Catholic Professors Claim Hostile Environment at Loyola Marymount University

The Cardinal Newman Society ran an article entitled, “Catholic Professors Claim Hostile Environment at Loyola Marymount.” This article draws on a Faculty Climate Survey which reports, “Conservative Catholics feel they are in an environment that is hostile to what they feel are true Catholic values.”  We have also heard from several former, current, and prospective LMU professors who believe that de facto litmus tests are used at LMU to exclude professors with Catholic religious beliefs. In some cases, these professors had the ‘wrong’ view (a Catholic view) on marriage. In other cases, they encountered a ‘red flag’ because of their opposition to abortion or because they were perceived as ‘too conservative’ in their religious beliefs. Catholics like these are warmly welcomed into the LMU community as donors, trustees, or parents paying tuition, but these Catholics experience a rather cool reception or outright rejection as professors.  We believe that professors with Catholic religious beliefs should be treated fairly in recruitment, hiring, as well as in appointment to committees, directorships, and endowed chairs at Loyola Marymount University.

So, we encourage Catholics who believe they have been subject to unfair treatment to come forward and, confidentially or publicly, to make their voices heard. Tell us about your personal experience. Catholics should not face discrimination, exclusion, or adverse treatment at any university, let alone at a Catholic university funded by many Catholic donors and Catholic parents.

5 thoughts on “Catholic Professors Claim Hostile Environment at Loyola Marymount University

  1. An Inclusive Gathering Song for the Whole University Community

    (Sung to the tune of “All are Welcome” by Marty Haugen; written by StatusquoLMU.)

    Let us build a house where progressives speak

    Where Truth is ‘true for you’

    Where no conservative dares to seek

    A professorship at L.M.U.

    Take their money; suppress their viewpoint

    Open checkbooks; close their mouths

    We want their cash, not their input

    All are welcome, all are welcome,

    All are welcome in their place

    Let us build a house where liberals dwell

    But all can freely give

    A place where atheists and dissenters tell

    The students how to live

    Our shared Catholic mission

    Means whatever you want it to mean

    We welcome all to make a donation

    All are welcome, all are welcome,

    All are welcome in their place

    Let us reinforce the status quo,

    If you call Pope John Paul Great

    You are welcome here to donate dough

    But forget the professorate

    Built on faithful Catholics’ money

    Seeking to serve the Catholic faith

    Here we deconstruct what they held holy

    All are welcome, all are welcome,

    All are welcome in their place

  2. My personal suggestion is just let the alumni money dry up. The students are NOT learning let alone practicing their Catholic faith. Why are parents spending their thousands of dollars to basically end up with these young men and women becoming atheists from a basically secular University?

    And post Status Quo LMU all over the Campus. See the reaction of the parents.
    Suggest they send their next college hopeful to the Franciscan University of Stubenville.
    It is one of a very few Catholic Univ.’s that have NOT yet become degenerate.

  3. I HAVE FELT THAT LOYOLA HAS BEEN ON THIS TRACK FOR A LONG TIME AND THAT IS THE REASON THAT I WILL NOT DONATE TO A LIBERAL TEACHING AND THINKING COLLEGE THAT DOES NOT STAND UP FOR THE CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHY AND TEACHINGS.

  4. When I arrived at LMU in the late summer of 1972, as one of the last students to matriculate at Loyola University, it was apparent that the school was already heavily secularized. Some lay members of the faculty were not merely irreligious, but openly hostile to Catholic beliefs. Does anyone else remember the Biology Department faculty member who sported IUD earbobs? And how long had the Health Center physicians been providing prescriptions for contraceptives before someone caught on in, oh, was it the spring of 1973? Thankfully, the Jesuit presence was still strong enough at the time to ensure that Catholic students would not be marginalized. Nothing would make me happier than to see true renewal of the Christian mission of LMU. We should never abandon hope that the Holy Spirit may help those capable of leading and effecting such renewal to do so. Let us remember to pray daily for that.

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