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Marquette and L’affaire McAdams

​Libs have been lying in wait for this outspoken professor, got him suspended.​

Howard Kainz on the suspension of Marquette professor John McAdams, who dared to defend academic freedom on a Catholic campus.

<—– John McAdams

With the ongoing advocacy of gay marriage and mandatory attendance at “sensitivity” classes, pressures on faculty at universities to avoid doing or saying anything “politically incorrect” have significantly increased.

A recent example, which has entered into national headlines, arose when a graduate student in philosophy, Cheryl Abbate, teaching a course on ethics at Marquette University, was discussing John Rawls’ “Equal Liberty” principle, which affirms individual freedom unless the rights of others are impugned.​

​Read all about at The Catholic Thing.

You know us, Kathleen. Not to worry.

Let not this Sebelius appearance stand for university integrity, hearing all sides, etc. 

There is no clash of ideas in the holding up of a commencement speaker for all to see, no intellectual honesty for which Jesuits et al. at Georgetown are to be praised.  Nothing like any of that.  Just politics. 

They say, We’re with you, Sebelius, you can count on us.

Down with Capitalism, says Jesuit

Well, heck, he’s down in S. America, where it’s paddy-bar-the-door when it comes to left-wing economic analysis   Read it here: Crisis and survival.

But God knows how many Norteamericanos applaud him, in or out of the Jesuits.

Wuxtry, Obama newsletter on yr doorstep

Today’s Obama Reelection Newsletter (ORN), also known as Sun-Times, arrived safely.  It’s a handy package, slips into outer-coat pocket, easy for taking onto Green Line (or other) train or bus or even into church!

On page 3, left third, length of page, we find the Maximum Leader in an AP story (the ORN is also your best source for AP stories), saying he “would not hesitate to attack Iran to keep it from getting a nuclear bomb.”  Not if the political adviser told him it was a no-brainer, no he would not hesitate to do it or lots of other things. 

But that is not the issue here, where he also warns against “loose talk of war” (his words), which I call having cake and eating it.  Look, he’s running for reelection, right?  Don’t be so picky.

Next to him, also on p. 3, down the middle (which is not how ORN editors play things, hardly), is “IN A RUSH TO LEAVE: 7th  advertiser pulls out of Limbaugh’s show” (also AP, not linkable at S-T site).

Which follows Sunday p. 3A’s “Limbaugh apologizes for calling woman slut” (AP again), giving Sandra Fluke’s age as 30 without a blink sans reference to correction elswhere offered.

Which followed Saturday p. 2’s huge “OBAMA WADES INTO RUSH’S ‘SLUT’ STORM,” (AP, though not so identified), which spills onto p. 3 and (guess what?) a heroic head shot of The Leader, shaking a semi-fist, thumb exposed.

All in all, Saturday’s was a two-fer of the first order, boosting The Leader for trashing that man at WLS, Rushbo.

So goes the Newsletter, on your doorstep seven days at a reasonable price if you like good partisan fun.

Wheeling Jesuit protest

Supporters are invited to speak up for the fired Jesuit president on a new website, “Save! Wheeling Jesuit University”:

Welcome

It is with great sorrow that we come together today with the departure of our president and dear friend, Fr. Julio Giulietti, S.J. We have all come here to seek the truth, and to know and understand what has happened within the university walls and what has become of the reputation of WJU. In this light, please invite anyone to read the blog and feel free to comment as you wish.

Giulietti was abruptly removed as president earlier this month by his fellow Jesuits acting as the university’s trustees.

Giulietti is shown in a picture with the caption: “Officially still the President of WJU.”

The latest posting is by Charles L. Currie, S.J., who calls Giulietti “a friend and colleague for many years” and tries to pour oil on troubled waters:

No one “wins” in such a situation and the demands of necessary confidentiality prevent folks knowing all the details. I am satisfied that good people on both sides seriously disagreed on what was best for the University and a decision had to be made.

It follows a letter posted yesterday by a supporter who cites “dissent” by Fr. Ed Glynn, S.J., a former WJU trustee, former president of three Jesuit universities, and former superior of the Jesuits’ Maryland Province, who objects to the firing.

The writer, John W. Hwee, of Chestnut Hill, Mass.:

There have been no allegations or evidence of any immoral, unethical, illegal or fiduciary negligent acts by Father Julio. I am appalled and disgusted, but not completely surprised by the underhanded actions of some members of the Board of Directors.

He finds especially “disheartening”

the action of the three Jesuit Trustees [who] fired Father Giulietti without the two-thirds [required] approval [by] the Board of Directors, without the full attendance of the Trustees and while Father Julio was on vacation.

At one point, Giulietti said he would sue the Jesuits.  But there has been no report of a suit.

McGuire to the dock

Rev. Donald McGuire, ex-SJ, goes to trial in another courtroom Oct. 6, this time federal, in Chicago.  Among accusations in the prosecutorial filing is that he told one victim

that pornography was “like artwork, comparable to the paintings in the Sistine Chapel.”

This time he is charged with molesting

an underage boy during overseas travels in 2000. That person, now a college student, is expected to testify at a trial set to begin Oct. 6 in Chicago’s federal court.

So are four other alleged victims to testify if prosecutors have their way, each allegedly abused between 1989 and 1999.  They said in their filing:

“His technique, victim after victim, was substantially the same: Isolate the boy from his family; use his role as a Catholic priest to induce the boy to talk about sex in the context of confession; progress to use of pornographic magazines and videos to heighten the sexual discussion; incorporate physical contact . . .”

McGuire was found guilty in Wisconsin for molestation that occurred in the 60s and has that case on appeal.  Trial in Arizona awaits him on charges of molesting two Phoenix brothers from 1998 to 2002.  He’s being held in the federal lockup in the Loop.

His lawyer, Stephen Komie, recently lost a case in Illinois’ LaSalle County in which a man was found guilty of possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver, after a two-hour bench trial.

The client, who had prior convictions for drug dealing, battery, trespass and disorderly conduct, belonged to a family, several members of which were convicted of drug offenses in the past year in La Salle County Circuit Court.

As for McGuire, Komie said he

continues to think that the alleged victims are making false accusations to reap a financial settlement from the church.

Having talked with McGuire supporters, I find this easy to believe.  In conversation, they make a lengthy, fervent case against the accusers, especially those in Arizona, where the trial has not been scheduled.

Hands off, Father

And if they do it, will they be turned in by alert lay person?

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a detailed list of inappropriate behaviors for priests, saying they should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children.

The newest version of the archdiocese’s Decree on Child Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggyback rides.

But it says priests may still shake children’s hands, pat them on the back and give high-fives.

A Chicago Jesuit in the early ‘60s, studying in Rome, was given to probably innocent displays of affection.  But when a mother saw him hugging a kid in the roadway, she flew out the house and pulled the kid away, spouting fearsome commentary.

He told about it on his return to the States, degreed and ready to teach.  I thought nothing of it except to wonder at Italian parents’ worry about us cassock-wearers.  Doesn’t look so simple now.

The priest later was credibly accused of displaying unwarranted affection to coeds, telling them it wasn’t a sin because he was a priest.  Not simple at all.

Jesuits thinking globally

This sort of thing makes me wonder if Jesuits have their heads screwed on right:

Confronting terrorism by police methods is frequently derided as ineffective, and military means are promoted as an appropriate tool for combating terrorists. But criminal prosecution against the 1993 World Trade Center bombers proved more successful than the military campaign against Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. The ’93 bombers are in prison; bin Laden is still at large.

Egad, they see it as Obama vs. U.S.  “War” is not what’s happening.  Maddening.

Moreover, they have found the enemy, and the enemy is us.

[I]In the years ahead our country must still come to grips with our national acquiescence to the politics of fear, which has led to the detention and abuse of hundreds of individuals. Among the necessary steps will be restoration of freedom to innocent detainees, accompanied by public apology and some monetary restitution for the years they lost to incarceration.  [Italics added]

 

What else did that day see?

Given Adolfo Nicolás’ almost five decades of ministry in Japan — and their effect on his outlook — the day since his election has seen the 30th “Black Pope” being repeatedly compared to the 28th.

Yes.  That would be the newly elected “general” of the Jesuits.  Like the 28th, Pedro Arrupe, he spent much time in Japan.  Much more is noted by blogger Rocco Palmo, a much published Philadelphian who writes from America for The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly published in London.

Fine.  But I expect there’s another likeness, that as a Jesuit novice blogged a year or so ago, in his first half year as a Jesuit, a Jesuit general “literally has his finger on the pulse of the planet.”

He doesn’t, of course, and I entered into dialog with the young man in order to remind him gently that he may literally has his finger on the pulse of a novice but not of the planet.  Alas, by the time he cut me off from comment on his blog, he had made it brutally clear that he had no idea of the meaning of “literal,” nor any sense of its being the opposite of “figurative.”

He’d come to the Society fresh off a respectable state university campus and had apparently met usual Jesuit requirements as to gray matter and literacy but nonetheless thought the Jesuit general took global pulses.

  This I found more disheartening than if he’d denied the Trinity, which he may yet do, who knows?

 

He will help us find ourselves?

New head man for Jesuits has non-Western tilt?

It’s been 46 years since Father Adolfo Nicolás first traveled to Japan as a missionary from Spain. His has been a long conversation, first in Japan, but also in Korea and more recently in the Philippines. It’s left him convinced that the West does not have a monopoly on meaning and spirituality, and can learn a lot from the experience of Asian cultures.

He’s Spanish-born Adolfo Nicolas,

ordained in Tokyo in 1967 and spent most of his career in the Far East – directing a pastoral institute in Manila, in the Philippines, and holding leadership positions in Japan.

Let us not rush to judgment, but let us confess our bias toward Western values and suspicion of those who lean East.

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