Skip to comments.'Ordained' Woman is Religion Professor at Catholic University of San Diego
Posted on 07/28/2005 3:57:01 PM PDT by Coleus
'Ordained' Woman is Religion Professor at Catholic University of San Diego
- Abortion-Rights Dissenter Banned from Speaking in Diocese -
MANASSAS, VA (July 28, 2005) - An organization that illegitimately "ordains" women as Catholic clergy has revealed the identity of a "deacon" who teaches scriptural studies at the University of San Diego, an institution that claims dedication to "witnessing and probing the Christian message as proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church."
R.C. Womenpriests, which on July 25 hosted the "ordinations" of nine women on the St. Lawrence River near Gananoque, Ontario, also announced that Jane Via had been "ordained" a Catholic deacon in June 2004 on the Danube River between Germany and Austria. The 2004 ceremony was led by two female "bishops" whom the Vatican excommunicated after they refused to renounce their "ordinations" in 2002. Previously Via was identified by a pseudonym, "Jillian Farley."
The Cardinal Newman Society's research identifies Via as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego County and an Adjunct Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego (USD). In 1977, Via was hired by USD as a full-time Assistant Professor and was tenured in the early 1980s before shifting to part-time employment. In 1985, San Diego Bishop Leo Maher banned Via from speaking at Catholic events in the diocese because she signed a statement published in the New York Times that challenged Catholic teaching on abortion. It is not apparent that USD took any action to restrict Via's teaching following the bishop's ban, and the Diocese of San Diego could not immediately confirm whether the ban is still in effect.
The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a national organization dedicated to the renewal of Catholic identity at U.S. Catholic colleges and universities, has contacted USD president Mary Lyons and San Diego Bishop Robert Brom, urgingVia's removal as a Theology and Religious Studies professor if she refuses to disavow her previous abortion advocacy and her "ordination." CNS also asked Bishop Brom to consider Via's actions when determining whether she should be awarded the mandatum, a Canon Law requirement for all teachers of Catholic theology that acknowledges a professor's intent to accurately present Catholic doctrine.
"It is scandalous that a Catholic university would knowingly employ a public dissenter to teach religion," said CNS president Patrick J. Reilly. "It would be deceitful for the same university to claim a Catholic mission while employing a religious studies professor who falsely claims ordination as a deacon of the Catholic Church. Why should a Catholic parent entrust their son or daughter to USD?"
The Catholic Church does not ordain women to the priesthood or diaconate according to the practice of Jesus Christ. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) under the authority of Pope John Paul II formally declared the male priesthood a matter of Church teaching that can never be changed.
Last weekend, critics of this teaching gathered for the Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) conference in Ottawa, Canada. Conference speakers included three religious studies professors at U.S. Catholic universities:
- Deborah Halter, Instructor in the Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University of Chicago, is touted on Loyola's Web site for her service as national coordinator of the U.S. Women's Ordination Conference in 2000.She is author of The Papal "No": A Comprehensive Guide to the Vatican's Rejection of Women's Ordination (Crossroad, 2004).
- Teresia Hinga, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, teaches subjects including African religions, Christian theology and women's studies.
- Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, Professor of Religious Studies and coordinator of the undergraduate religious studies program at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, is a liturgical dancer and peace
activist who has said she desires to be a priest, according to a Baltimore Sun article in Nov. 2000.
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Office: Maher 290, Phone (619) 260-4009, Fax (619) 260-2260
Classes regularly taught by Dr. Via include THRS 116: Intro to Biblical Studies, THRS 383: Matthew and Mark, and THRS 384: The Writings of Luke..
Catholics and Abortion: Authority vs. Dissent Via was Silenced by her Bishop
Prof. T.M Hinga
......sounds right.......evolutionists all?
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It will open September 2006 in San Diego nad promises to be a "real" Cathoilc University.
This piece of work is very influential in the Archdiocese in which I reside. I have previously posted pictures of her on FR where she was the Priestess/Presider at San Fernando Cathedral doing some neo Pagan liturgy. She is a past President of the Women's Ordination Conference.
Our former Archbishop was a great supporter of Sr. Kirk, and praised her work on inculturation (eg, Aztec Altar Dancers in loincloths) in a forward for one of her books.
As an aside, one needn't worry about the likes of Harry Potter when we have living, breathing religious like this corrupting the children, and young people here.
Several years ago, one of the sisters (her last name was Walsh, IIRC) at UIW brought an art exhibit to campus which portrayed unnatural acts between archangels, and human females-doing these acts on an altar, no less.
Despite the protestations of Catholics, the (now former) Archbishop said he could do nothing. It was only when huge numbers of Protestants here demanded action that he ordered the art exhibit removed.
I do wish our new Archbishop would assert his authority to rid us of these apostates and heretics. If he is praying for their conversion, I don't think it's working.
I worked in the same Dept. with Jane when she was
a County Atty.
Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!
so, what was she like, an activist feminazi?
The article basically has it. I remember when the
former bishop wasn't keen on some of her views.
When she was an active atty she was involved with
religious issues, apart from her work.
For those who are not familiar with that document, a couple of extracts:
27. Every Catholic University, without ceasing to be a University, has a relationship to the Church that is essential to its institutional identity. As such, it participates most directly in the life of the local Church in which it is situated; at the same time, because it is an academic institution and therefore a part of the international community of scholarship and inquiry, each institution participates in and contributes to the life and the mission of the universal Church, assuming consequently a special bond with the Holy See by reason of the service to unity which it is called to render to the whole Church. One consequence of its essential relationship to the Church is that the institutional fidelity of the University to the Christian message includes a recognition of and adherence to the teaching authority of the Church in matters of faith and morals. Catholic members of the university community are also called to a personal fidelity to the Church with all that this implies. Non-Catholic members are required to respect the Catholic character of the University, while the University in turn respects their religious liberty. (snip)
Article 4. The University Community
§ 1. The responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the University rests primarily with the University itself. While this responsibility is entrusted principally to university authorities (including, when the positions exist, the Chancellor and/or a Board of Trustees or equivalent body), it is shared in varying degrees by all members of the university community, and therefore calls for the recruitment of adequate university personnel, especially teachers and administrators, who are both willing and able to promote that identity. The identity of a Catholic University is essentially linked to the quality of its teachers and to respect for Catholic doctrine. It is the responsibility of the competent Authority to watch over these two fundamental needs in accordance with what is indicated in Canon Law(49).
§ 2. All teachers and all administrators, at the time of their appointment, are to be informed about the Catholic identity of the Institution and its implications, and about their responsibility to promote, or at least to respect, that identity.
§ 3. In ways appropriate to the different academic disciplines, all Catholic teachers are to be faithful to, and all other teachers are to respect, Catholic doctrine and morals in their research and teaching. In particular, Catholic theologians, aware that they fulfil a mandate received from the Church, are to be faithful to the Magisterium of the Church as the authentic interpreter of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition(50).
§ 4. Those university teachers and administrators who belong to other Churches, ecclesial communities, or religions, as well as those who profess no religious belief, and also all students, are to recognize and respect the distinctive Catholic identity of the University. In order not to endanger the Catholic identity of the University or Institute of Higher Studies, the number of non-Catholic teachers should not be allowed to constitute a majority within the Institution, which is and must remain Catholic.
Article 5. The Catholic University within the Church
§ 1. Every Catholic University is to maintain communion with the universal Church and the Holy See; it is to be in close communion with the local Church and in particular with the diocesan Bishops of the region or nation in which it is located. In ways consistent with its nature as a University, a Catholic University will contribute to the Church's work of evangelization.
So are these just words or do these words have meaning? Only the local Ordinary will be able to tell us for sure...
sorry for the double post. weird how that happens.
forget? I never heard of it.
I like your homepage.
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