Saturday, February 21, 2009

Reason Prevails at BC

From America Magazine:

Students returning to class this semester at Boston College
found a surprise: crucifixes adorning their classrooms. This
traditional Catholic image has been a lightning rod in many
Catholic colleges and universities over the last few decades,
as schools struggled to make all students, no matter what
their religious belief (agnostics and atheists included), feel
welcome and at the same time strove to maintain the elusive
goal of “Catholic identity.” The move stirred dissent
among some students and faculty at B.C. “I can hardly
imagine a more effective way to denigrate the faculty of an
educational institution,” said one faculty member to a campus
newspaper. In response, William P. Leahy, S.J., the college’s
president, said, “By what logic would someone expect
a Catholic college or university to be non-Catholic?”

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