Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Published: July 9, 2008
“Roman Catholic institution?”

University of San Diego awards honorary professorship to feminist theologian who supports abortion and contraception, and who holds variety of other dissident views

A “feminist theologian” who thinks that God can be called “Gaia,” after the Roman mother-earth goddess, has accepted a one-year honorary professorship at the University of San Diego, according to an announcement by the school, which describes itself on its web site as “a Roman Catholic institution.” Rosemary Radford Ruether will hold the Monsignor John R. Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Theology at USD for the academic year 2009-2010.

Besides being a regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, Ruether holds multiple professorships, has 12 honorary doctorates, and has written a long list of books, including Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing (1992), Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History (2005), and America, Amerikkka: Elect Nation and Imperial Violence (2007). As Portman Chair at USD, Ruether will teach one undergraduate course in the fall of 2009 and will deliver the annual Portman Lecture.


Here is the University webpage which gives the Mission Statement, where it can clearly be seen that the University is taking pride in it's Catholic identity.

Another webpage specifically touts the Catholic identity.

Here is the USD webpage announcing Reuther's appointment.

Reuther is listed on the Dissenting Authors and Speakers List of Our Lady's Warrriors in three categories.

1. Founder of Call to Action
2. Eco-Feminist theology
3. Promotes Catholics for Contraception, a project of the Catholics for a Free Choice organization

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