Jesuit College of Holy Cross denounces crusades, but keeps Crusader mascot

Jesuit College of Holy Cross denounces crusades, but keeps Crusader mascot

From CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY REPORT CARD – 2/13/18

By Matthew Archbold

After months of discussions, the College of Holy Cross board of trustees decided against changing the name of its mascot, the “Crusaders,” to something they might consider less offensive, according to Inside Higher Ed.

While they are keeping the mascot, the college wishes everyone to know that it’s not a fan of the Christian campaigns in the Holy Land known as the crusades.

“While we acknowledge that the crusades were among the darkest periods in Church history, we choose to associate ourselves with the modern definition of the word crusader, only which is representative of our Catholic, Jesuit identity, and our mission and values as an institution and community,” President Fr. Philip Boroughs wrote in a statement. “We are not simply crusaders, we are Holy Cross Crusaders.”

The student newspaper, however, opted to change its name from “The Crusader” to “The Spire.”

“No matter how long ago the crusades took place, this paper does not wish to be associated with the massacres (i.e. burning synagogues with innocent men, women, and children inside) and conquest that took place therein,” said an editorial.

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