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Jesuit school denies recognition to Knights of Columbus; gay students seek chaplain's removal

April 05, 2013

Gonzaga University, a Jesuit-run institution in Spokane, Washington, has announced that the Knights of Columbus cannot be recognized as a student organization because the group admits only Catholics.

The Knights of Columbus were told that they could not be formally affiliated with the university because their rules for membership are “inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University’s commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.”

In a similar story, two gay students at George Washington University are asking for the removal of the school’s Catholic chaplain, complaining that Father Greg Shaffer has counseled homosexual students to live the virtue of chastity.


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Apr. 07, 2013 8:09 PM ET USA

    Perhaps Gonzaga could solve the problem by aditting only Catholics to a Catholic University.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Apr. 06, 2013 9:29 PM ET USA

    Who is in charge of identifying schools as Catholic?

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Apr. 06, 2013 1:24 PM ET USA

    gfdsmith9280--One might pray for saints to be raised up to reform the Order, which has such a mighty and brilliant past. So sad.

  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Apr. 05, 2013 6:32 PM ET USA

    "Perhaps Pope Francis, a Jesuit, will encourage his order to erase the differences." - Unum, 4:29 PM Let us hope that Pope Francis will go further and disband the entire order. The SJs have long outlived their usefulness to the Church and the original purpose of their foundation has been long forgotten. Seriously now, who needs these embarrassing dissidents?

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 05, 2013 6:09 PM ET USA

    I specifically urged my three children to attend secular universities rather than those calling themselves Catholic. At least there, I reasoned, they will know who the enemy is and he won't be wearing a Roman collar as he undermines the faith.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 05, 2013 4:57 PM ET USA

    Not a good month for those "Jesuit Catholic" (actually heard on their campuses) schools. Gonzaga doesn't like the KofC, McQuaid HS allows gay boys to a dance and Verbum Dei HS had a pro-abortion politician teach a class in social justice. Just think, in a few months most of the Jesuit colleges will have their Lavender Graduations, where their faculties will try to defend it, perhaps after they finish watching the Vagina Monologues after covering things Catholic because the president is visiting.

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 05, 2013 4:29 PM ET USA

    I see that Gonzaga University is an institution of higher education "in the "Jesuit tradition". Evidently the "Jesuit tradition" is quite different from the Catholic tradition. Perhaps Pope Francis, a Jesuit, will encourage his order to erase the differences. Then, Gonzaga can be either be a university in the "Catholic tradition" or just another secular private school. Either way, Catholic parents will know what to expect when they send their kids there.