Part 16 of my ongoing survey of the follies of many modern day Jesuits.
Well, Loyola Marymount out in Los Angeles went for a twofer for their dean: a pro-abort and an atheist:
On April 16, the Jesuit university announced the appointment of Robbin Crabtree as dean of its Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. The position oversees bioethics, theological studies, philosophy and Catholic studies at the university. The dean is also involved in faculty hiring decisions.
RenewLMU, a group of students, alumni, faculty, donors and other university supporters concerned about the university’s Catholic mission, questioned whether Crabtree was an appropriate choice to oversee “mission critical” departments.
In 2001 and 2002, she was a member of the New Mexico group Las Adelitas Women in Politics. While Crabtree’s curriculum vitae describes the group as an organization to promote women’s candidates for public office in New Mexico, the group has been involved in promoting pro-abortion candidates.
Burcham said that Crabtree’s involvement with the “budding” political organization was “brief,” and the organization “changed significantly” since she left it. He said her involvement with Planned Parenthood consisted of serving as an “outside consultant” to a new Planned Parenthood-sponsored women’s health center. This work was in communications and “aimed at engaging underserved women in the community to increase their awareness of the clinic’s basic health-care services.”
Burcham said the university’s only “litmus test” in hiring is that “a candidate must fully support our mission of academic excellence in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions and commit himself/herself to furthering this mission through [his or her] professional life at LMU.”
The university president’s comments were largely echoed in an April 16 letter from Jesuit Father Robert Caro to alumni and parents. He said that concerns being raised about Crabtree’s past associations “do not reflect her recent involvements or reputation and appear to ignore her distinguished record.”
Go here to National Catholic Register to read the rest. One of the comments defending the administration is a hoot and illustrates the “Francis Effect” I guess:
Reading the comments here, one begins to believe that readers have not understood Pope Francis at all. He has praised the Jesuits for their faithful service to the Church, and has urged them to open windows and take down defenses. That is exactly what LMU is doing. Whoever is not with the pope is not with God.
I preferred it when CINOs (Catholics In Name Only) did not also simultaneously claim to be ultramontanists.