30 January 2012

And Religious Groups Are The Problem?

From the front page of last Thursday's Hustler:

"A number of sorority-affiliated women -- both new and active members -- were hospitalized Monday, Jan. 16 due to alcohol poisoning. Various arrests, on charges of under-age drinking and public intoxication, also took place both on- and off-campus. Crime logs confirm these reports.

...On Jan. 16, at 8 p.m., Bid Day restrictions related to the consumption of alcohol officially ended for sororities.

...No sororities are currently on probation"

29 January 2012

"New Co-ed Housing Options"

Bad as the non-discrimination policy is, this is worse:

In response to student demand, three new options that de-
emphasize gender will be available for the 2012-2013 academic
year. A floor of Lupton House in Branscomb Quadrangle will offer
and equal number of double rooms for women and men and a floor in
Carmichael Towers East Building 2 will offer an equal number of
single rooms and double rooms for women and men. Also in
Carmichael Towers, a small number of suites will be open to mixed
sex groups of students. The double rooms of the suites will be single
sex but otherwise the students will decide on the composition of their suites."
(From the Dean of Students Office of Housing and Residential Education)

"In response student demand...de-emphasize gender," indeed!

The last sentence of the quotation is the silliest thing I have ever read!

25 January 2012

You have got to read this:

"Silence is an integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist. In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves. By remaining silent we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself; and we avoid being tied simply to our own words and ideas without them being adequately tested. In this way, space is created for mutual listening, and deeper human relationships become possible. It is often in silence, for example, that we observe the most authentic communication taking place between people who are in love: gestures, facial expressions and body language are signs by which they reveal themselves to each other. Joy, anxiety, and suffering can all be communicated in silence – indeed it provides them with a particularly powerful mode of expression. Silence, then, gives rise to even more active communication, requiring sensitivity and a capacity to listen that often makes manifest the true measure and nature of the relationships involved. When messages and information are plentiful, silence becomes essential if we are to distinguish what is important from what is insignificant or secondary. Deeper reflection helps us to discover the links between events that at first sight seem unconnected, to make evaluations, to analyze messages; this makes it possible to share thoughtful and relevant opinions, giving rise to an authentic body of shared knowledge. For this to happen, it is necessary to develop an appropriate environment, a kind of ‘eco-system’ that maintains a just equilibrium between silence, words, images and sounds."

Guess who said this? BXVI, of course!

go read the whole thing

St. Francis de Sales, pray for us!

24 January 2012

One last point about the non-discrimination policy

5. The Chancellor has made an absolute of the policy so that he does not think that it is possible for people of good will reasonably to disagree with the policy.

23 January 2012

Told You!

Here is what the Mass for Life looked like at the National Shrine in DC:


Why not just go along with the non-discrimination policy? Continued

Here are two more points of principle that the non-discrimination policy violates:

3. The policy unduly burdens freedom of religion and of association. The university is proposing to regulate what is acceptable religious practice as well as the mission and identity of student religious organizations. The university is mandating indifferentism in religious matters.

4. The policy results in Vanderbilt becoming a sectarian institution enforcing an intolerant secular orthodoxy. With this policy the administration has lost confidence in its students' ability to engage in liberal dialogue. Rather than trust its students' use of free inquiry, the administration is imposing a dogmatic position about how students must organize themselves. No peer institution of Vanderbilt enforces a policy like this.

21 January 2012

Why not just go along with the non-discrimination policy?

I am sure that many of you are asking: "How likely is it under this policy that someone who is not Catholic could become an officer of Vanderbilt Catholic?" I would answer: "Not very."

But that is not the point. Here are two points of principle that this policy violates (others will follow!):

1. This policy is applied inconsistently. There are numerous student organizations that operate in violation of this policy with the university's blessing and even encouragement: for example, all Greek organizations are discriminatory not only in leadership but in membership. The university is free to apply this policy to them but chooses not to. This is inconsistent on the part of the university.

2. This policy is discriminatory of a particular variety of religious groups. The policy is worded generally but in effect it targets only a certain category of religious groups. Discrimination that targets religious expression is highly suspect and invidious.

Inconsistent and Discriminatory

The non-discrimination policy that the Chancellor reinforced yesterday is both inconsistent and discriminatory.

It is inconsistent in that at least 35 student organizations are exempt by Vanderbilt from the policy.

It is discriminatory in that it has the effect of targeting religious groups.

20 January 2012

Alea Iacta Est

Well, it seems that the Chancellor, although a lawyer, does not get the message of a 9 - 0 Supreme Court decision protecting religious liberty. So we get to fight for religious liberty here at Vanderbilt. We are taking our stand. Come stand with us!

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19 January 2012

New Evangelization on Campus

I don't really think that there is much new about the new evangelization, except that it is always new! Let's work on being a community who has seen Jesus -- "come and see," He says. Adoration today ;-)

10 January 2012

Retreat -- giving one

There is not much that would take me away from Vanderbilt during the first week of the semester, but giving a retreat to 110 seminarians is one of them!

Once again, I get to see the hope of the New Evangelization. It is also great to be with Josh Altonji who just graduated from Vanderbilt and is now here at the Josephinum as a seminarian for the Diocese of Birmingham! Poor Josh, he just can't get away from me.

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08 January 2012

Welcome Back!

Even though I am about to leave to give a retreat to the college seminarians at the Josephinum -- I ask your prayers for that! -- I am so excited about the semester just about to begin.

I was just on a retreat myself, and I have my "groove back" :-) -- pardon the silly expression. Anyhow, I hope that we are sitting on ready and rocking on go to know and share the love of Jesus, born in the stable of Bethlehem but now proclaimed to the nations! Praise Him!

04 January 2012

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Our Lady of Alabama! (stjudemonastery.blogspot.com)

I don't have time to say enough good things about my retreat here: www.stjudemonastery.org

Go read about it, and I will tell you more later!

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