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Loyola Marymount Faces Criticism About Commitment to Catholic Identity

The Renew LMU Coalition at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA is a group of alumni, parents, and donors who are working to strengthen LMU’s Catholic mission and identity. In recent months this group has been more public in opposing actions that have been occurring on LMU’s Campus that they feel are incongruent with LMU’s Catholic heritage. Some of these actions include a student run bake sale to raise money for Planned Parenthood, an initiative to respect and recognize chosen names and pronouns, and the suspected removal of a statue of St. Junipero Serra.

Peter Jesserer Smith of the National Catholic Register Writes:

Students and alumni concerned about Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles’ Catholic identity have launched renewed protests following a series of controversies, arguing the university needs to make a course correction in order to be faithful to its founding principles.


The RenewLMU coalition  held two protests in December, and is planning a petition demanding the board of trustees compel President Timothy Snyder’s administration act to strengthen positively the university’s Catholic identity or find new leadership that will.


The protests focused principally on the administration’s recent handling of a preferred pronouns controversy, a Planned Parenthood bake sale, and the de facto removal of St. Junipero Serra’s statue — in addition to the university’s failures to promote or uphold its Catholic identity on campus.


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