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Response to President Privett’s “Pride” Statement to Faculty

As adjunct faculty in the School of Education, I am writing to express my strong disagreement with the views expressed by President Privett in a message sent to the faculty on June 28.  In that message, President Privett explained his rationale for taking down a “Pride” ad from the University’s Facebook and Instagram feeds.  President Privett continues that due to the timing of the ad—the same week when the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the Supreme Court—the ad might be misconstrued as the University’s unqualified support for the Court’s decision.  He also adds that his decision stemmed , in his words,  from his “own sensitivity to those who sincerely oppose same-sex marriage and are neither bigoted nor anti-gay.”

I submit that the University’s taking down of the “Pride” ad can, in fact, be construed as the University’s aligning with the position held by those who support same-sex marriage.  I further question the notion of whether one can be in favor of denying gay couples their right to marry and at the same time not be anti-gay.  The University of San Francisco has a tradition of scholarship and community work that strive for social justice.  Support for justice for some groups of people but not others, in my opinion, runs counter to that tradition.

If we are to continue our work “towards a more humane and just world for all,” as President Privett writes, then we need to walk the walk consistently, even at times when passions on various issues run high.  Finally, respectfully acknowledging those with whom we disagree, which is a point President Privett also raises in defense of his decision, should not entail silencing ourselves or withdrawing our sincere position on any given issue.  A “Pride” ad shows pride in our LGBTQ community.  I do not believe it shows an attitude of disrespect toward those who hold opposing views.

Ilze B. Duarte is an Adjunct Professor in the International and Multicultural Education Department School of Education

Pope Benedict XVI Announces Resignation

Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the month, citing advanced age and health concerns. The news comes two days before Ash Wednesday, the start of the church’s Lenten season.

“Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,” said Pope Benedict XVI  in a statement from the Vatican.
During a meeting of Vatican cardinals, the pope, 85, announced his decision in Latin to resign from the Papacy. When he was elected in 2005, he was already the oldest pontiff to be elected in nearly 300 years, according to CBS News.

“I admire the pope’s courage in resigning most especially as it has been so long since this happened in history. It is a very big deal in terms of who will become our next pope. This person will have a huge effect on the direction of the entire Roman Catholic church, and this has implications that go beyond even our church,” said Donal Godfrey, S.J., the University Ministry associate director for faculty and staff spirituality.

The 265th pope will be the first to resign since 1415, when Pope Gregory XII left his position in an attempt to end the Western Schism during which three rival popes claimed the title.

Cardinals will meet in Rome to choose a successor shortly after his departure, which is scheduled to be on February 28, said Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, at a news conference. Lombardi said they will have a new pope before Easter, March 31.
After Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI will be addressed as his eminence, or Cardinal Benedict XVI. He is spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, according to the 2012 Annuario Pontificio, the annual yearbook of the Roman Catholic Church.