Wednesday, May 26, 2010


In a full-page ad in Monday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel nearly two-hundred faculty members from two Jesuit institutions—Seattle University and Marquette University—condemned Marquette’s decision to rescind an offer to Jodi O’Brien to become Marquette’s dean of arts and sciences, “condemned the involvement of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and other outside influences in this decision,” and stated “that the appropriate response to the current situation is for the offer of the Deanship of the College of Arts and Sciences to be extended again immediately to Dr. O’Brien with an apology.” Insubordination
The full details (here) at Religion on our Campuses.

One Jesuit, Fr. Josef V. Venker, S.J., Seattle University Assistant Professor of Fine Arts signed the petition. Find the complete list (here)


Anonymous said...

The Catholic Church is pretty schizophrenic about the issue of homosexuality - or is it that the Jesuits tend to be on the left side of issues? It does get complicated: if you deny hiring staff because of beliefs on sexual orientation, wouldn't that extend to students, at least to the implication that queers are not encouraged to apply.

Anonymous said...

Students can be taught the values of the Catholic faith by professors who, perhaps among several reasons, chose a Catholic college because they supposedly have them and want to exemplify them.

It´s unreasonable to expect a Catholic college or university to be indifferent to values contrary to the Catholic faith. Why would Catholic students want to attend such a college?

Enrique Alonso

Joseph Fromm said...

I was not surprised at the "protest" I was surprised at the number of people willing to sign it. I was also surprised that someone would spring for a "couple of grand" to pay for a full page ad. I wonder who planned and orchestrated the protest?

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but that's not "insubordination."

Anonymous said...

in·sub·or·di·nate (ns-bôrdn-t)
Not submissive to authority: has a history of insubordinate behavior.
insub·ordi·nate n.
insub·ordi·nate·ly adv.
insub·ordi·nation n.
Synonyms: insubordinate, rebellious, mutinous, factious, seditious
These adjectives mean in opposition to and usually in defiance of established authority. Insubordinate implies failure or refusal to recognize or submit to the authority of a superior: was fired for being insubordinate.
Rebellious implies open defiance of authority or resistance to control: rebellious students demonstrating on campus.
Mutinous pertains to revolt against constituted authority, especially that of a naval or military command: mutinous sailors defying the captain.
Factious implies divisiveness, dissension, or disunity within a group or an organization: "The army has been embroiled in a standoff battle against a [hornets'] nest of factious groups" (Time).
Seditious applies mainly to the treasonous stirring up of resistance against a government: rebels distributing seditious pamphlets.

Anonymous said...

There is very little Catholic identiy left in Jesuit Universities. Being Catholic means submitting to the teaching authority of the bishops which of course is outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Failure to do this is to fail to be Catholic. We have a name for those who fail to submit to the teaching authority of the Catholic bishops. We call them Protestants.


Anonymous said...

St. Paul wrote in Romans 1:22-31

While claiming to be wise, they became fools
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.
Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts 15 for the mutual degradation of their bodies.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural,
and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper.
They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips
and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents.
They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

Anonymous said...

Hey--did you swallow a dictionary or something? I'll grant you this: they are not being "submissive to authority," and thank God for that!

For some time now (say, a couple of hundred years) faculty and students have been expressing opinions about intellectual matters and the policies of universities. This is accepted and routinely practiced behavior on most campuses today. It is in line with higher education practices and that of the AAUP.

Anonymous said...

"Being Catholic means submitting to the teaching authority of the bishops which of course is outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church."

No, it doesn't.