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Cleric claims Jesuits want to exile him
San Jose Mercury News ^ | Tue, Apr. 23, 2002

Posted on 04/23/2002 4:48:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Edited on 04/13/2004 3:29:18 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

One of the nation's most prominent publishers of Roman Catholic literature has been forced into an obscure chaplain's job in Los Angeles after he criticized the University of San Francisco as too liberal and sought to open his own orthodox college.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: academia; catholic; catholiclist; jesuits

1 posted on 04/23/2002 4:48:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Lady in Blue;Goldenstategirl; ELS;jrherreid;father_elijah;Askel5;patent;patented;nickcarraway...
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2 posted on 04/23/2002 4:52:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
We were just passing this story around the office. Pretty good, but they don't mention that Albert Jonsen has been instructed by the Vatican not to teach philosophy.
3 posted on 04/23/2002 4:57:56 PM PDT by jrherreid
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To: BlessedBeGod;Notwithstanding;patent;BlackElk;HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity;ThomasMore;ex-Texan...
``It is part of the job of a university to allow students to explore a range of issues and ideas...''

Unless their the ideas of the St. Ignatius Institute.

4 posted on 04/23/2002 5:02:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"Congratulations for Campion College! It will be a beautiful enrichment for the vast field of Catholic education. It will provide an excellent formation in the best tradition of Christian humanism. Campion College is truly full of promise."

Christoph Cardinal Schönborn Archbishop of Vienna


5 posted on 04/23/2002 5:10:41 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: nickcarraway
Thanks for this post. We've got to figure out how best to help Father Fessio. Like many on these threads, I'm disgusted at the way today's Jesuits are disfiguring the Catholic Church beyond all recognition.

Once I was proud of being a Jesuit "product." That was then, this is now.

6 posted on 04/23/2002 5:11:21 PM PDT by Hibernius Druid
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To: nickcarraway
I wonder if the Pope will rethink this this week.
7 posted on 04/23/2002 5:12:16 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: BlessedBeGod
Campion College

Ignatius Press


8 posted on 04/23/2002 5:13:55 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: nickcarraway
But he has also been critical of such ``un-Catholic'' actions by the university as hiring an openly gay man as an associate dean and family counselor. And he was upset when, in February, it allowed students to put on a production of the explicit ``The Vagina Monologues,'' a play he considers ``distasteful.''

Clearly this man is insane /sarcasm>. The Catholic Church in America needs a very thorough housecleaning.

9 posted on 04/23/2002 5:16:50 PM PDT by Aquinasfan
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To: Hibernius Druid
We've got to figure out how best to help Father Fessio.

This might be one way. Have you added your name to this petition?

Cardinal Newman Society Petition for Fr. Fession

I wasn't sure whether signing it would help or make things worse for him. Then I looked through the signatures and saw that Dr. Ralph McInerny signed it. I trust his discernment.

10 posted on 04/23/2002 5:18:03 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: goldenstategirl
Here's a bump and a prayer for Fr.Fessio...may he receive a red cap soon !
11 posted on 04/23/2002 5:19:08 PM PDT by Domestic Church
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To: BlessedBeGod
Cardinal Newman Society Petition for Fr. Fession

Gee whiz! Make that Fr. Fessio!

12 posted on 04/23/2002 5:19:11 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: nickcarraway
There has been so much BS shovelled around over the years about the superstitions of academic freedom, that it's enough to make any sensible, open-minded, literate adult puke. Quite obviously, at USF and at too many other institutions of learning, freedom and multicultural diversity are not extended to White Western Christians conservatives (and especially to Catholic conservatives who are male).

Alan Kors of Penn actually has a very excellent article in the current issue of FIRST THINGS which outlines why there is a need for distinctively Catholic institutions of higher learning in the U.S. This is one of the more elegantly argued pieces on the subject I have seen in a while. He certainly seems to like Catholic higher learning a lot more than the president of my alma mater. Or than USF's. It's a disgrace and a shame what has happened to some Catholic and Jesuit institutions during this post-conciliar apocalypse of aggressive neo-gnosticism we have been witnessing. Fortunately, the dissenters are aging and graying. AIDS and strange, obscure forms of cancer will take some no doubt. The devil has given them their 15 minutes in a larger drama. Pathetic.

13 posted on 04/23/2002 5:23:33 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: BlessedBeGod
Yes, I've signed it already. I hope there's more we can do than this petition, which has been out for well over a month. Yes, it's good to see Ralph McInerny as an original signer. He's a very good friend and supporter of Fr. Fessio, as I suspect you know.

Too bad the NDU prof we hear most from these days is "Father" McBrien. Ever wonder why the press isn't going to McInerny? (Rhetorical question, disregard.)

14 posted on 04/23/2002 5:24:49 PM PDT by Hibernius Druid
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To: jrherreid
It's certainly disingenuous to say that Jonsen will not be teaching medical ethics. He will be teaching Aristotle, Plato, and the Bible, and a dissident could do plenty of mischief with those works, which should be at the very foundation of a good Catholic education.

This isn't a new story for Catholics, but it's interesting that the secular press is picking it up.

And, no, the Pope can't do anything about it. He tried once to straighten out the Jesuit order, removing their head and putting a caretaker in his place for a while, but it seems that they didn't want to be straightened out. You can't force a bunch of high-order intellectuals to change their ways, you have to persuade them. The sad result is that the Jesuit order and its universities are going steadily down the tubes. But the Church will survive, and other religious orders and colleges will take their place.

15 posted on 04/23/2002 5:26:43 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: jrherreid; nickcarraway
``They are trying to get me out of the way,'' Fessio said. ``Why else would they exile me? I am highly educated. I'm in the prime of my life. I have so much more to contribute than to minister to the sick.''

This sounds very unlike Fr. Fessio; wasn't he far more obedient and humble in a personal statement? Did a lazy reporter misquote him?

16 posted on 04/23/2002 5:29:30 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox
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To: nickcarraway
I think it's about time to expose all of Catholicism. As a graduate of a Jesuit college on the West Coast, I was appalled to find the pervasiveness of a liberal agenda on campus during a recent visit to my alma mater. They even changed the name of their mascot in order to be more politically correct! The bookstore was filled with liberal crap, even a book by Dennis Miller in the political science department. I left, with my checkbook, upset that I wasted my time and was about to make a financial contribution to something I find abhorant and anti-Catholic. I never thought I'd see weak-wristed Jebbies.
17 posted on 04/23/2002 5:31:48 PM PDT by caisson71
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To: Cicero
"... bunch of high-order intellectuals ..."

Alas, I think the Jebbies haven't merited this title for at least 25 years.

They went through a major dumbing-down. The only intellectuals left are folks like Fr. Fessio and Fr. Cornelius Buckley, both of whom have been exiled to the same old-age home in SoCal. Maybe the rest of the idiots felt threatened.

18 posted on 04/23/2002 5:38:40 PM PDT by livius
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To: Dumb_Ox
This sounds very unlike Fr. Fessio; wasn't he far more obedient and humble in a personal statement? Did a lazy reporter misquote him?

I thought exactly the same thing. I suspect so, or at the very least, paraphrased him in a sure-to-provoke-the-Jesuits manner.

19 posted on 04/23/2002 5:39:56 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: livius
You can add Fr. Mitch Pacwa to the list of intelligent, orthodox Jesuits.
20 posted on 04/23/2002 5:51:05 PM PDT by ELS
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To: BlessedBeGod
Mary Beth Bonacci, speaker, author & syndicated columnist

Anyone else familiar with Mary Beth besides me?

21 posted on 04/23/2002 5:59:18 PM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: Hibernius Druid
Once I was proud of being a Jesuit "product." That was then, this is now.

That was probably when the Jesuits were still a proud and honorable order. Today they in large part just a bunch of liberals. The exceptions are men like Fr. Fessio and his friends who have tried to fight the growing tide of liberalism in the Jesuit order. But many of those middle aged Jesuits will die of AIDS soon as a result of their lifestyles, so maybe there will be a chance to reclaim the order.

22 posted on 04/23/2002 6:10:01 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Anyone else familiar with Mary Beth besides me?

I wasn't sure if that was rhetorical or not, but now that you ask, yes.

She's a terrific spokesman for chastity. And the kids love her!

23 posted on 04/23/2002 6:13:34 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: caisson71
I never thought I'd see weak-wristed Jebbies.

Sigh ... disobedient Jesuits ... ignorant Dominicans ... what next ... miserly Franciscans?
24 posted on 04/23/2002 6:28:08 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko
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25 posted on 04/23/2002 6:28:27 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: caisson71
Speaking about being appalled. A few years ago, there was an outspoken -- lesbian -- Graduation speaker at Mount St. Mary's in West Los Angeles.
26 posted on 04/23/2002 6:32:24 PM PDT by thinktwice
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To: caisson71
I forgot to mention that my checks to the chruch are now going directly to an old friend priest working a mission in Central America.
27 posted on 04/23/2002 6:36:28 PM PDT by thinktwice
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
You're not the only one. I enjoy her work, too. She wrote a column about the USF situation when it originally happened, I'm hoping for more.
28 posted on 04/23/2002 8:14:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
From Mary Beth Bonacci:

A Great (Books) Program Bites the Dust

2001-02-01

The St. Ignatius Institute changed my life. Now it's changing hands. Bad news.

And now, for something completely different. I'd like, for a moment, to discuss university politics.

Specifically, I'd like to discuss the program that changed my life. And I'd like to tell you why its existence is now threatened.

The program is the St. Ignatius Institute (SII) at the University of SanFrancisco (USF). When I first came to the Institute in 1983, I was a 20 yearold "nice Catholic kid" whose idea of living a holy life was avoiding mortal sin and attending Sunday Mass. I had been attending a state school, and itleft me feeling very spiritually hungry. I went to USF looking to fill that hunger.

I found what I was looking for. And so much more. The St. Ignatius Institute was a Catholic Great Books program. Itsfounders had the ingenious idea of taking all of the general educationrequirements of the university, and building them into an integrated,10-credit-hours-a-semester Great Books curriculum. The first semester, we studied the Old Testament, Ancient Greek Literature and Aristotelian logic, reading original texts from the period. As the years went on, we moved through history that way, studying one historical era at a time - examining it through studying its literature, history, philosophy and theology.

And, because the program took the place of our general education units,we had the rest of our course load free to pursue any major offered by the university.

But the Institute was more than an academic program. We lived incommunity, along with other USF students, in the residence halls. We went on retreats. We spent time, outside of class, with the faculty. Many of us attended Mass together every evening. Most important, we formed deep,lasting friendships. Many of my best, most treasured friends today arefriends I met in the St. Ignatius Institute.

The St. Ignatius Institute changed my life in many ways. It taught me to think. It rooted my spiritual life. It gave me the best friends I could ever ask for. But there was another, more concrete impact. In my senioryear, the Institute sponsored a speaker series on chastity. That series absolutely enthralled me, and inspired me to begin speaking on the subjectmyself. But the Institute's role in the genesis of my ministry didn't stop there. John Galten, then the associate director of the Institute, saw myinterest and gave me $100 to buy books on chastity, pointing me toward titleshe knew to be particularly helpful. Those books further sparked my thinkingont he subject, and helped me craft my first talks. If it weren't for thatspeaker series and Mr. Galten's subsequent encouragement, I'd probably be consulting in corporate America today, instead of inspiring kids to livechastity.

And now the threat. Relations between the Institute and the University have been strained for years. USF, like many Catholic schools, is slowly butvery surely slipping into educational and cultural secularism. The Catholic identity of the University is becoming more and more symbolic, less and less tangible. And the presence of a solidly, faithfully Catholic program on that campus seemed to serve as a very uncomfortable reminder of that secular slide. Many seemed to resent the Institute's presence, but the program attracted students - and money - to the university. Recognized nationally and internationally for its academic excellence, the program proved difficultfor University administrators to toy with.

Until now. Enter Stephen Privett, S.J., the new president of the university. After only five months at the helm, he has attacked the St.Ignatius Institute with a very large hatchet. On January 19th, he suddenly-- without warning -- fired Institute director John Galten, who has been withthe program since its inception 25 years ago, along with his associate director John Hamlon. What's more, he did so without consulting the Institue's Advisory Board, or following any established procedures orprotocol for such a drastic move. In a letter to Institute alumni, Fr.Privett assured us that in firing the entire administration, his real intent was to strengthen the program, which he somehow plans to accomplish by replacing two full-time directors with one part-time director, and by "joining" the SII to a little-known Catholic Studies program which has apparently emerged on the campus. The SII faculty, however, see the situation differently. On the day of the firings, six core faculty members-- together representing over 80 years teaching in the Institute -- submitted a letter to the university administration. Noting the administration's attitude of " . . . that liberality which can abide all things butorthodoxy," they made clear their understanding that the university's action" signals clearly that the University administration plans to alter fundamentally the character of the Institute." As a group, they announced their refusal, after the current semester, to teach in the re-modeledInstitute or its surrogates. They see the writing on the wall.

And so a good, strong, thriving program has, for all intents andpurposes, died - the victim of university and ecclesial politics. Its directors are gone. Its core faculty are gone. Whatever the university may say, and whatever future program may bear its name, the St. Ignatius Institute I attended is gone. And it makes me very, very sad. The Institute changed my life, and the lives of hundreds of other young Catholics. Who knows how many more generations this wonderful program could have touched?

We'll never know. But I want to publicly acknowledge the contribution that the St. Ignatius Institute made to my life, and to my ministry. To directors John Galten, Robert Maloney, SJ and Joseph Fessio, SJ; to professors C.M. Buckley, SJ; Dr. Stan Arroyabe; Dr. Erasmo Leiva; Dr. Raymond Dennehy; Mr. John Hamlon and Fr. Tony Mastroeni -- as well as the late Drs. Frank Beech and Theresa Crem; and the late Frs. Francis King, SJ and John Richardson, SJ: You all had a profound impact on my life, and on myministry. You taught me how to think, to question, to seek and to believe. You have, by extension, touched the thousands of lives I have consequentlyreached in my own ministry. The fruits of your work stretch far and wide,through me and through the hundreds of other Institute alumni who are makinga difference in the world. God will surely reward you for that. For more information on the fate of the St. Ignatius Institute, see the Friends of the St. Ignatius Institute web site at http://www.friendsofsii.com.

29 posted on 04/23/2002 8:22:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Bump for a great read!
30 posted on 04/23/2002 8:39:51 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Domestic Church
Here's a bump and a prayer for Fr.Fessio...may he receive a red cap soon !

Amen!

31 posted on 04/23/2002 11:25:59 PM PDT by sfousa
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To: Dumb_Ox
I don't know. I could ask him. I know he said that he gave some "very direct" quotes to the person who was interviewing him, but you never know how it will sound on paper. I've never heard him say something of that tone yet myself.
32 posted on 04/24/2002 9:17:41 AM PDT by jrherreid
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To: nickcarraway
His superiors at the California Province of the Society of Jesus in Los Gatos would not comment -- even to Fessio -- on the reasons for his transfer.

They need to get rid of or change the attitudes of these guys. Too many orders need to be revamped. Some should be just shut down. The Holy Father has his work cut out for him.

33 posted on 04/24/2002 9:22:45 AM PDT by ThomasMore
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To: ThomasMore; nickcarraway; ELS; Catholic_list
I am praying with all my heart that Father Fessio will be the next Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles. I know it is rare for Jesuits to find themselves in that position. But MY! how we need him.
34 posted on 04/30/2002 6:35:17 AM PDT by history_matters
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