Monday, December 20, 2010

Xavier University (Cincinnatti)....What the Archdiocese of Cincinnatti Allows to Happen.

We will start out this portion on "Catholic In Name Only" (CINO) schools by bringing to the forefront another Jesuit school in the "Jesuit" Tradition.  I wonder what there is about this place that could be called truly Catholic?

We will start with the Women's Center.  The Women's Center Film Collection has in it's library films that are questionable in a Catholic Environment.  One such film is called "Sexuality and Social Justice".  Here is a synopsis from the Center for the review of the film.  Remember this is a "Catholic College". Please pay close attention to who they are extolling in this review.  Understand that they are Promoting this film.

“Sexuality and Social Justice” is a comprehensive look at women’s efforts to shape their own destinies and establish a system of justice not only for themselves, but for all Americans. The issues touched upon range from the valiant Margaret Sanger’s crusade to provide all women a means of birth control to the Women’s Liberation Movement.  Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, Grace Slick, Shere Hite, Barbara Boxer and Joan Baez are among the contributors offering their insight in this definitive program about women and their role in shaping America. (95 mins.)
 As we see listed above, they review the film calling the crusading Eugenicist Margaret Sanger, "valiant".  Since when is a proponent of Abortion and Population Selection "valiant"?  Look at the list of the rest of the women profiled.  Everyone of them in favor of Killing the Unborn.  Great School, huh?

Then we have that ever catchy word "Diversity".  This poor word seems to be the brunt of everything from candy to GLBT groups.  Here is a film they think might be " an invaluable tool for all educators interested in introducing students to issues of representation and diversity in the media."

Off the Straight & Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals & Television
How are we to make sense of the transformation in gay representation-- from virtual invisibility before 1970 to the "gay chic" of today? Off the Straight & Narrow is the first in-depth documentary to cast a critical eye over the growth of gay images on TV. Leading media scholars provide the historical and cultural context for exploring the social implications of these new representations. Off the Straight & Narrow challenges viewers to consider the value and limits of available gay images: who is represented, what they get to say, and how people respond to them. The video is an invaluable tool for all educators interested in introducing students to issues of representation and diversity in the media. 

Here we are again.  A Catholic School....I'm sorry...a CINO school Advocating the GLBT lifestyle against Catholic Teaching.
How about we look at the University Sanctioned Xavier Alliance?  This is a GLBTQ "ADVOCACY" group that is conducting active programs including 'coming out' week and the Cincinnati Youth Summit, some of the sponsors include GLSEN, PFLAG, and even Jewish Family Service (Cincinnati).


This is only one area within the University.

Let's have a look at the Internship programs that are offered by this "Catholic" school.  One such organization they send their students to is a group called "National Human Services Assembly".  This organization lists as some of it's affiliates 'Girls, Inc.'...an advocate and proponent of Abortion for girls.  This group deals with girls as young as 5 and six years old.  Here we have a "Catholic" school sending it students into an environment that encourages Abortion.  GLSEN is also a group affiliated with this organization.  I guess they don't care at Xavier about the souls of the students they teach.  But why should they?  After all, Jesuits don't teach "Catholic" theology, they teach Jesuit theology...totally different animal.  A former student of Loyola in New Orleans lists the teaching as: Professors will stress a "commitment to serving others," "social justice," and "educating the whole person," which are all Jesuit ideals. Going to a Jesuit school is more defined by the style in which you are educated rather than a commitment to any religious principles." Catholic, huh?  It seems to be a pattern in Jesuit Institutions to skirt the Catholic and teach the "Jesuit".  They are NOT the same as the statement said.

Of course the Womens and Gender studies group has a complete course on GLBTQ studies in the Social Work area.  Remembering that this is a so-called "Catholic" school, you might expect to find some reference to religion in the area of Social work.  Two courses are offered that mention the word "Religion".  The total amount of courses offered in this Social work area, not including the Core courses required by the University, are 47.  Only TWO that have anything to do with religion, and not one of them specifies Catholicism.  Not ONE.  These courses are listed in their catalog and give the required prerequisites and course of study in order to take them.  Oh yeah...one entire course dedicated to the study of LGBT lifestyle.  Here is the Course title and description.
SOCW 338 - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer StudiesThis course is designed to provide students with a foundation for understanding sexual identity in contemporary U.S. society and to introduce students to the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies. The course is organized around three general themes: identity development and the politics of identity; the historical legacy of LGBT movements; and contemporary political, legal, and social issues facing LGBTQ communities. Students will address key concepts and debates about sexuality through the lens of various disciplines, including sociology, history, literature, psychology, economics, and cultural studies. 



Of course, the residence halls are Co-Ed by wing or in the case of the apartment complexes, Co-Ed by apartment.  I guess it's OK to have a co-ed dorm...makes the "hook-up" that much easier, especially in the apartments.

Xavier has a very high rating as far as secular colleges go.  It would make a very good copy of Ohio State or Ohio University.  Both are outstanding State Schools.  Maybe the Archbishop should look into giving OSU or OU first dibs on the remnants of this once Catholic School.  It sure isn't anymore.

There is one more thing that you should know about Xavier...they have a high school with the same name in Cincinnati.  The high school has an active group of GLBT folks that even have a website set up for the high school. Though they state that the website and the group is not sanctioned by the school, the fact that it exists at all kind of makes you wonder.  The Jesuits teach your kids in this place as well.  Maybe you should look into what the curriculum entails as far as the teaching of human sexuality at the 9-12 level.  With an active GLBT organization at the high school, I wouldn't doubt they have the same views of homosexuality and gay marriage that are taught at the college.  And the Archdiocese just gave Xavier High School high marks for their education and recently had them listed as the 'featured school:  They state their "Mission" as follows:

Mission
To assist young men in their formation as leaders and men for others through rigorous college preparation in the Jesuit tradition.  Where is the "Catholic" tradition?

They also state they believe in Jesus Christ as the model for all human life, yet they don't follow the teachings of Christ when it comes to homosexuality, Abortion, Contraceptives or belief in the teachings of the Church.  I'm sorry, but the two are diametrically opposed.  I'm going to put a link to their page on their mission.  As you read it, be aware that the entire section is predicated on the above Mission Statement. Pay close attention to the section on 'We Believe', and the section on 'We Assist'.  In only one place is the word "Catholic" used.  It's not difficult to see how easy it would be for a child to be led to the other side.  Too much concentration on social issues and not enough on Faith formation. (http://www.stxavier.org/page.cfm?p=9)

You can make up your own mind as to the way the Magisterium in the Vatican wants Catholicism taught or you can see how the Jesuits teach it according to their "U.S. Jesuit Interreligious Advisory Board".

If you need to refresh your memory on what that does, see the post:   Boston College...Sin Capital of the Jesuit World, Part 2.

Maybe the Archdiocese of Cincinnati should start looking into the CINO colleges in their purview.  Dayton's next.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

P.S.
There was one thing that I failed to add to this post which I feel is sort of indicative of how the Archdiocese just turns a blind eye to what is happening in the CINO schools...remember what was said about their practices above and then read the following statement from the Xavier "Center for Catholic Education".  This comes directly from their website:

Welcome to the Center for Catholic Education

Michael Graham, S.J., Xavier’s President, has committed the University to engaging students intellectually, morally, and spiritually - with rigor and compassion - toward lives of solidarity, service, and success. This is Xavier’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and heritage. The Center for Catholic Education is one way that Xavier specifically promotes its identity and heritage by assisting Catholic schools in the transmission of the faith and the development of Catholic education.
Xavier University, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Schools Office, has already developed a most successful pilot program - the Initiative for Catholic Schools - whose professional development programs for Catholic teachers and whose partnerships with neighboring Catholic schools have helped to develop challenging mathematics, science, and technology curricula for participating schools. The Center’s goals and its way of work hold promise for further accomplishments.
I don't know if I would like for this University to spread it's brand of "Catholicism" around to my kids. I would prefer the Orthodox teachings of the Catholic Church which Xavier doesn't seem to espouse. Maybe the Archdiocese' Catholic Schools Office had better go take a lesson from the Catechism as to what it means to be Catholic.  They obviously feel teaching homosexuality is OK because they don't say anything about the Colleges actions.   I guess the Archbishop is willing to "overlook" the teachings of the College as long as they pay lip service to "Catholic Education".  Maybe this Bishop should go back to Duluth where he apparently was well liked.  It is obvious that the "Progressive Secular" form of "Catholic" education  is alive and well at Xavier with no interference from the Shepard.  Too Bad.

University of Dayton is next.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

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