Self-declared critic of Catholic Church gets post at Santa Clara

Comedian W. Kamau Bell named Frank Sinatra Chair, once said: "You’re not going to find a bigger critic of the Catholic Church than me"

Comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell has been named the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts at Santa Clara University for 2017-18. The Jesuit university’s website says, “Bell will mentor and engage with students, faculty, and the Santa Clara University community.” Bell is a self-declared critic of the Church, as well as a supporter of same-sex marriage and … [Read more...]

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‘Office of Multicultural Learning’

Santa Clara University willing to pay $75,480 to $88,728 a year for someone who will, among other duties, advocate for “undocumented students” and other minority groups on campus

A Catholic university in California is advertising for a director of its Office of Multicultural Learning (OML) with duties that include advocating for “undocumented students” and other minority groups on campus. In addition to assessing diversity programs and multicultural learning, the OML director at the University of Santa Clara will play a “key role in promoting an … [Read more...]

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“A sweeping, inclusive, and dramatic poem”

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera delivers commencement address at Santa Clara University in the form of a poem that touched on the forces of climate change, refugees, and conflict

A rapt audience of about 12,000 Santa Clara University graduating seniors and their family and friends was treated to a sweeping, inclusive, and dramatic poem from the nation’s poet laureate Saturday. The address touched on the forces of climate change, refugees, and conflict, and urged the more than 1,200 graduates to “carry/a satchel of compassion-action for all” and “bring … [Read more...]

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‘Protect the rule of law,’ Leon Panetta tells 2017 Santa Clara University law graduates

Former secretary of defense, CIA director and pro-abortion congressman gives commencement speech at Jesuit university's law school

[Editor’s note: Leon Panetta compiled a strong pro-abortion voting record while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 1994 from California’s 16th Congressional District. In 1990, he was a co-sponsor of the federal Freedom of Choice Act, and later, as President Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff, Panetta defended the then-president’s veto of a bill … [Read more...]

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Pro-abortion speaker tapped for Santa Clara Law School commencement

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will speak at Santa Clara University School of Law commencement May 20

[Editor's note: Leon Panetta compiled a strong pro-abortion voting record while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 1994 from California’s 16th Congressional District. In 1990, he was a co-sponsor of the federal Freedom of Choice Act, and later, as President Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff, Panetta defended the then-president’s veto of a bill … [Read more...]

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Santa Clara hosts theologian who said Jesus may have been hermaphrodite

“We cannot know for sure that Jesus was male”

Santa Clara University has announced it will be hosting theologian Susannah Cornwall from the University of Exeter, who once suggested that Jesus may have been a hermaphrodite, to discuss “Gendered Theologies and the Common Good.” It is part of the “Gender Justice and the Common Good” program of Santa Clara’s Bannan Institute. Cornwall is scheduled to speak at the Jesuit … [Read more...]

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Santa Clara University gets $100 million gift

The gift is the largest in Santa Clara’s 166-year history and ranks as the second-largest gift ever to a Catholic university

The patriarch and matriarch of one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent families in real-estate development and philanthropy, John A., ’60, and Susan Sobrato, have made a gift of $100 million to Santa Clara University to help create the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation. This “campus within a campus” will be designed to promote cross-disciplinary exploration to enhance … [Read more...]

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Will Santa Clara become ‘sanctuary campus’?

Students walk out of class at Jesuit university in solidarity with undocumented immigrants

The following comes from a November 17 Mercury News article by Tatiana Sanchez: Standing in solidarity with their undocumented immigrant peers, students at Santa Clara University vowed to protect them from any potential immigration policies that may come under the Trump administration, including mass deportations. At a rally that started out at the university’s Mission … [Read more...]

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Who is responsible for the Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara faculties?

Catholic institutions cleared the path for the latest assault on religious freedom

                The following comes from a June 24 story by Phil Lawler on catholicculture.org. As a result of the latest federal ruling against religious freedom—and pending the result of what seems an inevitable court challenge— Catholic churches in California are now required to provide abortion coverage in … [Read more...]

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Santa Clara University: we’re too white

Jesuit university president Fr. Michael E. Engh, S.J., has convened a commission on diversity and inclusion

The following comes from a May 10 Santa Clara University press release: In a time of heightened global attention to racial and social issues impacting people of color signified by unrest across the nation’s campuses, Santa Clara University President Michael E. Engh, S.J., has convened a Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. The decision to establish a … [Read more...]

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