Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Personal Aside: An Appeal to BishopsConsider the Nuclear Option for CINOs.
What can authenticist Catholics do about Notre Dame which has invited Barack Obama to be its 2009 commencement speakeran invitation Obama has accepted?
Catholics can (a) write the president, Rev. John Jenkins, CSC but will get a very nice letter back. They can (b) write the president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Francis George and they will get a very short, crisp letter back saying he does not have jurisdiction over Notre Dame, thank you and please pray for me as I pray for you as we pray for all etc.,etc., etc.
They can (c) write the bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Bishop John Michael DArcy and ask him to pressure Notre Dame to change its mind. They will get a pro-forma letter back.
They can (d) make a list of the trustees of the university and write them, try to pressure them. Not very effective.
Finally, by organizing a group of alumni they can write to and visit the bishop, Bishop DArcy and urge him to employ the nuclear option. The nuclear option belongs to every Ordinarythe power to remove the Catholic identification from the offending school. A negotiation can begin where the Ordinary says that unless the university behaves like a Catholic institution, it should not misrepresent itself as one.
There is no doubt that for an Ordinary to do this is to go to war with the virulent secular mainstream media which will label him as a Torquemada (after Tomas de Torquemada [1420-98] who by dint of ancient myth is listed as being the arch-enemy of the free, speculative intellect and occupies the same level in secular media Hell as ugh! pro-lifers and ultimately Dick Cheney. Grossly untrue but given how much mythologizing the media do with Obama, how can you rectify 600 plus years? To media which oversimplify everything, a Catholic university doesnt orchestrate fervently anti-Catholic, anti-life crusades, it is interfering with academic freedom. Not withstanding that the entire university system of the West was organized under Catholic, monastic auspices since the University of Paris and Oxford. Who cares? What is history to a liberal?
Assuredly, for an Ordinary to even raise the possibility of stripping Catholic identity will strike a match that could launch a revolution to reclaiming Catholic universities. And face it, its better for them and for the Church if they lose the ID since they wont be falsely advertising their wares and we wont have to endure the embarrassment of belonging to a Church that stands for one thing and seeing a so-called Catholic university like DePaul and Loyola doing another such as the active promotion of Queer Studies: 101 aka how to become a gay.
You can write letters of protest until youre blue in the face to presidents of universities and nothing will happen. For one thing, university presidents are prisoners of the system theyre fund-raisers named for malleability a and diplomacy to get along with faculty, trustees, big givers. Universities are run largely by all-powerful faculties, meaning theyre on auto-pilot all powerful trustees composed of fat cat Babbitts and callous pols. The name of the game is big bucks but that only comes from prestige. Line up a famous professor by paying him big bucks and your college has prestige. Line up a president to speak at your commencement and your college has prestige and then crass graduating students can say my college has the president of the United States as commencement speaker and yours doesntnyaa, nyaa!
But if there is a concerted program to find ONE bishop ONE bishop who will consider the nuclear option against an offending CINO Catholic-in-name-only university a revolution can be engendered that will turn the thing around. It may or may not in the one in Fort Wayne-South Bend. I can tell you one thing: dont waste your time in this town until a few years down the pike when theres a change.
Obviously a net gain will be won if only one behemoth CINO factory that call themselves CatholicCatholics-in-name-only or CINOs loses its Catholic designation. Better for the Church, better for us. Better for America.