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Problem Theologian Named Chair of Univ. St. Thomas (Minn.) Strategic Committee

The new president of the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Minnesota has named a professor, whose views have often put her at odds with Church teaching, as co-chair of the University’s long-range strategic steering committee considering issues such as academic excellence and Catholic identity.

President Dr. Julie Sullivan, the first lay president of UST, made headlines during her convocation speech in September, when she mentioned the University’s commitment to inclusiveness of gays and lesbians “regardless of the gender of their spouse.”

Now Dr. Sullivan has named Dr. Corrine Carvalho, a professorof theology, as one of two chairs of a strategic, long-range steering committee for the University.

Carvalho had been the faculty adviser for UST Allies and even now “likes” Catholics for Marriage Equality and Marriage Equality Minnesota, both advocates for same-sex marriage, on her Facebook page.

The name Corrine Carvalho, listed as a professor at St. Thomas, appears on a 2009 statement entitled “Appropriate Next Steps for the ELCA [Evangelical Lutheran Church in America].” That statement “affirmed” the work of a Lutheran taskforce that advocated allowing people involved in “same-gender relationships” to serve as clergy.

As director of the Luann Dummer Center for Women at UST, a post she held until 2012, Carvalho reportedly brought in pro-abortion rights writers such as New York Times columnist Gail Collins, radical feminist Susan Faludi, and Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift.

Carvalho once signed an “open letter” supporting Sister Elizabeth Johnson after the U.S. bishops formally announced that the nun’s book Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God was not suitable for use in Catholic colleges. 

The committee, according to Dr. Robinson, will have as one of its responsibilities establishing subcommittees to address issues such as academic excellence and Catholic identity.

“One of my priorities since becoming president of St. Thomas has been to launch a strategic planning process that engages the community in envisioning and creating the future of our outstanding University,” Robinson announced, “and I am excited to let you know today that we are under way!”

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