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Catholic colleges call for reassessment of “Catholics in Political Life” statement
Vox Populi ^ | June 22, 2009 | Juliana Brint

Posted on 06/22/2009 8:08:10 PM PDT by Alex Murphy

At a recent meeting, the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities announced that they would like to see a reexamination of the 2004 “Catholics in Political Life” statement.

The 2004 statement was released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and prohibits Catholic institutions from giving awards, honors or platforms to “those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.” It is often cited by those who disapprove of Catholic schools hosting pro-choice politicians (most notably during the Obama/Notre Dame controversy, but also during the Joe Biden/Georgetown Law incident).

According to the Catholic News Service:

The ACCU’s board of directors would like to see the bishops update or prepare a successor policy to the 2004 statement regarding honors and platforms for speakers at Catholic institutions of higher education, said Richard A. Yanikoski, president of the group …

“Ultimately, that is the problem with the 2004 document. It was written in the moment of political heat,” during the 2004 U.S. presidential election, he said.

He maintained the 2004 statement is incomplete, has internal ambiguities, uses language that is not consistent with canon law, and that its application is subject to interpretation.

Although Georgetown is a member of the ACCU, it does not hold a seat on the board of directors.

Georgetown’s Director of Media Relations Andy Pino wrote in an email, “Georgetown does not have a position independent of the ACCU on this.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholiccolleges; highereducation
The [Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities] board of directors would like to see the bishops update or prepare a successor policy to the 2004 statement regarding honors and platforms for speakers at Catholic institutions of higher education, said Richard A. Yanikoski, president of the group …

“Ultimately, that is the problem with the 2004 document. It was written in the moment of political heat,” during the 2004 U.S. presidential election, he said.

He maintained the 2004 statement is incomplete, has internal ambiguities, uses language that is not consistent with canon law, and that its application is subject to interpretation.

1 posted on 06/22/2009 8:08:10 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

I would like to see we re-examination as well. Tighten the language, ratchet up the rhetoric, make it clear that pro-aborts of any religion have no business getting awards, and include some sanctions.


2 posted on 06/22/2009 8:26:06 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (we also have the duty to avoid prostituting our Catholic identity by appeals to phony dialogue)
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To: Alex Murphy

I wish they’d just pull the Mandata and get it over with.


3 posted on 06/22/2009 8:31:08 PM PDT by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue. http://www.thekingsmen.us/)
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To: Alex Murphy

It should be revised to make it clear that not just Catholic politicians who promote abortion, but any politicians who promote abortion, should be banned, so Notre Dame wouldn’t have this wiggle room.


4 posted on 06/22/2009 8:32:29 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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It should be revised to make it clear that not just Catholic politicians who promote abortion, but any politicians who promote abortion, should be banned, so Notre Dame wouldn’t have this wiggle room.

I could get behind that statement!

5 posted on 06/22/2009 8:38:17 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Theology is the Queen Of The Sciences)
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To: Alex Murphy

Most Catholic schools won’t allow pro-life groups, or at least make it very difficult for them. Any professor who lends aid to these groups will not get tenure.


6 posted on 06/22/2009 8:50:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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