Will LMU lose its Catholic identity within a generation?

Will LMU lose its Catholic identity within a generation?

Professor says it doesn’t have to be this way

Apparently they (the university trustees and administration as well as many of its faculty and staff) want it that way – and sooner rather than within a generation; for example:

The university president, the dean of liberal arts, the chair of philosophy, the chair of theological studies and 76 percent of the faculty are non-Catholic.

Only one class in theology OR philosophy is required.

In an open letter in the student newspaper more than 150 faculty and staff asked the university to include elective abortion in its employee insurance coverage.

The university logo was changed from a depiction of Sacred Heart Chapel to the current one below.

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JANUARY 19, 2016 BY Cal-Catholic.com/?p=22152

The following comes from a January 18 Catholic Education Daily article by Justin Petrisek:

Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) Catholic identity will disappear in a matter of years if administrators continue the current and dangerous trajectory towards secularization by not hiring faithful Catholic professors, according to Dr. Christopher Kaczor, a professor of philosophy at the University.

“It is magical thinking to believe LMU is immune from losing its identity. To do nothing, to continue the status quo of religious indifferentism in hiring, is to eventually join the list of formerly Catholic institutions. Higher education does not need one more flavor of vanilla,” Kaczor wrote in an article on Catholic World Report explaining LMU’s dilemma.
“My prediction is that the process of secularization will be completed within a generation,” he stated.

Only 94 of the University’s professors surveyed, about 24 percent, identify as Catholic according to a recent “Faculty Climate Survey,” Kaczor explained. The situation will soon worsen, he predicted, as a majority of the senior faculty preparing to retire are predominantly Catholic. LMU would need to replace all retiring Catholic faculty with new hires who identity as Catholic in order to simply maintain their minority level of 24 percent, let alone increase that percentage to regain a strong Catholic identity.
However, there are solutions that the University can easily incorporate if it wants to take seriously its Catholic identity and what it means to be a Catholic university, Kaczor explained.

First, LMU needs to keep track of the religious identity of incoming faculty, just as it does with race and gender, in order to see if the loss of Catholic faculty is worsening or tapering off.

Faculty candidates could also be asked to respond in detail to the University’s mission statement during the interview and hiring processes. This would show which applicants are willing to support the religious mission and identity of the University and how they specifically see themselves contributing to that mission.

The University could also create endowed chairs within certain departments, such as theology, philosophy, history, literature and Catholic studies, that highlight Catholic identity and the Catholic intellectual tradition, Kaczor suggested. Other options include recruiting from other Catholic universities and colleges, creating new positions in “Catholic Studies,” and seeking out faculty and staff who are strong advocates for increased Catholic identity.

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One comment on “Will LMU lose its Catholic identity within a generation?

  1. Quote: “In an open letter in the student newspaper more than 150 faculty and staff asked the university to include elective abortion in its employee insurance coverage.”

    All of those pro-abortion faculty members should have been fired. Anti-Catholic faculty members who sign a letter to promote abortion coverage cannot be making decisions for a Catholic university. This is why it is wrong and criminal to pack the faculties of “Catholic” universities with a majority of non-Catholics. It is past time to face the fact that the Land O’Lakes conference agenda is a Trojan Horse and that the progressive modernists in the Society of Jesus are incapable of running and administering Catholic university property responsibly in accord with the true Catholic mission in education. Quite obviously anti-Catholic pro-abortion faculty members create a hostile environment detrimental to Catholic students who are paying the bills. This is intolerable. What you are seeing at such post-Catholic universities is a forerunner of the Antichrist – gangs of anti-Catholic barbarians exploiting the confusion in the Church from the Spirit of Vatican II and the Land O’Lakes conference agenda unethically and criminally, harming and defrauding students, and eroding the culture of the campus in ways that eventually will lead to the end of the institution.

    What is happening at LMU, Georgetown, and the other apostate progressive modernist campuses, is the same liberal multicultural madness that is leading to the collapse and end of Europe as part of Western civilization. Stop the madness. Stand up for Christianity and Catholic civilization.

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