Skip to comments.University of San Diego Faculty Demand Reversal of Theologian's Disinvite
Posted on 11/12/2012 8:36:44 AM PST by marshmallow
More than 100 faculty members at the University of San Diego have presented their president with an ultimatum: Reinstate a canceled visiting fellowship for a British theologian or face potential public questioning of your capability to lead.
The faculty of the Catholic university's College of Arts and Sciences made the move Tuesday in response to president Mary Lyons' cancellation of a fellowship for Tina Beattie, a theologian known for her work in contemporary ethical issues.
Beattie was scheduled to begin a fellowship at the university's Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture on Tuesday. Lyons, who alleges the theologian publicly dissented from church teaching by suggesting Catholics could support civil same-sex marriage, canceled the appointment in an Oct. 27 letter.
In a meeting of their academic assembly Tuesday, the University of San Diego faculty agreed to ask Lyons to reinstate Beattie's appointment immediately or face a possible vote of no confidence in her leadership.
Carlton Floyd, the chair of the assembly's executive committee, said in an interview Wednesday that the move was "exceptionally important."
"The will of the faculty has made it very clear that they consider this matter a matter of extreme importance and a matter that requires our immediate attention," said Floyd, an associate professor of English at the university.
While Floyd said the official count of the vote was not yet available, he said the vote was "overwhelmingly" in favor of the move. Another faculty member present at the meeting put the tally at 117 in favor, two against and three abstaining.
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National Catholic Reporter - a left wing Catholic publication.
Hmmm...I wonder if “insubordination” and “actions usurping authority” is grounds for dismissal at USD?
Respond back that you will FIRE anyone who disagrees
It IS, after all, a CATHOLIC college...
How are Libtards infested so firmly ???
Sounds like the place is a nest of vipers. At this point, it would be a very good idea for the Bishop or Archbishop to intercede and take over the argument in support of the president.
Clarity must be reestablished that this is a Catholic institution, not a secular one, and though they might teach secular subjects, these do not predominate, nor are they even the equal of its theological purpose.
If faculty members do not grasp this idea, then they are teaching in the wrong institution. Likewise, non-Catholic faculty should be encouraged to mind their own business.
Who are these people on the faculty. It sounds like they are against the teachings of the Catholic Church. It sounds most likely this is a subversive group demanding this.
Mary Lyons has got guts! I hope she gets the full support of the bishop and anyone else involved; isn’t University of San Diego a Jesuit institution? This, of course, means it could go either way...there are good Jesuits and then there’s the other kind.
As a former employee and having earned two degrees at self proclaimed ‘The Notre Dame of the West Coast’, I can assure you that USD is as full-tilt left-leaning as any other school on the coast and that many faculty members believe the institution being Catholic is only a minor annoyance to their view of the world.
USD is not Jesuit.
It is a diocesan institution. The founding order was an order of sisters— the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ).
When I went there in the 1980s, it aspired to be the Notre Dame of the west coast. It has since gotten much more competitive on admissions and is very expensive. But it very much values esteem in the eyes of the world, and you can go through alumni magazines and never see any reference to the word Jesus, and seldom any to “Catholic”. It’s all about service and peace and personal heartwarming stories.
I’m sure there are plenty of Catholics there, but maybe not as many on the faculty, and definitely not ones who are humble about Vatican authority. One of their former faculty members became a womyn priest a few years ago, and I ran across another faculty member’s defense of her on a Catholic discussion forum.
Personally, in my freshman year, I got a dose of atheism from my biology and western civ. teachers, although they are long gone, but others were beautifully Catholic and usually their classes were in high demand. Also, the university choir changed from the religious connotation “choir” to the secular connotation “chorus” while I was there, to the great disappointment of the singers. (As a “choir” member, one of the best religious experiences I had ever had was singing/praying a setting of the Gospel of Matthew.)
I am shocked that the president is taking a stand. God bless her. If she keeps this up, I could eventually start supporting the university again.
By the way, there is an ultra-loyal Catholic university in San Diego— John Paul II University. It is tiny and has majors in only business and media or film, I think, but its students obviously didn’t feel they would find a home at the diocesan institution. It’s whole reason for being is spreading the faith. There could not be a starker contrast in mission.
National Catholic Reporter = not good for anything other than wrapping garbage.
If these particular faculty members were serious, they’d offer their resignations in protest.
I attended law school at USD in the `80s. Most of my professors were Jewish. I doubt they’d have much of a dog in this fight - unless it was from a purely secular liberal perspective.