Jun 7, 2005

Smarter than the average Buddha

No, this is not Jellystone University.

It's Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles.

And its not Yogi Bear they're talking about.

It's Yoga, Buddha (aka Boo boo), Vishnu, Kali and Krishna.

I must admit that I have not carefully studied the university catalog, but it would not surprise me at all to find LMU offering a degree major in Paganism with a minor in Catholicism.

If I am not mistaken, Loyola Marymount University was founded and is staffed by the religious order known as THE SOCIETY OF SHIVA, the KALI-fornia province. To visit their website, click HERE.

Take a look at these tantalizing summer course offerings.


Blogger skeetor said...

G.K. Chesterton - "These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own. "

What exactly is wrong with the water there in LA!!!!

12:13 AM  
Blogger Clayton said...

Does anyone know what happened at the "Buddhist Prayer Service" at the Cathedral on Monday night? I'm serious. I found the event listed on the Cathedral's website.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Daniel Muller said...

Say, Mr Clayton, that was a really frightening link! Very puzzling, too. When is a Buddhist Prayer Service a Mass, and a Mass not a Liturgy? On the OLA Cathedral Web site.

Although I was non-plussed to see a verboten piano recital listed (I am a pianist and I can tell you that there is virtually no sacred music written for piano), I was a little relieved to see that it was not categorized as a Mass. Or the Liturgy of the Hours.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

But there are good things about LMU. For example, Prof. James Hanink of the Philosphy Department is the associate editor of the New Oxford Review and is involved in the pro-life movement trying to shut down an abortiuary in Inglewood. Also, Philosophy Prof. Christopher Kaczor, who got his PhD from Notre Dame under Ralph McInerny, is the moderator of the Student Pro-Life Group.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one has substantiated the rumor that former LMU President Thomas P. O'Malley, S.J., was forced to quietly resign because of an affair with a male adult in the campus adiministration back in the late '90s.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

How about a look at the entire set of course offerings? Shocking to see that they are also teaching courses on Christ and the New Testament. Yoga may not be your cup of tea--or mine--but that's certainly not all they are offering:


7:47 AM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

Oh Geez. Dr. Jeffrey Siker, who is teaching the New Testament class, is a Presbyterian (of the liberal mainline variety). He divorced former LMU professor Louke Van Wensveen to marry Judy Siker. Then the infamous Dr. Connolly was on the front page of the LA Times a few years ago refusing to sign the mandatum for Catholic theology professors disobeying Pope John Paul II's apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesia and canon law. Let us not forget "Dr. Death" James Walter, chair of bioethics, writing to the court against feeding and giving drink to Terry Schiavo. May LMU repent before it falls of the bluff into Playa Vista like the possesed herd of swine falling of the cliff in the New Testament.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Clayton said...

This week's Tidings clears up the whole question about why Mass and a Buddhist prayer service coincided at the Cathedral last week. It's an article by the presider at that liturgy.

Why am I not surprised that, among the Church documents he references, Dominus Iesus is conspicuously absent? Cough. Wheeze.

12:12 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...


I see that Father Michael Crosby, OFM. Cap. is teaching this summer at LMU. He is a frequent speaker at the gatherings of the anti-Catholic group, Call to Action, as well as a favorite at Mahony's annual Religious Education Congress. He has written a number of books, the most notable and probably best read of them being, THE DYSFUNCTIONAL CHURCH. In that book, on page 7, he writes: "It is my contention that the ‘deadly disease’ undermining the church in our day is the addiction of the papacy and its extension in the hierarchy to the preservation of the male, celibate model of the church."

You may agree with that sentiment and hence you see no difficulty with the course offerings at LMU. But the truth is that anyone who would write those words or agree with those words has in some sense walked away from the Catholic faith.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous CS said...

Right on, Q! No one was denying that they offer New Testament or Christology; the very fact that such pagan shenanigans were allowed at LMU is enough to raise questions about its Catholicity.

6:07 PM  

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