May 26, 2008

Pope Benedict did read the riot act to Catholic college presidents, but they won't admit it

The George Weigel column in this week's issue of The Tidings (click on this post's title) quotes the juicy parts of Pope Benedict XVI's address to Catholic college presidents last month.

Lots of these presidents, including some West Coast ones, are claiming they do not have to do anything to get into compliance with the Pope's address.

They are kidding themselves and deceiving us. We should forever quote them this papal counsel and tell them they can't slither away from it:

"....I wish to affirm the great value of academic freedom.... Yet ... any appeal to the principle of academic freedom in order to justify positions that contradict the faith and the teaching of the Church would obstruct or even betray the university's identity and mission; a mission at the heart of the Church's [teaching mission] and not somehow ... independent of it."

We should always be grateful for, and support, good, faithful, pro-life, vocations-fostering Catholic colleges such as Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula -- -- and Christendom College in Virginia -- -- and others, too.

Kudos to the Tidings for publishing George Weigel's truth-telling column.


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