USF student newspaper unanimously supports assisted suicide

No one on the Jesuit school's newspaper staff thinks government should intrude - except when it comes to gay marriage and Obamacare
University of San Francisco campus (photo from

University of San Francisco campus (photo from

The following comes from an October 16 Creative Minority Report blog post by Rebecca Taylor:

The University of San Francisco (USF) is my alma mater. My name is on a plaque in the chemistry office for my academic exploits while I was there. Along with a degree in chemistry, I also got a whopping student loan debt that may never get paid off, but that is another topic for another time.

When people ask me if they should send their children there, I answer with an unequivocal “No!”

Case in point this op-ed piece by the staff of the student paper the Foghorn on assisted suicide. I won’t bore you with the whole thing.

Here is an excerpt:

The Foghorn staff has reached the consensus that any legislation which directly affects the length of someone’s life is a unique issue because there is nothing as private as an individual’s decisions about the quality of their life. To choose to live in pain or to die quickly when faced with terminal illness is a decision that is so intensely personal that allowing the government (on a state or federal level) to prevent assisted suicide is a serious overreach of their power. For most issues, having government involvement regarding societal improvement and personal health is appropriate, even necessary, for a healthy society. Examples include the recent SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage and the implementation of universal healthcare. However, the government should not be able to restrict you or punish you for making decisions about the quality of your life.

All of our staff members believe that assisted suicide should be legalized for terminally ill people who truly believe that it is the only option they have left.

All of the staff at the Foghorn support assisted suicide. Not one could even play devil’s advocate and bother to articulate the Church’s position.

If USF was truly a good Jesuit school, you would expect at least one student at the Foghorn could think their way out of a paper bag. Or at least delve a little deeper by talking to real terminally ill patients.

Patients like Jeanette Hall who, with a diagnosis of terminal cancer, was determined to end her own life. Dr. Stevens held out his hand to her and offered her hope. She took his hand and is alive today because Dr. Stevens did not abandon her at her most vulnerable.




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  1. Linda Maria says:

    USF no longer recognizes belief in God, no longer recognizes Christianity, no longer even recognizes basic moral, humanitarian responsibility for the highest welfare of our neighbor. It is a DEAD school, teaching nothing but shallow, irresponsible, immoral, atheist, self-centered hippie garbage— “do as you please,” like two-year-olds. USF is helping to turn America into a garbage pit of irresponsible, shallow, selfish, immoral future Americans. The Church is 100% culpable!

  2. CCC: ” 2277 Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons.
    It is morally unacceptable.
    Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a MURDER gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator.
    The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which MUST ALWAYS be forbidden and excluded. “

  3. The Jesuit school, USF should not be allowed to call itself “Catholic”.
    Because that is fraudulent – taking money for an advertised product, and not providing the product.
    All Catholic Universities and Colleges should required to use the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition” as a student text for all students freshman and sophomore years.

    “ExCorde Ecclesiae”

    • The bishops of California are preparing to launch a referendum to undo the assisted suicide law just signed by Gov. Brown. At the same time the students at USF come out swinging for legalized suicide. No wonder the Church is so effective at communicating its message.

  5. With a student body reared in the cruel atmosphere of The Culture of Death, it is little wonder that these students think they are compassionate and enlightened.

    Make a splash at the Thanksgiving table this year and denounce the so called mercy of killing sick, elderly, or disabled people. Cause a little indigestion for the sake of truth!

  6. I’ll give each member of the staff the benefit of the doubt at this point. Perhaps they have each thought through the ‘paper bag’ cited in the article.
    Not knowing the number of staff members, I can not calculate the probability they would ALL agree. But basic mathametical statistics says ‘all agree’ is a possible event.

  7. This is why it is so sad that Pope Francis moved along and left behind the Culture of Death clear teaching of Saint Pope John Paul. The FrancisChurch avoids entanglements with euthanasia, abortion, embryonic stem cells, genome editing, fetal tissue trafficking and homosexual marriage. God is mercy, there is no Hell or Purgatory and my dog will go to Heaven.

  8. John Patrick says:

    Same arguments were given by corrupt German physicians, and those “unworthy” of life were wiped out by the same kind of thinking as the students seem to have.

  9. Michael McDermott says:

    Will these pioneers be ‘Leading by Example’…Or simply offering free carbon footprints to the first 100 million takers?

    After all – if marketed correctly by Goo-Ghoul this could be the next ‘Pet Rock’ – or bigger… After all, with Death – the Sky is the limit. Ahem

  10. Maryanne Leonard says:

    My friends, I say it again: do everything you can to help your children get into Thomas Aquinas College in the hills between Santa Paula and Ojai. They will be classically educated, wise beyond their years, and grounded in a solid Catholic background that will serve them, and society, throughout their lives and provide your grandchildren with parents they can be proud of.

    • You are so right Maryanne! Also a wonderful place for Mass and folks can go to confession before and after each one!

  11. The Jesuits schools are lost. You may be interested in reading my post about the Jesuits and Gov. Jerry Brown:


    Prof. Emeritus Charles Hillel Baron taught Law & Bioethics for 40 years at Boston U.​, a Jesuit university. In an amicus brief he argued for Terri Schiavo to die by dehydration and starvation.
    Baron helped develop model legislation legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
    Baron serves on the board of directors of the Death With Dignity National Center, which is the organization most responsible for Oregon’s Death With Dignity law and has promoted similar laws in Maine, Hawaii,…

  12. Jeannie McCullough Stiles describes so beautifully the dying process. It is the transition from this earth to a new life in Heaven.. This should be taught in every Catholic High School and University. I have never seen this described so eloquently. God Bless you, Jeannie, for your insight. I hope and pray that you can convey this thought to the Fog Horn and to the administrators at USF. It is my alma mater and I no long what any association with them. My father, grandfather, uncles and cousins are all graduates of this once Catholic University.
    I now hang my head in shame at what they espouse and teach.

  13. Is the Pope Jesuit?

  14. Michael McDermott says:

    Former Senator Fred Thompson passed away recently, and some of his more insightful quotes have been collected for future reference about the reality behind the facade of DC & Hollyweird.
    I liked this one about modern Academentia best, as it is the most relevant to the moment:
    “U of CA considering ban on “expressions of intolerance”. Sounds idyllic. Everyone throw another book on the bonfire & sing Kumbaya.”

  15. “If USF was truly a good Jesuit school, you would expect at least one student at the Foghorn could think their way out of a paper bag.” What in the world is this supposed to mean? All the Jesuits schools (28 colleges and 49 high schools) espouse the same strains of liberalism, corruption and dissent. This all derives from the general disintegration of the Jesuit order, which has paid out $250 million in abuse settlements (predominately homosexual). USF really is pretty representative of the general state of Jesuit education.

  16. Abeca Christian says:

    The Devil is like a mad dog tied by a chain. Beyond the length of the chain he cannot catch hold of anyone. And you, therefore, keep your distance. If you get too close you will be caught. Remember, the Devil has only one door with which to enter into our soul: our will. There are no secret or hidden doors. No sin is a true sin if we have not willfully consented. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

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