Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

Please join RenewLMU in a Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola, beginning on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and concluding on the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, July 31, 2014.

Each day of the novena, please take a few moments to meditate on the life and works of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and to ask for his intercession for the renewal of Loyola Marymount University. We highly recommend the set of nine meditations on the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Fr. Mark Link, SJ, located here.

May our Heavenly Father continue to pour out His Graces on each of us.

Novena Prayer

Lord, support me with Your power and protection as I more fully commit myself to Your Gospel. I walk along this path together with my brothers and sisters around the world, purposefully making the world more just, more fraternal, and more Christian. I accept the role You have given me in Your Divine Plan, however big or small it may be.

Through the intercession of Our Lady and of St Ignatius of Loyola, and joining my prayers to the prayers of the others praying this Novena, I humbly ask for Your Grace to carry out Your work. I particularly pray for Loyola Marymount University. Give the students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni of LMU an ardent love for You, a deep and abiding trust in You, and a constant faithfulness in carrying out Your Holy Will. May we each remain forever obedient to our Pope, Your representative here on earth, and the Church Magisterium. We make this prayer together in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

LMU Hosts/Sponsors President of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

Dear Friend of RenewLMU,  

Early in May, we asked LMU’s President Burcham to withdraw the invitation extended to Sue Dunlap, President of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, to speak at a TEDxLoyolaMarymountU conference on May 17, 2014. After receiving numerous calls and letters from concerned donors and alumni, how did President Burcham respond?

The administration treated the issue as a mere public relations problem. Dr. Shane Martin, Dean of the School of Education which sponsored the event, sent a letter to concerned donors and alumni saying he had no control over the program and did not invite the speaker. In fact, the stories that ran about this scandal in Lifenews, the Cardinal Newman SocietyLiveAction News, and Lifesite News did not claim that Shane Martin invited the President of Planned Parenthood. Neither did RenewLMU make this claim.  

In a transparent effort to dampen negative publicity, the administration scrambled to change the program (over which they claimed to have no control) and added a pro-life speaker just 72 hours before the event. Just as the inclusion of someone from the NAACP would not justify or “balance” sponsoring the president of an organization engaged in racist activities, so too, the inclusion of a pro-life speaker does not justify sponsoring the president of an organization engaged in the unjust killing of prenatal human beings.  

As you can see in this video, Ms. Dunlap praised the work done by Planned Parenthood. She also acknowledged the scandal created by her presentation and thanked LMU for being so gracious in welcoming Planned Parenthood. 

Shockingly, she cited the words of Mahatma Ghandi (who opposed both contraception and abortion), “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Somehow, the CEO forgot that her organization does more than any other to destroy our nation’s weakest members. The TEDx monologue format compounded the scandal because this format does not allow raising questions or the academic exchange of ideas. TED talks simply exclude all debate and discussion. President Burcham (and Dean Martin) simply allowed the President of Planned Parenthood an unchallenged platform to transmit talking points to perhaps millions of people under the “TEDxLoyolaMarymountU” label.  

LMU’s parents, students, alumni and donors deserve better than to have our university used as a pulpit by the abortion industry. The university needs to establish a clear policy to prevent this kind of scandal in the future. We invite you to post your feedback on this latest scandal on our website so that we can share your perspective with the LMU administration and others. We also invite you to increase awareness of the secularization of LMU by sharing this post with others.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. 

LMU Plans to Host President of Planned Parenthood L.A.

An Open Letter to President David Burcham

Dear President Burcham,

On May 17th 2014, Sue Dunlap, President of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, is scheduled to speak at Loyola Marymount University.  LMU’s School of Education, led by Dean Shane Martin, is listed as the sponsor of this TEDxLoyolaMarymountU conference.  Martin chaired the search committee that brought LMU a new Dean of Liberal Arts, Robbin Crabtree, an atheist who served Planned Parenthood and another pro-abortion organization for years.

In your most recent convocation address as President of LMU, you characterized abortion and coverage of abortion as “first and foremost primarily women’s issues.”  In fact, abortion does not only involve a woman, but also involves the death of her son or her daughter prior to birth.  LMU’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Father Robert Caro, S.J. reminded the University community earlier this academic year that abortion is properly characterized as an issue of justice and faith, and of our Jesuit and Marymount heritage.

Given LMU’s commitment to diversity, LMU would never give the leader of an organization responsible for promoting and performing racist actions the honor of a speaking platform at LMU, especially in the form of a Tedtalk video that may well be seen by thousands or even millions of people.  Given LMU’s stated commitment to justice for the unborn and Roman Catholicism, no platform should be given to the leader of an organization responsible for committing countless acts of injustice against children in utero.  Just as there should be no public and lasting link between LMU and an organization engaged in racist activities, so too there should be no public and lasting link between LMU and the largest provider of abortion in the United States.  Already, even high school students are being encouraged to participate in what is described as an LMU hosted event.

We are asking you to immediately withdraw the invitation to the President of Planned Parenthood to speak at Loyola Marymount University.

Sincerely,

 RenewLMU 

To support this effort to preserve the Catholic identity of LMU,
please sign here and include your own comment.
 

 

LMU Hires Atheist as Liberal Arts Dean!

On April 16, Wednesday of Holy Week, President David Burcham announced he had hired
Dr. Robbin Crabtree to serve as the next Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

As RenewLMU and news sources reported earlier, Dr. Crabtree has worked for both Planned Parenthood and for a pro-choice political action committee. We also asked for your support in urging Pres. Burcham to instead “hire for mission”.

Moreover, it is now confirmed by LMU itself that the new appointment to this position is a professed atheist. Henceforward Dean Crabtree will make hiring decisions for the mission critical departments of Theological Studies, Philosophy, Bioethics, and Catholic Studies, among others.

The facts about this candidate were fully known by Loyola Marymount’s senior officials before employing Dr. Crabtree. However, because of the tremendous concern expressed by many alumni and others who value genuine Catholic education, these officials now have felt compelled to defend their actions. Our Response to LMU’s Attempt to Justify the Dean Appointment demonstrates how unsound their justifications are.

RenewLMU now invites you to publicly express your opinion about LMU’s choice for the new dean and its implications for the future of a Catholic LMU. We will forward your comments to the University President, Board of Trustees, Board of Regents, and Archbishop Gomez.

Click here to go to on Comments page. Look for the ‘Leave a Comment’ or ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom. Be sure to mention if you are a LMU alum. Please be respectful.

 

 

 

LMU’s New Dean Controversy – Read the Press Coverage

Following are links to the several news stories about the controversy surrounding Loyola Marymount University’s candidates and final choice for the position of Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts as well as RenewLMU’s efforts to ensure the university instead ‘hire for mission’.

Cardinal Newman Society Catholic Alumni: Finalists for Loyola Marymount Dean Both Worked at Planned Parenthood
March 17, 2014

National Catholic Register Loyola Marymount Dean Search Lands Finalists With Planned Parenthood Links
March 24, 2014

Catholic News Agency / EWTN Jesuit school’s dean finalists faulted for Planned Parenthood ties
March 24, 2014

LifeSiteNews.com Both candidates for dean position at Jesuit-run university have ties to Planned Parenthood
March 26, 2014

Live Actions News Catholic university’s decision to name dean finalists who worked for abortion giant brings protest
March 27, 2014

The Tidings (Official Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles) Controversy marks LMU search for liberal arts dean
March 27, 2014

Cardinal Newman Society Loyola Marymount Univ. Hires Dean Despite Past Work with Pro-Abortion Organizations
April 23, 2014

LifeSiteNews  Catholic college hires dean who served on Planned Parenthood advisory board
April 29, 2014

Catholic News Agency / EWTN Loyola Marymount community objects to dean’s links to abortion groups
May 1, 2014

Posted
in The Tidings May 1, 2014

Posted by the National Catholic Register Loyola Marymount Criticized for Appointing Atheist as Dean May 2, 2014

 

LMU Looking to Hire Dean – Our Letter to Supporters

Dear RenewLMU Supporter:

As you are aware, RenewLMU was formed to strengthen the Catholic identity of Loyola Marymount University. That effort encompasses the areas of admissions, speakers at events, governing policy, and most especially, the hiring of faculty and administration.

Not long ago, we had seen hopeful indications LMU would address how it made key employment decisions and put greater emphasis on dedication to Catholic intellectual tradition and identity. Recently the names of the two ‘finalist’ candidates to fill the position of Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts were announced by the Search Committee.

Amazingly, both of these candidates have performed work for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, and one did not even disclose that fact to LMU. Also, one candidate joined in issuing a statement praising the overturning of the definition of marriage (Proposition 8) in California. Neither candidate’s résumé gives reason for confidence they would further “LMU’s mission and identity as a Catholic university”. You may see for yourself on the RenewLMU website how suitable these candidates are. http://renewlmu.com/lmu-looking-to-hire-dean-who-worked-for-planned-parenthood

Among the Bellarmine College’s thirteen academic departments are Theology, Philosophy, and Pastoral Studies. These are ‘mission critical’ disciplines, and should not be overseen by someone whose views are incongruous with the Catholic Faith. Further erosion of institutional Catholic consciousness can no longer be defended as necessary to “achieve diversity”, since divergence from foundational Catholic values has now become the norm.

President Burcham needs to reform the University’s search and screening process to ensure that the new dean demonstrates a strong record of furthering Catholic mission and identity. Only then can LMU meet the challenge that Pope Francis has posed for Catholic universities: to be an “uncompromising witness … to the Church’s moral teaching.”

If Loyola Marymount University is “institutionally committed to Roman Catholicism”, and if the University “takes philosophical and theological disciplines seriously”, then it is time, starting now, to hire for mission.

Let’s tell President Burcham to make adherence to genuine Catholic principles the New Diversity at LMU!

The time is short to affect this critical decision. Please sign our letter to him here and forward this email to others who share your concern for the integrity of Catholic university education. http://renewlmu.com/letter-to-pres-burcham

Sincerely,

Philip Zampiello, ’93, Chair

RenewLMU

Introducing RenewLMU

We are students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and supporters of LMU.  Our Catholic faith is important to us.  We formed this group to protect, foster, and preserve the Catholic identity of LMU.

More from St. Ignatius

St Ignatius

From the Ratio Studiorum:

The development of the student’s intellectual capacity is the school’s most characteristic part. However, this development will be defective and even dangerous unless it is strengthened and completed by the training of the will and the formation of the character.

LMU Looking to Hire Dean Who Worked for Planned Parenthood!

Loyola Marymount University is currently interviewing two ‘finalist’ candidates for the position of Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

However, it is amazing that both of these candidates have worked for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States. And one of the candidates has also endorsed legal efforts to redefine marriage.

To see why these candidates are unsuitable for this ‘mission critical‘ position go to these pages:
Robbin Crabtree                                       Ramón A. Gutiérrez

The Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts should have a solid record of support for the mission and identity of a Catholic university.

Please sign this letter to President Burcham letting him know that now is the time to hire for mission.

And do contact others who share your concern for the Catholic identity of Loyola Marymount University.

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Pope Francis recently gave this message to representatives of the University of Notre Dame:
“In my Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel, I stressed the missionary dimension of Christian discipleship, which needs to be evident in the lives of individuals and in the workings of each of the Church’s institutions…Essential in this regard is the uncompromising witness of Catholic universities to the Church’s moral teaching, and the defense of her freedom, precisely in and through her institutions, to uphold that teaching as authoritatively proclaimed by the magisterium of her pastors.”
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