a church behind the times

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 11, 2007

Last week I drew attention to Santa Clara University's forthcoming implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Yesterday, the student newspaper commended those efforts, after the fact, in an editorial. Enough to make a grown parodist weep:

Santa Clara's Drag Show makes manifest one of the most contentious issues within the Catholic Church today: acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

It's certainly a big concern among Sudanese Christians. Just behind food.

It is only appropriate that a Jesuit university like Santa Clara should host an event with the ability to raise as many proverbial Catholic eyebrows as the Drag Show did. Notwithstanding their allegiance to the powers that be in Rome who collectively determine modern church doctrine, the Jesuits have made fantastic efforts to liberalize Catholic teaching.

Who brought that point to the students' attention, I wonder ...?

Santa Clara is a perfect testament to such Jesuit progressiveness. By declaring the university a safe space, listing course offerings in queer theory, including sexuality among other on-campus antidiscrimination policies and allowing events like the Drag Show and transgender panels to entertain and educate year after year, Santa Clara works to nourish the LGBTQ community.

In the harsh soil of southern California, this community doubtless needs particularly solicitous nourishing.

In a religion where sexual intercourse is meant to be enjoyed only by married people, where female sexuality is modest, at best, and where unions between people who cannot bear children together are deemed unholy, the Catholic Church's condemnation of the LGBTQ community is hardly puzzling. After all, what could be more threatening than a group of people who have discovered who they are and have learned to accept diversity?

Pumpkinseed bluegills.

By disallowing certain "lifestyle choices," the Catholic Church is effectively ostracizing millions of its members.

Who brought that point to the students' attention, I wonder ...?

The Santa Clara community is also guilty of confining the LGBTQ community at times, although not in quite as overt a fashion as the Catholic Church. Inappropriate words and even hate speech are heard all too frequently on the suburb campus that is Santa Clara. And despite its popularity, the Drag Show elicits anything but praise from many students who are less-than-appreciative of SCCAP's efforts to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues.

Oh for those Good Old Days, when the campus newspaper typically denounced the administration, and typically championed dissident students ...

The editors congratulate themselves that Santa Clara University has been become "a safe space." They're probably right. The problem, regrettably, is that the danger from which they are insulated is that of a cogent moral imperative bursting in from outside the tidy and self-contained culture of Leftist hedonism in which they pass their university years. It's as if faculty and students had locked themselves, together with their carnal amusements, into a dorm room -- and hung a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door. Even Oral Roberts and Bob Jones University -- open as they are to shockingly alien ideas from iron age Palestine -- provide a more spacious world, a world more intellectually adventuresome.

None of this spells certain doom for the Santa Clara students (think of St. Augustine's student years), but it's a waste of a particularly precious opportunity. Instead of a challenge to their "safe space," the students get that experience well described by James Bowman: "an appeal to complacency, designed to make us feel good about ourselves and comfortable and self-righteous. We come away not with an increased sensitivity to others but with an increased pride in our own sympathies."

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  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2007 3:05 PM ET USA

    Who wrote this garbage? Tell that Herodian fox that his "open minded" thinking only makes him like the blithering idiot who walks around with his mouth scraping the gutter. May God have mercy on his soul on Judgment Day for fanning the smoke of Satan into Catholic grounds, but I fear Christ, who wasn't pleased that his father's temple was turned into a den of thieves, will ask his laborers to rake up him along with the other dead branches to toss into the unquenchable fire.

  • Posted by: - May. 14, 2007 10:17 AM ET USA

    "despite it's popularity, the drag show elicits anything but praise from many students" This is the most telling statement. If I read it correctly, many students disapprove of the "drag show", although it is "popular". Is it popular because it was staged and somebody attended? How many students on campus disapprove? Is it popular because the newspaper staff is in favor of this type of diversity? Modern journalism standards are being well taught at this university.

  • Posted by: - May. 13, 2007 10:36 PM ET USA

    So these univeristies go from teaching Catholic theology, to 'Jesuit' theology....to....what? Genitalia Theology anyone?

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2007 2:14 PM ET USA

    Be a little carefull about decrying marriages between people who can't have children... what is meant is same sex marriages. Two older people, male and female, can get married. There are regrettably many infertile male and female couples who cannot have kids.

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2007 11:36 AM ET USA

    The contrast between (a) the Holy Father's address to the Latin American bishops and (b) the goings-on at Santa Clara, is striking. The University of Santa Clara is no longer Catholic.

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2007 11:17 AM ET USA

    Why isn't severe action being taken against this corruption? It is ludicrous to claim that these Universities are Catholic or Jesuit!The betrayal of Catholic education/doctrine by the Society is manifest.The latest attack on Catholicity is from the Jesuit "America" where a priest is referred to as a "sacramental minister."The Society needs to be told: "Aut sint ut erant aut non sint", vice aut sint ut sunt. Erant instead of sunt because now they are corrupt. Ven Pius XII ora pro nobis.

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2007 10:51 AM ET USA

    What part of Ex Corde Ecclesiae is it that Santa Clara University has so much trouble understanding? The document I read was sufficiently clear about complying with Catholic teaching. It didn't seem like such things as "Drag Shows" should be among the curriculuum. Did others notice the editorial use of "queer community" and "queer theory" in the editorial? Most Leftist media I'm acquainted with would come unglued at the use of the word "queer" in anything. Typical Leftist hypocrisy!

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2007 8:49 AM ET USA

    It use to be that college administrators where adults who assumed their spiritual fatherhood and motherhood and tried to form students into christian adults. The undoing of formation on Jesuit College Campuses follows suit to undoing of formation within the order. Superiors don't want to form young Jesuits, and Jesuits don't want to form their students.

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2007 12:05 AM ET USA

    "Leon Panetta '60, J.D. '63, will discuss his participation in the Iraq Study Group, as well as the events that have transpired since the group made its recommendations, at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at the Leavey Events Center." Hey, look everyone! Another pro-abort pol from the Clinton Administration's cigar plantation salad days. Who would've thought? I'm sure Francis Cardinal George is busy working on a carrier pigeon telegram to the local ordinary.

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2007 12:01 AM ET USA

    Santa Clara's Trimalchio Catholicism (patent pending) is getting dangerously close to its expiry date. Its the sort of foppish sentimentalism that arises where people stop believing in the doctrine of Original Sin.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 9:43 PM ET USA

    It has already been pointed out that Santa Clara is located in what most of us native Californians refer to as northern CA, though it is more accurate to say central coast. Besides, claim to such blasphemous goings on in southern California rests with Loyola-Marymount (simply Loyola when I attended it). Being rivals as they have always been I'm sure LMU works hard to out do the leftism of SC, USF, and all of the other heretical Jesuit schools in the USA. Tragic!

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 9:35 PM ET USA

    Saint Ignatius pray for them!

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 7:21 PM ET USA

    Do youse guys have a problem with majoring in Queer Theory? That's why people spend 40 grand a year to attend such scools.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 6:23 PM ET USA

    Years ago, I had friends from my high school graduating class attend Santa Clara. Almost all of them came out practicing some kind of weird eclectic catholicism. What's worse their offspring have generally fallen away from the practice of attending Mass. None of them seem to be concerned! Evidently the seeds of modernism, heresy, or what have you have continued to grow there. The "girlie priests" have got to get back into the confines of Catholic discipline or they may be learning Russian again

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 3:48 PM ET USA

    Pound for pound, pumpkinseeds put up one heck of a fight! Make sure you set the drag on your reel.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 3:26 PM ET USA

    As Tominellay points out, there is one small error in this entry. (I emphasize, ONLY one.) Santa Clara University is in northern California, not southern. (Technically, it's central, but everybody so ignores the Mendocino Coast that everybody calls us north.) It is in the northernmost reach of the Diocese of San Jose, only perhaps a couple of hours' stroll from the southern boundary of the Diocese of San Francisco, of which it was a part until a dozen or two years ago.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 2:09 PM ET USA

    '"...'designating the university (sic) a safe space..." Doesn't 'university' attest to the fact that there is One Truth? But the real question is: why do they call it 'safe'? What about the choices of those students who do not want to participate in such hedonism? They are surrounded by the militants who want to 'convert' the world to their point of view -- nay lifestyle. How many are 'drawn' into the lifestyle against their will?

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 1:14 PM ET USA

    Well OK, but think of the kids at Santa Clara who don't share the LGBTQ sympathies, who perhaps grew up in rural environments whose understanding of the real world conforms to whatever strolls in the local "sock hop" each Saturday night before rushing home to beat curfew. Does anyone here have any idea whatsoever what it's like for kids like that to set up a couple lawn chairs across from the drag show and break out a case of PBRs? A lifetime of entertainment in a single night.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 12:37 PM ET USA

    ...a thorough seduction... n.b. - Santa Clara is north of here...don't blame the soil; it's the SJs!

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2007 12:10 PM ET USA

    ""an appeal to complacency, designed to make us feel good about ourselves and comfortable and self-righteous." Unfortunately, this debilitating condition can last for decades, and even a lifetime, if one remains in the Leftist cocoon inhabited only by like-minded progressives, all of whom are only scantily nourished by dead ephemera. One sees this year after toilsome year in how these folks spin the same tired cliches about every social, religious and political issue they attempt to address.