Sunday, October 19, 2008

Voiced Reservations

University of Loyola Chicago faculty member,
Chris Skrable, talked about the "clashing of identities" that arose as a result of his Catholic faith and his status as a gay man. Skrable served as a Jesuit before leaving the order after three years.
"The sense of integrity is worth it," Skrable said about his coming out process. Although the panel unanimously agreed that Loyola offers a tolerant environment for LGBTQA students, with one panelist saying that "people at Loyola really look at the whole person," Skrable still voiced reservations when it comes to reconciling Catholic teaching with the realities of being gay.

Link (here) to the student newspaper of the University of Loyola - Chicago, entitled the Phoenix

Jesuit bio from 2002

Christopher Skrable
has a BA in psychology from the College of William and Mary and an MA in religious studies from the Catholic University of America. He taught high school theology for two years and has worked as a director of youth ministries at a parish in Virginia. He has done volunteer work in the Dominican Republic; since 1992 he has developed or directed over 100 high school, college, and young adult retreats. (Maryland Province).
Link (here) to the Jesuit magazine called Company.

Skrable at the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (here)


Anonymous said...


Let's fact-check. Skrable was in the Jesuits for three years. Jesuit formation is around 10 years. He left before being ordained. That means he wasn't a priest.

Shouldn't you, the expert on all things Jesuit, know this?

Joseph Fromm said...

The student newspaper at Loyola Chicago published the article and was at the conference. You should take it up with them.

Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Respectfully and thoughtfully may I suggest that you might make note of the error on your blog post instead of further perpetuating the error.

Skrable was never a priest, was a Jesuit for a very short time and, obviously, discerned that he was not called to be a Jesuit.

I realize that noting this decreases the shock value, but it would be more in service of the truth.

Joseph Fromm said...

Dear Fr. Mark
Thank you and I welcome your input. I slightly modified the post.