Skip to comments.Boston College Jesuit Law School in Disarray Over Prof's Defense of Marriage
Posted on 09/25/2009 7:45:37 AM PDT by Pyro7480
On September 15, 2009, StandForMarriageMaine.com released a television ad which featured Scott Fitzgibbon, a professor at Boston College Law School, arguing in defense of marriage between one man and one woman. He encouraged Maine voters to vote "yes" on an upcoming ballot referendum which aims to overturn state legislation which legalized homosexual "marriage" last May.
Complaints from fellow faculty members at Boston College, a Jesuit-affiliated school, soon began piling up. Merely one day after the ad aired, Boston College Law Dean John Garvey issued a letter to the BC law community, writing, "Several of you have contacted my office to express your anger at Scott's actions, and it is hard for me to see any of our students, faculty, or staff offended or hurt by the words of others."
Rather than praising Fitzgibbon's public defense of a Catholic teaching, Dean Garvey wrote that Fitzgibbon's "public statements represent his own opinions ... and do not state any official position of Boston College Law School." Garvey defended Fitzgibbons' participation in the advertisement but also seemed to welcome faculty opposition to Catholic teaching.
"We also have faculty members who hold a contrary view, which they too are free to express publicly," he wrote. "Many have done so while referring to themselves as BC Law professors. One of them has publicly led the fight to oppose the Solomon Amendment on the grounds that it is an affront to gay and lesbian students and prospective members of the U.S. military. Others have taken controversial positions on such subjects as abortion, euthanasia, and the treatment of detainees."
Three days after Fitzgibbon's pro-traditional marriage ad aired, a group of 76 "Individual Faculty and Administrators at Boston College Law School," including Dean Garvey, issued the following statement : "The undersigned members of the faculty and administration at Boston College Law School feel that it is important to reaffirm our belief in the equality of all of our students. We are proud of the fact that Boston College Law School was one of the first law schools in the country to include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination pledge, and we reaffirm our commitment to making our institution a welcome and safe place for all students, including LGBT students."
Are there any real Catholics colleges in this country?
“Get out of my house!” - You know who
I wish everyone, in this politically correct world, would realize one thing. As recently as 10 years ago, you would not have gotten in trouble for expressing an opinion that marriage is or should be between 1 man and 1 woman.
How did we get to the point where expressing the opinion that marriage should be a man and a woman is hateful to the homosexual community?
I know it’s PC to say that we should have homosexual marriage and all that. I just don’t understand how this movement has moved so swiftly, that it’s now controversial to say that marriage should stay a man and a woman.
The Newman Society put out this guide on Catholic Colleges that are faithful to the tenets of the Church:
How dare a faculty member at an ostensibly Catholic academic institution promote Catholic teaching!
see my #7
Church Discipline Anybody?
A movement needs to start that will end all contributions, endowments, etc. to these(colleges,universities) liberal cesspools. Conservative alumni need to start walking away from these slime pits.
And...just what IS the official position of the Boston College Law School as regards gay marriage?
What? Haven't the guts to state it for the record?
Well, this is in Boston, so I’m sure the Cardinal is on it.
My guess is that a lay board now governs Boston College’s institutions, just in the case of Notre Dame, and isn’t subject to the same chain of command as a seminary might.
One would THINK that the privilege of the School to call itself Catholic is at the pleasure of the Catholic church. And if the School raises scandal against that church, said church has a right to rescind that privilege. But we could hold our breaths for a long time before something sensible like that ever happens.
It seems the Catholic church as a body is subsidiary-ing itself to death. Rome won’t move even though it’s obvious the locals aren’t going to. (The same goes for the Notre Dame / Obama situation.)
Or maybe should I say subsidiarity-ing. Someone fill me in on the appropriate term.
This is why Boston College is known as “Fredo”, in memory of Michael Corleone’s weak and stupid brother. Fredo went against the family; he got whacked in the middle of Lake Tahoe.
John Iscariot Jenkins has got to go.
Is Jenkins somehow in the middle of this one too? (I don’t know)
The Church should call them to remove the “Jesuit” title.