Friday, September 25, 2009

Cardinal Verses Parking Garage

JACK DUNN, a spokesman for Boston College, is quoted in the article “Church seeks to move body of O’Connell,’’ as saying: “Out of respect for the cardinal, we do not believe that it is appropriate to have a grave site on a college campus, especially at a site in close proximity to a proposed parking facility.’’

Is this really a convincing reason for removing the remains of Cardinal William H. O’Connell from the crypt where they have rested for the past 65 years?

Does Dunn not know that there are many graves on the campuses of other Jesuit colleges and universities such as the College of the Holy Cross, Georgetown, and Santa Clara?

Beyond his questionable statement, there is the disturbing message that his words send to BC’s graduates about how it regards one of its more distinguished alumni.

The Rev. Vincent A. Lapomarda, S.J.

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