Thursday, June 01, 2006

George Weigel on the ongoing discussion at Notre Dame

A large portion of Weigel's column is taken up by excerpts from Holy Cross Father Wilson Miscamble's open letter to University of Notre Dame president Holy Cross Father John Jenkins. Yet we still have here another significant voice in the contemporary Church in the United States weighing in on the ongoing discussion about academic freedom at Notre Dame.

Go here to read the column. Go here to read the text of Father Miscamble's open letter.

Excerpt from Weigel's column:

After a campus wide debate, Father Jenkins announced that "the creative contextualization of a play like The Vagina Monologues can bring certain perspectives on important issues into a constructive and fruitful dialogue with the Catholic tradition." Therefore, Father Jenkins decreed, the V-Monologues could continue to be produced on campus.

It was difficult, bordering on impossible, not to read Father Jenkins' decision as a surrender to the most corrosive forces eating away at the vitals of Catholic higher education.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Father Jenkins for taking a thoughtful, responsible approach. With Notre Dame being a "flagship" catholic school and very competitive to boot I would expect its students to be quite bright. That being the case, why not allow controversial topics/issues/programs to be presented and then discussed and viewed through a Catholic lens - with well versed Catholic moderators. Students will be better armed to understand and subsequently deal with the culture that spawned the concern and isn't that what we want for our kids.
Note Mr. Weigel's last paragraph - pretty combative and, honestly, calling something you disagree with "stupid" is hardly worthy of our impressive Catholic intellectual history. Maybe Notre Dame can do better.

Chris said...

why not allow controversial topics/issues/programs to be presented and then discussed and viewed through a Catholic lens - with well versed Catholic moderators.

Unless Notre Dame comes into compliance with Ex Corde Ecclesiae there is no way to be sure the well versed Catholic moderators are loyal to Catholic teaching.

Why do Catholics feel compelled to submit themselves to offensive, degrading entertainment to prove their openmindedness?

Open Mind, Insert What? The purpose of an open mind, says Chesterton, is to shut it on something true.

The presentation of a lesbian rape of an underage girl as a positive influence in the girl's life should be allowed so Catholics can be better armed to understand and subsequently deal with the culture that spawned the concern?

If George Weigel has to explain why that's "stupid" then the impressive Catholic intellectual history is nearing an end.

BTW Sean, did you have to slip Amy Welborn a fin to get the link?