Action Conference. Sr. Rosenblatt is also a regular columnist in Catholic San Francisco.

And who's the requesting "client" for the usage of USF space for the conference? None other than the office of the President of the University.

PDF's documenting the above can be found here. (1.6MB)

Back in April 2007, St. Mary's Cathedral hosted the first "Northern California Lay Convocation." It was a Call to Action conference in all but name (a minimum of three members of the steering committee were CTA regional contacts; another member of the steering committee was a presenter at CTA's 2008 West Coast Conference; Sr. Rosenblatt was a featured speaker). The event went on, but maybe they learned a lesson and that's why this year's event is being held at USF.

On November 4, 2006, Cardinal Re had this 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.”

"...to be a member of this Association or to support it, is irreconcilable with a coherent living of the Catholic Faith.”

"Irreconcilabilty with a coherent living of the Catholic faith" is not a problem for USF.


October 18, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Californians were to vote on Proposition 8: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." The Catholic Bishops went all out in support of this. The actvists opposed it. On October 18, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article "S. F. Catholic Church Walks Fine Line on Prop. 8," which interviewed, among others, Fr. Donal Godfrey:

Fr. Godfrey attempted to undercut the position of the California Bishops:

"The bishops must feel pressure to go along," he said. "There aren't that many going around campaigning for (Prop. 8). I think they signed off on (the e-mail) and hoped it ends soon."


October 30, 2008

On October 30, USF's Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought will host a lady named Sylvia Marcos. From the USF webpage:

"Sylvia Marcos: Feminist Theology and the Zapatista Movement: A Report from Chiapas

Thursday, October 30, 2008
12:00 noon
Handlery Dining Room 100, USF Lone Mountain Campus
Co-sponsored with the USF departments of theology and religious studies, Latin American studies and Latina/Chicana studies and the USF Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA).

Internationally recognized professor of religion and sociology, Sylvia Marcos, will discuss Catholic pastoral activism and feminist theology in the woman-centered leadership of the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, México."

Ms. Marcos also happens to be one of the signatories to this document:

"A Faith-Filled Commitment to Development Includes a Commitment to Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health
Religious Reflections on the Millennium Development Goals Prepared for the 2005 World Summit 14-16 September 2005"

The document includes the following paragraph:

"Women must have access to comprehensive reproductive health services and information to prevent unplanned and high-risk pregnancies, which often lead women to abortion, even where abortion is unsafe and illegal. Unsafe abortion is a public health concern and where abortion is illegal governments and health systems should work together to change their country’s abortion laws and make safe abortion legal and accessible to those women who voluntarily choose to have one." (emphasis added).

The signatories of this document are arguing, on the basis of religion, that a woman has the "right" to kill her child. This might be a good time to remind the University of San Francisco of these words, from our United States Catholic Bishops:

"The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions. "


November 4, 2008

On November 4, the people of California vote. They pass Proposition 8 by a 52-48% margin. The Catholic Bishops worked very hard on this issue and encourgaed all Catholics to volunteer, contribute financially.

Twenty-two faculty and staff of USF donated in opposition to Prop 8.

One staff member donated in support of the proposition.


November 7, 2008

On November 7, 2008, three days after the passage of Proposition 8, the USF Law School actually honored those who directly and actively sought the destruction of marriage. This story is from the website of USF"s Law School:

"USF Fundraising Event Honors Work of LGBT Rights Advocates"

Nov. 14, 2008 -- On Nov. 7, the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Fifth Annual Gala Auction and Award Ceremony raised money for students to intern in the public sector, while honoring the work of Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Therese Stewart, San Francisco's chief deputy city attorney. Minter and Stewart successfully argued before the California Supreme Court this year that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

Note the date of the event: November 7, three days after the election. The preparations must have been going on for at least a couple of months--at the very time our Bishops had asked Catholics to volunteer for, contribute financially to, and vote for Proposition 8.

The story continues:

"The evening's highlight was the award ceremony for Minter and Stewart, who Dean Jeffrey Brand and PILF Co-Chairs Jeff Kaloustian 3L and Freeman exalted as people that make a difference."

Photos of the event can be found here.


December 13, 2008

In an article in Catholic San Francisco, Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director of University Ministry at USF, had this comment:

"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."

Emphasis added. In case anyone has forgotten, here is the text of Proposition 8:

"Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

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.


February 22, 2009

Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM hosts a seminar called "Contemplation (and Action) in the 21st Century"

Fr. Rohr has a number of affiliations with homosexual activists.

• On October 8, 2000, Fr. Rohr sent a letter to "Soulforce," commending them for their opposition to Church teaching:

"At last we have a group of dedicated Christians who are willing to use disciplined and Christian means of nonviolent protest against its church's failure to live the Gospel. Christians outside the mainstream did this in the abolitionist movement against slavery, in the civil rights movement against racism, and in the antiwar movement. Eventually, in each case, the church, like Peter running late to the tomb, acknowledged that these were indeed Gospel positions.

SOULFORCE must take the role of John the Beloved, who runs swiftly to the tomb, because that is what love always does. But both of us will find there the Risen Christ who always reigns and transforms human history, but never without our "let it be." Our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered brothers and sisters have been left outside of his realm of grace for far too long. We can do so much better, and we will. I thank SOULFORCE for its courage, dedication, and proclamation of Christian nonviolence in the pursuit of justice and truth.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M."

Just who or what is "Soulforce?" They are a group of homosexual activists committed to changing Church teaching on the homosexuality. And less than a month after Fr. Rohr sent the above letter, Soulforce (teaming up with "Diginity USA") issued this press release attacking Catholic teaching, and publicizing a direct action in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. That press release cited Fr. Rohr's letter of support.

Further, on September 11-13, 2009, Fr. Rohr will be the Facilitator of a "retreat for former male religious and resigned priests who are gay" to be held in Marriotsville, Maryland. The event is listed on the "Gay Catholic Forum," a site which also feature homilies by USF's Executive Director of University Ministry, Fr. Donal Godfrey.)

The retreat is being sponsored by New Ways Ministry. From their "Next Steps: Developing Lesbian/Gay Ministry" action plan:

"This weekend of prayer, presentations, dialogue, and planning is designed to assist those seeking ways to include lesbian/gay people and issues in their home parishes, schools, or other ministerial settings."

Emphasis added.


March 9, 2009

On March 9, 2009, USF’s Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought hosts an event presented by Professor James Nickoloff:

“'Intrinsically Disordered': The Role of the Despised in Establishing the Holiness of the Church. A community conversation exploring gay marriage and Catholic identity in light of Proposition 8. Sponsored with the USF LGBTQ Caucus.”

James Nickoloff is an Emeritus Professor at Holy Cross University and a Bannan Fellow at Santa Clara University. He was in the news this past November when Holy Cross held a “Rainbow Alliance Week.”

The Cardinal Newman Society of Holy Cross covered “Rainbow Alliance Week.” Among other things, the event included a series of panel discussions. According to the Cardinal Newman Society’s website, one of the panels was:

"Tuesday, November 6th: ABiGaLe panel at 7:30 pm in Hogan Suite A. The panel is on homosexuality and the Bible, featuring Prof. Nickoloff who is a former Jesuit, openly homosexual and married to his homosexual partner in Massachusetts…”

The Society’s page also says:

“Prof. James Nickoloff, of the Religious Studies department, is a former Jesuit priest who told a student group in November that he was personally engaged in homosexuality and 'married' in the state of Massachusetts to another man.”

We were unable to find independent confirmation that Nickoloff is same-sex “married” in the state of Massachusetts. But we did learn:

• On May 14, 2004, Nickoloff was signatory to a document by a group of Catholics addressing the court imposition of same-sex marriage on the people of Massachusetts. Although ambiguously worded, given the context the document can only be read as an endorsement of same-sex “marriage.”

• In September, 2006, Nickoloff led a Focus Group (PDF) at the 13th Annual Conference of the National Association of Diocesan Gay and Lesbian Ministries in Brooklyn, NY;

• On April 11, 2007, Nickoloff was a signatory to the “Fortunate Families” letter to the United States Catholic Bishops. To learn about “Fortunate Families” by going here.


March 31, 2009

This week's Catholic San Francisco newspaper included this item in the "Lenten Opportunities" section:

"Following in the Footsteps of St. Paul, A Tuesdays of Lent series at St. Rita Church, 100 Marinda Dr. in Fairfax. Soup supper at 6:15 p.m. precedes 7 p.m. . . . March 31: Pauline Christology in New Testament hymns with Vincent Pizzuto, Ph. D." (Emphasis added)

Reverend Pizzuto is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. Neither his biographical page, nor his CV page on the USF website mention that in 2007 the Reverend Pizzuto was ordained by Bishop Joseph Grenier, an ex-Catholic priest, into the "Celtic Christian Church." (UPDATE: 2010. USF's new website now does mention the Reverend's affiliation.) This was also not mentioned in the notice that was printed in Catholic San Francisco.

That the Reverend Pizzuto was moving away from, or had already moved away from the Catholic Church was indicated in a statement he made at the "Is It Ethical to be Catholic?: Queer Perspectives" seminar held on February 12, 2006 at Most Holy Redeemer Church:

"Similar questions of ethics have also driven faithful Catholics beyond the confines of the Roman church where they might more faithfully live out their catholic faith elsewhere. And I count myself among them." (Emphasis added)

Reverend Pizzuto confirmed his alienation from the Church's teaching on sexuality in another statement he made on March 26, 2006 at the "Alienated Catholics" seminar, hosted at the (Jesuit) St. Agnes Church in San Francisco:

Thus, despite coming up against Magisterial teachings to the contrary, the alienation which homosexual catholics experience is not rooted in that which they believe to be intrinsic to Christian tradition itself, but rather, is associated with an erroneous interpretation of tradition imposed by the teaching authorities of the church. To put it plainly, we simply disagree with the church's interpretation of Scripture and Tradition which we otherwise experience as affirming." (Emphasis added)

On December 2008, Reverend Pizzuto published an essay entitled: "God has made it plain to them: an indictment of Rome's hermeneutic of homophobia."

In the essay, Reverend Pizzuto claims to have identified:

"An identifiable and systemic homophobia pervasive throughout the Roman Catholic hierarchy."

Reverend Pizzuto continues to teach theology at the University of San Francisco.


November 13, 2009

From California Catholic Daily:

"On November 13 the Jesuit University of San Francisco’s School of Law will hold it’s Sixth Annual Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Gala. This year’s honoree will be California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carlos Moreno. Justice Moreno’s major claim to fame, and the reason USF is honoring him, is that he was the sole California justice who voted to overturn the will of the people in the Proposition 8 case."

Every single person honored by the PILF Gala at USF's Law School since its inception in 2004 has been an active supporter of same-sex "marriage."


February 11, 2010

USF "College Players" once again perform "The Vagina Monologues." On Valentines Day.


February 26, 2010

The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco School of Law will host a symposium called “The Future of Same-Sex Marriage.” The bias is indicated by the title, which assumes what remains to be demonstrated--namely, that there is such a thing as “same-sex marriage."

Calling the deck stacked in favor of those supporting same-sex marriage would be an understatement. 10 of the 24 panelists or moderators contributed financially to the “No on Proposition 8” campaign, in amounts ranging from $100 to $5000. There is not a single donor to the “Yes on Proposition 8” campaign either as a panelist or moderator.

Despite this, Hastings Law School Professor Calvin Massey, one of the panelists, injects some sanity into the event, calling the argument that those who supported Proposition 8 were motivated by bias "simply ludicrous".


March 8-11, 2010

USF's College of Arts and Sciences, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, the Sociology Colloquium, the School of Nursing, the Politics Department, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, and curiously, the Theology and Religious Studies Department host the "Global Women's Rights Forum"

Guests include abortion providers and facilitators, including ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Heath) think tank. ANSIRH’s “Later Abortion” Web page says: “This website is dedicated to the memory and spirit of Dr. Tiller and is a resource for women, clinicians, researchers and journalists who want to learn more about later abortion care.” .” The reference is to notorious partial-birth abortionist Dr. George Tiller who was murdered in 2009.


May 21-22, 2010

The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco School holds its spring commencement. Speakers include Mr. Lloyd Dean, President and CEO of Catholic Healthcare West. Mr. Dean was a donor to the Barack Obama campaign, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 28 applauding the passage of Obamacare. Dean addresses the School of Education and Nursing. Another speaker is Mr. Dale Minami, who addresses the School of Law. Mr. Minami is an outspoken and effective advocate for same-sex “marriage.” On December 8, 2007 Minami, Lew and Tamaki sponsored the Holiday Love 2007 Fundraiser in San Francisco. The fundraiser benefited “Asian Pacific Islander Equality” (API Equality), an advocacy group supporting same sex “marriage.” A third speaker is Fr. John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame University. Fr. Jenkins invited pro-abortion President Barack Obama to be Commencement Speaker and receive an honorary degree at his University. Fr. Jenkins’ invitation resulted in a firestorm of opposition—including from his own bishop.


September 15, 2010

Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ is no longer serving as the Executive Director at University Ministry at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. Godfrey's departure comes on the heels of the revelation that his long-time associate Patrick Mulcahey, has, over a number of years, been teaching and moderating workshops on the Master/slave and sado-masochistic lifestyle. (See California Catholic Daily, September 3, 2010).

As recently as August 30, 2010, according to a cached webpage from the ministry's site, Fr. Godfrey was still serving as Executive Director of the Ministry. Sometime between August 30 and September 15, 2010, Fr. Godfrey was replaced by Ms. Julia Dowd, a layperson. Fr. Godfrey will continue to serve as one of the ministry's five "Associate Directors."

Ms. Dowd is an associate director of the University's Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, which has number of entries above.


November 7, 2011

USF Law honors another supporter of same-sex "marriage."

From California Catholic Daily:

"On Friday, Nov. 4, the Public Interest Law Foundation of the Jesuit-run University of San Francisco honored San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang with a Public Interest Excellence Award at its 8th Annual Gala Awards Ceremony. Since its inception, the student-led foundation at USF’s Law School has made a nearly annual practice of bestowing the award on supporters of the homosexual agenda -- and Hwang was no exception."


December 12, 2011

The Reverends Donal Godfrey and Vincent Pizzuto join openly lesbian "Roman Catholic Woman Deacon" Christine Fahrenbach on KALW' radio's "City Vision" show. They show is titled "Far From Rome: Being Gay and Catholic in the Bay Area." The Reverend Pizzuto, who teaches theology and Religious Studies at USF, says:

"...the Bible, as we understand it really does not address current issues… what we need to change is not so much the scriptures, which of course we cannot change, but the interpretation that has been given to them. And that’s going to take a lot of theologically and biblically interpretive work to move us forward.”

California Catholic Daily has more here.


June 30, 2013

On the Sunday following the legalization of same-sex "marriage" in California, Fr. Gregory Bonfiglio, pastor of St. Ignatius Church, the church of the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco, reads letter to parishioners at Mass in support of Seattle's "gay pride" parade.

California Catholic Daily has more.

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