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Posted on 03/10/2008 2:59:22 PM PDT by bs9021
CINO in Camelot by: Malcolm A. Kline, March 10, 2008
Oddly, even reporters on the education beat seem to have failed to grasp the significance of a meeting that took place 44 years ago of the Catholics they like to cover the mostthe Kennedy family and Jesuit theologians.
We have shown how the Tipping Point, as journalist Malcolm Gladwell might put it, for Catholic Higher Education came in 1967. That was when the presidents of the oldest, established Catholic colleges and universities met at one of themNotre Dameand declared their independence from all authority lay and clerical.
From there, it was only a matter of time until they faced the very real danger of becoming Catholic in Name Only. We now learn that the seeds for that meeting in 67 may have been planted at least three years before Notre Dame President Theodore Hesburgh presided over the Land O Lakes conclave.
We can see that the earlier gabfest provided quite a few previews of coming attractions in Catholic higher education. In July 1964, several liberal theologians received invitations to the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, for a discussion of how a Catholic politician should handle the abortion issue, Philip F. Lawler writes in The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Bostons Catholic Culture. Notice now that abortion was not a major political issue in 1964.
Ostensibly the meeting had been called to provide advice for Robert Kennedy, who was running for a New York Senate seat. Among those present:
Father Charles Curran, later of Catholic University; Father Joseph Fuchs, then at Romes Gregorian University; Father Richard McCormick later of Georgetown and Notre Dame; Then-Father Albert Jonsen, later of the University of San Francisco; Giles Milhaven....
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I noticed that by the time Fr. Drinan died, just a couple of years ago, that he looked for all the world like a wizened old demon. I can understand why.