In last week’s issue, the Foghorn’s news section printed the cover story “Senate Resolves USF Controversy Around Fr. Fitz Statements and Microaggressions on Campus.” The opening statement read, “For the past several weeks, ASUSF Senate has been in the process of trying to pass two resolutions, both addressing controversial topics from the past semester: USF President the Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.’s public denouncement of same-sex marriage after this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade…” and so on. As the author of this article and editor of the news section, I urge Foghorn readers to disregard this error, and I would like to apologize to Fitzgerald for incorrectly portraying his relationship with LGBTQ+ members of the USF community.
Working under deadline, I did not attempt to reach out to Fitzgerald for a quote, which is the largest contributing factor to this faulty reporting. Fitzgerald allowed a secondary interview with the Foghorn to address the issue, stating, “Since my arrival [to USF], I’ve been very consistent in my support of every member of this community, including LGBTQ members, and even married members. My job is to make sure that we are inclusive and supportive. It’s our responsibility to include their full dignity.”
It should be noted that University social media co-manager Matt Nazario-Miller tweeted from the university account on June 26, 2015, the same day of the Supreme Court hearing that ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in the Obergefell v. Hodges case. The following day, Fitzgerald attended the San Francisco Pride Parade alongside members of the USF community in support of LGBTQ+ members. On July 10, 2015, the tweet was removed from the official USF twitter account, and Fitzgerald’s statements regarding the tweet were published in an article on the Cardinal Newman Society July 16.
“I take the question of campus climate very seriously, and I value inclusive excellence,” said Fitzgerald. “Every member of this diverse community is respected by every other member. We need to educate each other.”