Freedom for the LDAs

Freedom for the LDAs

The University of San Francisco is a Catholic, Jesuit university. Well, it’s Jesuit. Of course, you’d be hard-pressed to identify the Catholic identity of the university as it consistently runs away from it, rejecting Catholic teaching at every turn. Take this memo from USF’s faculty assocation that crossed my desk this morning:

Now that we have ratified the contract amendment providing Legally Domiciled Adult benefitsy Domiciled Adult. I bet you thought you were a legally domiciled adult. You’re over 18 and you pay rent or a mortgage or even allowed to live there for free. You’re certainly not a squatter. But that’s not what LDA is about.

No, it’s goal is to counter the ancient patriarchal bondage that forces a man and a woman to actually marry before they are granted the benefits of marriage. That’s not fair to two men or two women who can’t marry (although San Francisco solved that for them, right?) or a man and a woman who don’t want the fascist oppression of matrimony forced upon them.

Ain’t it wonderful? Now they can gather for their free-trade coffee and vegan hors d’oeuvres reception, to applaud themselves for their intellectual rigorism that allows them to be such bold free-thinkers, shedding the simplistic bonds of civilization and sneering down their tweed sleeves at the unwashed masses who still think that lifelong bonds of commitment and love between a man and a woman for the benefit of raising children are something to be desired. After all, the academics will now get health benefits without the male chauvinist spectacle of a wedding (which perpetuates the “fairy-tale princess” archetype that keeps women from realizing their true freedom, yadda, yadda, yadda).

Oh how enlightened we’ve become.

By the way, Fr. Privett’s been busy. In January he was busy giving the blessing to Mayor Gavin “Marry them all; Let God sort them out” Newsom’s new administration. I know we believe in ex opere operato, but is it possible the blessing didn’t work? Or did he accidentally invoke a curse? Oops.

Pass the brie

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli