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Boston College Jesuit Law School in Disarray Over Prof's Defense of Marriage
LifeSiteNews ^ | 09/24/2009 | n/a

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." 


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bostoncollege; catholic; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; jesuits; lawschool; marriage
What a disgrace!
1 posted on 09/25/2009 7:45:38 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 09/25/2009 7:46:35 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

Are there any real Catholics colleges in this country?


3 posted on 09/25/2009 7:48:42 AM PDT by Radl
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To: Pyro7480

“Get out of my house!” - You know who


4 posted on 09/25/2009 7:48:45 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Pyro7480

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.


5 posted on 09/25/2009 7:50:05 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Radl
Are there any real Catholics colleges in this country?

No!

6 posted on 09/25/2009 7:53:28 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Radl

The Newman Society put out this guide on Catholic Colleges that are faithful to the tenets of the Church:

http://thenewmanguide.com/TableofContents/tabid/506/Default.aspx


7 posted on 09/25/2009 7:53:41 AM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: Pyro7480
Dean Garvey wrote that Fitzgibbon's "public statements represent his own opinions ... and do not state any official position of Boston College Law School."

How dare a faculty member at an ostensibly Catholic academic institution promote Catholic teaching!

8 posted on 09/25/2009 7:56:10 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Don Corleone

see my #7


9 posted on 09/25/2009 7:58:05 AM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: Pyro7480

Church Discipline Anybody?


10 posted on 09/25/2009 7:59:45 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Pyro7480

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.


11 posted on 09/25/2009 8:01:19 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Pyro7480
Fitzgibbon's "public statements represent his own opinions ... and do not state any official position of Boston College Law School."

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?

12 posted on 09/25/2009 8:01:37 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: Pyro7480

Well, this is in Boston, so I’m sure the Cardinal is on it.


13 posted on 09/25/2009 8:01:41 AM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: sr4402

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.


14 posted on 09/25/2009 8:02:43 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Unam Sanctam

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.)


15 posted on 09/25/2009 8:07:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Unam Sanctam

Or maybe should I say subsidiarity-ing. Someone fill me in on the appropriate term.


16 posted on 09/25/2009 8:09:48 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Pyro7480

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.


17 posted on 09/25/2009 8:09:48 AM PDT by nd76
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To: HiTech RedNeck

John Iscariot Jenkins has got to go.


18 posted on 09/25/2009 8:10:51 AM PDT by nd76
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To: nd76

Is Jenkins somehow in the middle of this one too? (I don’t know)


19 posted on 09/25/2009 8:14:42 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Pyro7480

The Church should call them to remove the “Jesuit” title.


20 posted on 09/25/2009 8:21:19 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Radl

My daughter applied to and was accepted at several. Among those I visited I was most impressed by University of Dallas.


21 posted on 09/25/2009 8:26:23 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Pyro7480
Actually, I'm surprised that there is still one faculty member at BC Law School that is not completely out of step with Catholic teaching. I kinda think this is good news. The correct headline here should be positive rather than negative. A better headline might be "BC Professor Courageously Breaks Ranks with Politically Correct Colleagues"

This is academia, folks and BC is simply reflecting the typical north east liberal academic mindset.

There's little Catholic ethos about it.

On a side note, we should remember that schools like this are producing our future judges. It's no surprise that the judiciary is so activist and anti-family when it is being educated by faculty such as this.

22 posted on 09/25/2009 8:27:54 AM PDT by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Is Jenkins somehow in the middle of this one too?

Jenkins and Notre Dame are Holy Cross but BC is Jesuit. I wonder what ND's law school has to say about the topic.

23 posted on 09/25/2009 8:37:09 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: Radl; Don Corleone
The Cardinal Newman Society (Google) lists the following as recommended Catholic colleges in the USA. This is not to say they are perfect expessions of the Kingdom of God on Earth. This is to say they are recognizably and in most cases meritoriously Catholic:

Aquinas College
Nashville, Tennessee

Ave Maria University
Ave Maria, Florida

Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, North Carolina

Benedictine College
Atchison, Kansas

The Catholic University of America
Washington, D.C.

Christendom College
Front Royal, Virginia

The College of Saint Thomas More
Fort Worth, Texas

DeSales University
Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, Ohio

Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Cromwell, Connecticut

John Paul the Great Catholic University
San Diego, California

Magdalen College
Warner, New Hampshire

Mount St. Mary's University
Emmitsburg, Maryland

Providence College
Providence, Rhode Island

Southern Catholic College
Dawsonville, Georgia

St. Gregory's University
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Thomas Aquinas College
Santa Paula, California

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
Merrimack, New Hampshire

University of Dallas
Irving, Texas

University of St. Thomas
Houston, Texas

Wyoming Catholic College
Lander, Wyoming


24 posted on 09/25/2009 8:41:01 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. " George Orwell)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

What about the school in Cicinnati called Thomas something or other. Is that a liberal school or one that follows the church’s teachings?


25 posted on 09/25/2009 8:43:52 AM PDT by Radl
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To: Radl

King’s College in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania is a small Catholic College, but it is known to still true to the Church.

St. Francis University of Steubenville Ohio also genuine Catholic and

Ave Maria University, recently established in Naples, Florida also genuine.


26 posted on 09/25/2009 8:45:53 AM PDT by Seniram US (Quote of the Day: Smile You're An American)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Does a prospective student need to be a Catholic to go to one of these schools?


27 posted on 09/25/2009 8:52:57 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Seniram US

ACC has replaced INRI.


28 posted on 09/25/2009 8:53:15 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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.

Catholics are so queer these days.

And Lutherans.

And Episcopals.

And Presbyterians.

And Methodists.

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29 posted on 09/25/2009 8:53:42 AM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Not at all. In fact BC reserves 10% of it population for international students.


30 posted on 09/25/2009 8:55:55 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Radl
Are there any real Catholics colleges in this country?

None that I know of that have Division 1 football programs. Don't want to p.o. the alums you know.

31 posted on 09/25/2009 8:57:04 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: polymuser

The big mainlines are suffering badly across the board, with a few exceptions. There are a couple or so back-to-the-bible Lutheran synods. If situated deep in the Bible Belt, Methodists are likely to be as fervent as their Baptist brethren.

Catholic churches are spotty in quality across the US. One would think the looie ones would get a flurry of Laodicean warning letters from the hierarchy, but they don’t.


32 posted on 09/25/2009 9:05:11 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: massgopguy

Boston or Benedictine?


33 posted on 09/25/2009 9:05:37 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: LeonardFMason

TRIPLE BUMP!!


34 posted on 09/25/2009 9:10:33 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: EDINVA

I love your tag line!


35 posted on 09/25/2009 9:18:13 AM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: Pyro7480
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.

Is Dean Garvey also a heretic? Does Boston College welcome heretics? Where do they draw the line, or is it all relative? What happened to support for Catholic teaching? Get rid of the vermin; the school will be the better for it.

I applaud Fitzgibbon's public defense of Catholic teaching! Why is not there more? Or does the school also embrace the culture of death?

36 posted on 09/25/2009 9:48:46 AM PDT by olezip
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To: Dilbert San Diego

You are from the real world, eh?

Keep in mind that this is from the University scene-ivory tower Liberal. But, why does this professor get pegged with having it in for gays, lesbians or anyone. It’s not as if he asked to have gay students kicked out of class! He has a legal opinion and it should be treated no differently than another professor arguing a point about pharmaceutical liability.

The critical problem here is that Liberal orthodoxy squelches discussion on certain “sacred cow” subjects, which often characterize frivolous claims of insult as Civil Rights crises.


37 posted on 09/25/2009 9:50:33 AM PDT by jschwartz
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To: Radl

“The recommended Newman Guide colleges are Ave Maria University, Aquinas College (Tenn.), Belmont Abbey College, Benedictine College, The Catholic University of America, Christendom College, The College of Saint Thomas More (Texas), DeSales University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Holy Apostles College & Seminary, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Magdalen College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, St. Gregory’s University, Southern Catholic College, Thomas Aquinas College, The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (N.H.), University of Dallas, University of St. Thomas (Texas), and Wyoming Catholic College.”
There ARE Catholic Catholic colleges in America.
The first one Ave Maria is owned and funded by Tom Monaghan the guy who built Dominos pizza into a billion dollar firm. Tom is a faithful catholic and a Marine.


38 posted on 09/25/2009 10:16:33 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Radl
I'm not sure which college you're referring to; when I did a "search by state" using the search word "Ohio" at the Cardinal Newman Society site, there were 12 search results for Ohio but none of them with the word "Thomas."

Maybe you could go to the Newman Society and use the search word "Thomas" to find the information you're looking for.

39 posted on 09/25/2009 10:19:38 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. " George Orwell)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

No; I don’t think any of them require prospective students to be Catholic.


40 posted on 09/25/2009 10:20:42 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. " George Orwell)
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To: Integrityrocks

thanks... with a tip o’ the hat to G. Bernard Shaw.


41 posted on 09/25/2009 1:25:10 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Support for homo marriage is indicative of the Leftist rot which has grown in our institutions these past 70 years.

I maintain that once governments violate Natural Law and our Unalienable Rights with increasing frequency, the end of civil government is in sight.

Homo marriage is an abomination and affront to Natural Law. There is no God given “right” to perversion and certainly no right for gays to marry.


42 posted on 09/25/2009 1:54:51 PM PDT by Jacquerie (It is only in the context of Natural Law that our Declaration and Constitution form a coherent whole)
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To: Radl; Mrs. Don-o
No Catholic Colleges with the name "Thomas" in Ohio on the wikipedia list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_colleges_and_universities_in_Ohio#Roman_Catholic

The two in Cinci are Xavier Univ. (Jesuit) and College of Mount St. Joseph (Sisters of Charity).

But could you be thinking of Thomas More College (Benedictine Sisters), near Covington, KY, across the river from Cinci?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_More_College_(Kentucky)

43 posted on 09/25/2009 2:28:15 PM PDT by Dajjal (Obama is an Ericksonian NLP hypnotist.)
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To: Pyro7480

Unsurprising, considering:

Robert Drinan, SJ, was Dean of BC Law School before he became a flaming lib Congressman.

Ted Kennedy was a BC trustee.

Fr. Monan SJ, BC Chancellor, was the principal celebrant at Ted Kennedy’s funeral Mass.

Bill Ayers was scheduled to speak at BC a few months ago, and was only cancelled after a local talk show host made noise about it.


44 posted on 09/25/2009 2:46:10 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
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.

My pet theory: anti-discrimination laws, rules, and lawsuit threats cleared out any organizational opposition to homosexual politics within businesses, movie studios, newspapers and universities. These urban or college town institutions set the trend for the country. Colorado's Amendment 2 was the last stand.

Also, childless homosexuals have more time and money to spend on politics and activism. They have less to risk in low-income, high-influence positions like grad student, actor or journalist.

The same erotic networks spread not only HIV and other nasty bugs, but also political solidarity. It'll get worse before it gets better.

For example, the Denver Metro Young Republicans hold many of their meetings at Hamburger Mary's, a diner devoted to gay camp. A GOP that tolerates Dick Cheney's position will fold quickly, unless a second front is opened within the Dems.

45 posted on 09/25/2009 5:33:15 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox (http://twitter.com/kevinjjones)
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To: Pyro7480
"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."

I guess he thought he needed to 'make nice' to the homosexuals at BC., but the Dean of the Law School DIDN'T address the issue Scott Fitzgibbon was supporting in the video. The Church CLEARLY teaches that though we shouldn't discriminate, or treat people badly, based on their sexual orientation, those people should not have the right to the Sacrament of Marriage, because their sexual practices are not fertile; they will NEVER be able to create a child. But even with civil marriage, the Church recognizes the influence on civilization that marriage has, so it's important that it be restricted to the union between one man and one woman.

46 posted on 09/25/2009 7:29:42 PM PDT by SuziQ
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