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University of San Francisco Cuts Theology Program, Is Catholic Identity in Decline? Comments

We call upon the University to rescind the decision to end the Graduate Theology program and rededicate itself to being a Catholic University in the heart of the Church. Continue Reading

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  1. mary
    4 years ago

    They sold their religion for money - how sad. Sister, there are other ways to finance a university without selling out to the devil which is what they have done. mv

  2. Paul
    5 years ago

    Nancy,

    The undergrads are required to take only 1 theology course. They could take underwater bible reading if they wanted to. That is the easiest requirement out of any Jesuit College in the country.

    Also UC Berkley has no theology program. The closest they have is philosophy. You are most likely thinking of the GTU. The Graduate Theological Union in Berkley that is made up of several religous colleges. Some are good some are not so good.

    This still has nothing to do with what is happening at USF. The GTU having theology programs does not lesson the the culpability that USF would have by terminating the MA program in violation of their own mission statement.

    ~Paul

  3. Nancy
    5 years ago

    Why does a university have to have a graduate school to be Catholic - undergraduates still take theology. You omitted UC Berkeley which also has a highly rspected graduate school of theology for Catholics attended by many priests & nuns.

  4. Paul
    5 years ago

    Matt,

    While no doubt many Bishops are unhappy about this, I doubt very likely that any opposition will be voiced from the Arch-diocese of San Francisco.

    For that to happen it would be a miracle considering how the arch-bishop is still more than willing to give Nancy Pelosi the eucharist.

    What is needed is for those of us who still truly witness to Christ to sign petitions such as:
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/USFMAProgram

    Otherwise, Catholicism will lose it's rightful place in Academia outside the history classes.

    ~Paul

  5. Matthew Ferszt
    5 years ago

    Grace, mercy and peace to all from God our Father and the Lord Jesus.

    What we're seeing is a disintegration of the virtue of obedience. Shouldn't a cry be made to the Bishops who have competent jurisdiction to exercise the authority that the Holy See has given them; the power of binding and loosing. If a child errs, isn't it the responsibility of the parent(s) to correct the child?

  6. Pat Munyan
    5 years ago

    Couple this with Georgetown's covering its religious identity for the visit of President Obama and it does not bode well for Catholics, especially those who look to the Jesuits as bastions and thinkers for our faith. Sad.

  7. Robert G. McQuaid
    5 years ago

    I am writing this fronm Boston the city that first unvailed the problems with the recent abuse in the church. The Church did not do the right thing in the past, handling issues important to the youth of the church. It appears the USF is not doing the right thing by their students and the faithful. When we need them most where are they?

  8. paul
    5 years ago

    Pat,

    That is the sort of relativist inability to stand up for what is right that has made Catholicism in the United States and Europe practically irrelavent.

    That sort of thinking will lead Catholicsm in the West to become dust.

  9. KLM
    5 years ago

    Seriously, a Catholic University is cancelling it Masters of Theology program?

    They wonder why they have an exodus of young people from the church when this is how they support the ones that are truly interested? Incredible.

  10. Denise
    5 years ago

    It's amazing that a Catholic College would cancel it's Masters in Theology program. Where else can a student get this type of education? It seems the church should be happy young people want to study this and encourage them. With this limited support of young people of faith it's no wonder the Catholic Church has seen such a decline in young people's faith. And why cancel in the mid-stream? At least let the students enrolled finish or refund them the full amount the have paid so far.


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