Monsignor Sal Pilato was appointed to the Priest Personnel Board in August 2005 and Superintendent of High Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2008. He is involved in the Engaged Encounter Movement and is a founding board member of the Emerald Bay Alumni Association. He holds membership in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Council of the Social Studies. He is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. He was named a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Every year, thousands of young Catholics leave their homes for higher education at our nation’s colleges and universities. Very few realize, however, that from orientation day onward, they will be indoctrinated with a vision of reality that is very different from the values their families hold dear. Sadly, many of our young people will fall prey to one or more of the dominant ideologies engrained in their college education, ideologies that can lead them away from the Church and, ultimately, their faith in God. Students who are not taught how to think critically or who lack the tools needed to sift through the logic of these positions are easily swayed by the smooth sophistry of the intellectual elite.For this reason, twelve of the top Catholic writers in America—professors, priests, journalists, philosophers, and theologians—have come together in the book Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind, to dissect the trendy ideas that can lead young Catholics away from the Church.