Outrage After Catholic University Accidentally Hires Practicing Catholic To Head Department Of Theology

Outrage After Catholic University Accidentally Hires Practicing Catholic To Head Department Of Theology


A Catholic university is under fire this week after school administrators accidentally hired 37-year-old Todd Alguire, a practicing Catholic, to head their Department of Theology.
Diocesan bishop Kevin Sterling has now demanded an investigation into the ‘offensive’ hiring after rumors spread that students would need to “brush up on the fundamentals of the Catholic faith” before beginning this upcoming semester.
Ryan Gurley, a sophomore who described himself as ‘devoutly spiritual,’ told EOTT that his refusal to participate in any further religion classes might lead to his suspension.
“I understand that I’ll eventually either be suspended, or I won’t ever be able to graduate, but I have to stand my ground. I’ll never cave when it comes to my faith. I’m a spiritual zealot, which means I faithfully believe in every religion – so long as it isn’t Christianity, of course. And that’s why I now stand on my rights as an American citizen and Catholic to not be forced to have to learn the tenets of Catholicism in a Catholic school. What next, having to learn the fundamentals of analytic geometry in Calculus class?”
School officials say that the accidental hiring of Mr. Alguire came after someone in the administration’s office neglected to perform a competent background check.
“This is a major oversight and, as you can probably imagine, a very embarrassing moment for the university,” said one school official. “The background process is pretty simple and straight forward. As a proud Catholic university, we do not ask for resumes or any other official documents proving competency. The only thing we do is to make sure that the applicant is either an anti-Catholic Protestant, an atheist, or an agnostic, and that if the applicant does happen to be a Catholic, that he attends no more than two masses a year, preferably none. When it comes to nearly all other departments outside of History and a couple of others, the door is wide open to practicing Catholics. That’s what makes us a Catholic university. Also, we just put up some bland, random crosses around the university so that parents of potential students may feel proud and comfortable not only sending their children here, but for paying the outrageous tuition we charge to do so.”

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  1. [From the Truth-Is-Stranger-than-Fiction-or-Satire Dept.: A “conservative” Jesuit president at a Catholic university is driven out of office after nine months]

    From Wikipedia: Kenneth Baker (Jesuit): President of Seattle University

    In late November 1969 the Jesuit Provincial called Baker into his office and informed him that the president of Seattle University was being replaced and that he, then forty-years-old, was being appointed to the position.[1]
    Previous conditions[edit]
    In the years previous to Baker’s presidency, a construction boom had taken place at Seattle University under the presidency of Fr. Albert A. Lemiuex (who had led the university since 1948 – soon after it changed its name from Seattle College[3]). University leaders had projected the increased enrollment of the 1950s would continue. Loans were taken out to fund the construction of buildings to handle these projections, such as the student residency building Campion Hall (which required a loan of 3.6 million dollars). But the projections proved wrong and rather than the forecast enrollment of 6,000 students in 1969, a decline in student numbers occurred, resulting in a student body of 1,076, which left the university saddled with near empty buildings and in dire financial trouble.[4]
    In addition to financial problems at the University, Baker had to deal with student unrest. During the early stages of the Vietnam War, the majority of Seattle University students had been supportive of the military endeavor. After the 1968 Tet Offensive, the majority of student opinion swung against the war and protests on campus rose drastically. By 1970 hundreds of students were taking part in rallies and teach-ins. The protesters took especial issue with the presence of ROTC on campus.[4]
    Also previous to Baker’s presidency the Black Student Union (BSU) accused the university of institutional racism for a denial of funding for their proposal to host the first separate black homecoming. On January 14, 1970, the BSU, through its spokesperson Bobby Davis, stated that the $3,700 given to the homecoming committee consisting of only white students was giving money “to a white group to go out and put on a white homecoming for a black team. This is the kind of monolithic amerliorism that black people have to contend with. Your Neil Diamond, or whoever, he is, can only be relevant to white, completely bourgeois people.”[5] Later when the student government refused to increase the BSU’s budget the group threatened a boycott in which black basketball players would refuse to play. The boycott did not take place, but on January 19, 1970 weeks before Baker took office a bomb exploded between the Liberal Arts and Garrand buildings causing costly structural damage, but no injuries or loss of life.[4][5]
    Baker’s tenure[edit]
    Baker, who had been chosen “for both his economic and political conservatism”[5] was installed as the 17th head of Seattle University on February 1, 1970.[1][6] He was the fifth man to hold the title President (between the school’s founding in 1891 to 1936 the job’s title was Administrator).[3]
    Baker began a series of severe budget cuts, all the while receiving continuous demands for more funding from the heads of different academic programs. In a February 26, 1970 interview with the student newspaper The Spectator he said “S.U. is not a monstrous, sleek fat cow with hundreds of teats that every group can suck on endlessly. The little milk left is all spoken for while there are many hungry mouths.”[5] Some students and faculty began to hold that Baker’s cuts were discriminatory and biased.[5]
    Vietnam protests[edit]
    A few months into Baker’s presidency news of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the Kent State shootings inspired student radicalism and riots on the campus of Seattle University. Baker became convinced that many of the riots “were manufactured by professional agitators.”[1] In March 1970 Xavier Hall was set on fire by arsonists timing it to the on campus appearance of Barry Goldwater.[4] Baker received death threats from revolutionary organizations and for three weeks was under 24-hour police protection. On one occasion his office was broken into and his furniture was smashed, twice large groups of students forced their way into his office to shout complaints and demands and in effect keeping him captive.[1] Baker found their demands and objections unreasonable and “perceived that the agitation was designed to wreak havoc on the school” so he stood firm.[1]
    Racial tensions[edit]
    In addition to student unrest over the Vietnam War, racial tensions again surfaced at Seattle University during Baker’s presidency in the spring of 1970. William Cooley, Chairman of the Faculty Urban Affairs Committee publicly stated that the campus was “permeated by racism.”[5] His comments were recalled during unrest caused by a hiring decision.
    Dr. Anita Yourglich, chairperson of the sociology department had sought out a candidate for an interim vacancy position. Her final two candidates “were Ray Napierkowski, a 1969 honors graduate from Seattle U, or William Hodge, a Black teaching assistant from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in sociology.”[5] When she selected Napierkowski her fellow faculty encouraged her to reconsider fearing that the choice would be perceived as racist. Yourglich stated that she had chosen Napierkowski for his statistics and research background. The news of this decision caused outrage among much of the faculty and student body who held the University lacked commitment to affirmative action in hiring educators.[5]
    Interviewed by the student newspaper The Spectator, Yourglich stated that the first priority of her job was to advance the understanding of Sociology “As far as need for a black image at S.U. in general and the sociology department in particular is concerned, I do not feel my first obligation lies in this area.”[5] And that “blackness” is not a requirement to advance the aims of the sociology department.[5] The editors of The Spectator felt the decision was part of a pattern of resistance against the hiring of minority faculty members at the University and published an editorial memorandum blasting the school for racial imbalance in employment, running it alongside the interview with Yourglich.[5]
    Major demonstration[edit]
    On May 15, 1970, a day after the editorial in The Spectator, a major campus demonstration began at 6:45 in the morning with over 150 demonstrators “made up of members of Seattle U’s Afro-American Movement for Equality (SAAME), unaffiliated Seattle U students, and activists from Seattle Community College (now Seattle Central Community College) and the University of Washington.”[5] Not all the protesters had the same agenda. The members of SAAME were demanding Hodge be hired, while other S.U., SCC and UW students were angry about the extension of the war into Cambodia and were protesting the presence of ROTC on campus – calling for it to be disbanded. The protesters blocked the entrance to the Chieftain building which stored ROTC’s weapons used for the cadets’ Wednesday drills. To avoid conflict the cadets rerouted their activities. Emboldened by this success the protesters marched to the Liberal Arts and Pigott building, blocked the entrances and chanted anti-War slogans. Some students climbed the flagpole and turned the American flag upside to mimic an official signal of distress.[5]
    Baker initially was charitable to the students asking that faculty not punish them academically for either attending or participating in the demonstrations. He told the protesters “I sympathize with you for your consciences. …I support you.”[5] As the demonstration continued in some places the protests became “small riots”.[4] In response, the next day, Baker issued a memo forbidding unapproved demonstrations and rallies. Hearing of this several students led by black student leaders on May 18, 1970 descended upon the Liberal Arts building demanding an audience with Baker. When they were refused “the students invaded the president’s office. Belligerently shouting, students caused significant damages to the space—overturning tables, knocking the president’s books off of his bookshelf and breaking his table lamps.”[5] Five of the students involved, including Bobby Davis and Emile Wilson, where suspended on May 19, 1970.[5] On May 20, 1970 students of the Afro-American Movement for Equality held another demonstration of around 300 people, which included Seattle University students and outside activists.[5] During this rally six protesters were arrested after trashing the Seattle University Student Union cafeteria.[7]
    Interviewed by the local media Baker told reporters that he would remain firm and not let the protesters “break SU so we’ll have to turn it over to the state and make it a black university,” he promised he would “not tolerate anarchical activity on campus. This is not a return to the jungle.”[5]
    At the Student Conduct Review Board Emile Wilson, who had been at both the take over of Baker’s office and was among those arrested days later was defended by his personal friend Fr. McGoldrick, S.J.. In a decision approved by Fr. McGoldrick the board reinstated all of the suspended students and the criminal charges against Wilson were dropped. (Wilson with the tutoring of Fr. McGoldrick would later become the University’s first Rhodes Scholar.)[4][8]
    Baker’s stance against the agitated students did not receive universal support, some school benefactors and other people of influence demanded he be fired and replaced by someone with a more conciliatory approach. Feeling his drive to implement his vision of Catholic education would be unachievable in the current climate Baker resigned the University Presidency on November 1, 1970, after having served nine months.[1][6] In his resignation letter Baker addressed the student protesters directly, saying “Although I have had differences with some of you, I respect you and admire the maturity that has been developed here over the years.”[5]
    Baker was seen as a “stern conservative”[4] during his tenure, which has been summarized in the Seattle University literature as follows: “Baker’s budget cuts were necessary, but his outspoken style antagonized students and faculty alike.”[4] The university trustees replaced Baker with Father Louis Gaffney, SJ. who preached “contagious optimism”, and was able to secure “generous help from the university’s benefactors” and different terms from the University’s creditors.[4] Gaffney continued on Baker’s path of further cutting budgets. He also made a major reorganization of campus departments and increased outreach efforts and fund-raising.[5]
    Despite Baker’s departure, trouble at Seattle University did not completely cease and on May 6, 1972, a large bomb detonated under the steps of the ROTC building, blowing out all the windows on the facing side of Loyola Hall.[4] Seattle University would continue to struggle with financial problems, until the 1976 presidency of Fr. William J. Sullivan (the fifth president in six years). Sullivan made even further cuts in administration and cut funding for the schools nationally recognized basketball program. The SU basketball program had been seen as “a leader in the area of racial integration and diversity”[9] which had played for the NCAA championship in 1958, and over decades of success had produced several players that went on to the NBA (including Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor). Seattle University dropped out of the West Coast Conference and Division I and entered the small-college National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics level. With the withdrawal to the NAIA the school stopped the $450,000 yearly deficit the program was running.[9][10] The percentage of Jesuit faculty continued to decline, and at the end of Sullivan’s tenure had fallen to 10%.[10]
    Baker’s stance against the radicalised students was noticed by conservative commentator William F. Buckley, Jr. who invited him as a guest on his television show “Firing Line” that filmed in New York City.[1]

  2. This is going to confuse poor Rod Dreher. It’s not a “Catholic” problem, Rod. It’s a “modernist” Catholic problem. There was this BIG event that occurred in the 1960s called Vatican II. It began the deconstruction of the Catholic faith. With a little help from the draft dodger movement during the Vietnam War, modernist bishops started allowing liberal American homos to become priests without learning Catholic philosophy and theology or even believing in Catholic teachings. Then a little liberal modernist conference called the Land O’Lakes conference charted the blueprints for dissembling Catholic colleges. So what you have at most places in America now is the heresy of progressive “modernism” which is not Catholic at all.

    That is why it would be shocking for an actual Catholic to be hired to teach at a university under modernist control. So stop calling modernist heretics “Catholic” as if they were.

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