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Leading Jesuit college sacks dissident professor
UCA News ^ | March 7, 2012 | Monica Brady-Myerov

Posted on 03/08/2012 5:19:42 AM PST by NYer

Catholic Church News Image of Leading Jesuit college sacks dissident professor

Several students are protesting the decision by Boston College to not renew the contract of an adjunct professor in its School of Theology and Ministry who has openly questioned why the Catholic church won’t ordain women.

The Boston College mission statement on its website talks about the Jesuit foundation of the school that makes it unique. It reads: “No other institution so explicitly embodies the fundamental human desire to know.”

But after Father John Shea, a professor of pastoral care and counseling, asked church leaders for a theological explanation for why women are not being ordained to the priesthood of the Catholic church, he was let go. After nine years, Shea will leave his position at the end of this semester. He refused to comment.

The school says, as a matter of policy, it does not discuss personnel decisions. But several of the BC students who are protesting the decision say there’s a climate of intolerance at the Jesuit university around openly discussing sensitive issues such as the ordination of women.

“I think the reason he was let go was because he was causing trouble,” said John Falcone, who worked as a graduate assistant with Shea.

Last year Shea wrote directly to Cardinal Sean O’Malley, telling him that he would step aside from active ministry until women are allowed to be ordained. Falcone says Shea has since paid a price for this position.

Full Story: BC Won’t Renew Contract Of Controversial Professor

Source: 90.9wbur.org



TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: bostoncollege; jesuits; johnshea; priestess; priestesses; religiousleft; womenpriests; womynpriests

1 posted on 03/08/2012 5:19:45 AM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

An image of Father John J. Shea, O.S.A., adjunct professor of Pastoral Care and Counselling, from the Boston College website

Fr. Shea should consider moving to the American Catholic Church, which embraces female priests. He would feel more at home in that church.

2 posted on 03/08/2012 5:23:08 AM PST by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: NYer

Why is this ignorant rebel still a priest?


3 posted on 03/08/2012 5:28:16 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: NYer

A miracle at Barely Catholic.

Twenty years ago, my wife and I helped to organize a debate on abortion between Peter Kreeft and an openly Marxist professor of sociology from BC. Guess which BC professor was surrounded by a bunch of student groupies?

It wasn’t the good one.


4 posted on 03/08/2012 5:31:01 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: NYer

Good for Boston College.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 5:31:36 AM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
"Twenty years ago, my wife and I helped to organize a debate on abortion between Peter Kreeft and an openly Marxist professor of sociology from BC. Guess which BC professor was surrounded by a bunch of student groupies?"

That's wierd. Peter Kreeft rocks and I though he had a pretty strong following. His books are great especially his commentary on Pascal's Pensees.

6 posted on 03/08/2012 5:34:06 AM PST by circlecity
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To: NYer
Excuse me...

was he "let go," or was his "contract not renewed?"

Second they need to review the Supreme Court Case from January.

Landmark Supreme Court ruling a 'resounding win' for religious groups

7 posted on 03/08/2012 5:35:35 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Ok, who was the openly marxist professor of sociology? I was class of ‘85 History/Sociology, I have a few in mind.


8 posted on 03/08/2012 5:36:31 AM PST by Justa
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To: NYer

Let us pray for a TOTAL cleansing of all schools and universities that claim to be “Catholic.”


9 posted on 03/08/2012 5:39:03 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: circlecity

“His books are great especially his commentary on Pascal’s Pensees.”

Yessssssssssssssssssss! Excellent...


10 posted on 03/08/2012 5:41:23 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: NYer
This being BC, they probably let him go because he failed to spell it Wymyn
11 posted on 03/08/2012 5:41:54 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: SumProVita

Let us pray for a TOTAL cleansing of all schools and universities that claim to be “Catholic.”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I will join with you in that prayer even though I am not Catholic.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 5:43:17 AM PST by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: NYer
This is a good first step. ALL CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS should not only throw out all teachers not in line with the teachings of the Church but seriously start to question the incoming students. Why? Sandra Fluke.

If the left and the Obama Administration are going to try and force their beliefs onto a religious institution and onto religious people illegally, then it's about time those same institutions THROW OUT the children and supporters of that same forced moral relativism. FIGHT BACK!

13 posted on 03/08/2012 5:43:34 AM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: NYer

Oh...and those BC students so high on protesting the ‘intolerance.’...they can go too.

You have other college choices kiddos.


14 posted on 03/08/2012 5:45:14 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: NYer

He is free to join what he obviously feels is the one true episcopalian church.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 5:45:59 AM PST by rwilson99 (Please tell me how the words "shall not perish and have everlasting life" would NOT apply to Mary.)
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To: circlecity

-—— That’s wierd. Peter Kreeft rocks and I though he had a pretty strong following. His books are great especially his commentary on Pascal’s Pensees.———

I imagine that the Marxist enlisted support (his supporters were loud and obnoxious —surprise!), and the kids probably saw themselves as rebels.(Gee, a Marxist collegiate —yawn).

Kreeft ran circles around the guy. I was almost embarrassed for him. Almost.

Interestingly, we contacted EVERY high-profile liberal media person and professor in the area, and they all turned us down.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 5:48:10 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: NYer

A PR move. If he was an adjunct, it means non-tenured. They are contracted semester-by-semester, though possibly he might have had some arrangement more steady than that, but certainly not protection of tenure. So he can readily be non-renewed.

And yes, if he was on a sessional contracts, then he was not “fired” but simply not contracted again. Sessional positions have no presumption of renewal, though de facto he may well have been treated as a steady renewal and this breaks that.

But it’s mostly inconsequential as far as BC is concerned—a PR plus for the broad middle of the constituency and the only downside is with the really radical feminists who haven’t given up on women’s ordination yet (despite infallible papal pronouncements in 1976 and 1994, clarified as irreformable by a later official response to a “dubium” [request for clarification]).


17 posted on 03/08/2012 5:49:56 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Justa

-——Ok, who was the openly marxist professor of sociology?-——

Paul Breinus (sp?)


18 posted on 03/08/2012 5:50:16 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: NYer

If Obama is reelected, the American Catholic Church will be the only legal form of Catholic worship allowed.

The failure of the Church to solve the problem of the “dissidents”, who are innumerable and who have infiltrated every single sector of Catholic society in America has left the Church open to a government-sponsored revolution, a hostile takeover by traitor bishops and clergy - and that’s exactly what’s going to happen.


19 posted on 03/08/2012 5:51:18 AM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: wintertime

Thank you...and may God richly bless you. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

;-)


20 posted on 03/08/2012 5:53:49 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Solson

“This is a good first step. ALL CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS should ... throw out all teachers not in line with the teachings, etc ....

Well said! It will be a difficult task since many Catholic colleges sold their souls to the state at the Land O Lakes conference in the 60’s when they stopped being run by their Orders, went to lay boards, and accepted gov’t money. This has become so entrenched that it is most likely impossible for many to reform. We might have to start fresh - Ave Maria, St. Thomas Aquinas, et al.

We do need to FIGHT BACK, yet this might be a better strategy, maybe not, just thoughts.


21 posted on 03/08/2012 6:14:37 AM PST by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: NYer
I was almost afraid to click on this, for fear the "dissident" was someone insisting on orthodoxy! ;-)

This is heartening, however. And I'll bet Fr. Shea strays from orthodoxy in other areas, too -- never heard of a women's ordination proponent who was otherwise orthodox!

22 posted on 03/08/2012 6:15:31 AM PST by maryz
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To: Houghton M.

It may not be huge, but it’s a step in the right direction.

I’d like to see somebody (the local bishop, in other words) get after his order on disciplining him, or otherwise withdrawing from the diocese. Even a religious order can only operate in a diocese with the permission of the bishop.


23 posted on 03/08/2012 6:22:11 AM PST by livius
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To: SumProVita

Let us pray for a TOTAL cleansing of all schools and universities that claim to be “Catholic.”

&&&
Amen to that.

Maybe there’s hope for the Jebbies yet.


24 posted on 03/08/2012 6:43:16 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: NYer
. . . after Father John Shea, a professor of pastoral care and counseling, asked church leaders for a theological explanation for why women are not being ordained to the priesthood of the Catholic church . . .

This being the case, he is too dumb to teach grade school, let alone in college. This has been explained over and over, including by Blessed JPII in several apostolic letters.

He that hath ears, let him hear. Or take a hike.

25 posted on 03/08/2012 6:51:18 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Justa

Class of 85’

Lie #1 “Yeah, I know Doug.”
Lie #2 “All our blonds are real.”


26 posted on 03/08/2012 6:53:16 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: muir_redwoods

Actually in the Socialist spirit he questioned why everyone can’t be #22.


27 posted on 03/08/2012 6:54:53 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NYer

intollerance?

seems the only intollerance is from the left wing radicals.

All the students who are supporting this should also be let go.


28 posted on 03/08/2012 7:01:30 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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29 posted on 03/08/2012 7:02:17 AM PST by narses
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To: Westbrook
Why is this ignorant rebel still a priest?

This is the REAL issue at hand.

30 posted on 03/08/2012 8:44:08 AM PST by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: NYer
Photobucket Rev. Mother Superior is chasing him out the door with her ruler! Maybe she can whack some sense into him, but I seriously doubt it.
31 posted on 03/08/2012 9:10:17 AM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: NYer

The guy is an adjunct professor. Meaning he has a yearly contract. He not only doesn’t have tenure, but he’s not in line for a tenure decision.

They have kept this jerk on for many years, and obviously approved of his dissident teachings. He just made the mistake of going too far this time, and the College knew they’d be in trouble from the bishop if they gave him still another year of teaching heresies to their students.

BC still is a mess. They have only let troublemakers go over the years when things got too hot to handle.

Notice that “several” students are objecting. What’s that? Two? Three? The students are probably more faithful than most of the faculty, although the faculty are working on fixing that.


32 posted on 03/08/2012 9:17:54 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: stonehouse01

Not that I wish anything bad for Father Hesbergh, but after he dies they should hand his body over to the Russians and put his body next to Lenin.


33 posted on 03/08/2012 9:36:59 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: maryz

You have it. Most Catholics don’t know it, but the reason why Protestants have no trouble with women preachers is that they are all laity. It was mere social convention that prevented them from ever doing it, that an some comments by Paul. But we have been a hierarchical church since the beginning. If Jesus is the new Moses and the new Aaron. The big difference between the levitical priesthood and the priesthood of Jesus being it is not hereditary, but appointive. Except for the Anglo-Catholics in the Episcopal Church, all this smacks of priest-craft and usurpation. But history seems to bear us out. Which is why the gnostics-freaks are trying to re-write that history, so that Christian history is made to seem like that Sunni-=Schia split.


34 posted on 03/08/2012 9:48:20 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: NYer

I thought a dissident Jesuit was one hat was Catholic?


35 posted on 03/08/2012 10:29:56 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Peter Kreeft does indeed rock. He is the reason my husband became pro-life.


36 posted on 03/08/2012 11:30:42 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Jim Noble

The Red China model.
Hate to say it, but I think you are right. It could happen here.


37 posted on 03/08/2012 12:54:14 PM PST by rogator
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To: NYer

Well, by golly.

Dare we hope that Boston College may one day become Catholic again?


38 posted on 03/08/2012 5:23:07 PM PST by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: massgopguy

Lol. I didn’t know Doug but a friend of mine was one of his room mates -or so he said ; )

B.C. had some attractive coeds for a NE college -which really isn’t saying much.


39 posted on 03/10/2012 3:17:12 AM PST by Justa
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