Creighton to Review Speaker Policies

Creighton University is one of my alma mater’s, and I’m not sure this is really all that good of news, since I still see a lack of focus on what it means to be Catholic. Yes, teach people how to think for themselves–but do it by presenting the best Catholic intellectuals who can model how to confont the modern ways of thinking that are not in concert with the Catholic faith. This would be a true Catholic education. Does Fr. Schlegel think that St. Ignatius of Loyola would have invited heretics to speak (teach) to the early Jesuits?  From the AP:

Days after canceling a speaking engagement to a best-selling author who helped a friend commit suicide, a Jesuit university says it will review policies that govern how and why it invites certain speakers to campus.

The Rev. John Schlegel, the school’s president, said Friday that Creighton University won’t shy away from controversial speakers, including those whose opinions diverge with those of the Roman Catholic Church.

But, he said, the formats those speakers appear under will ensure more balance and debate than the one-way mode of lecture.

“We don’t teach our students what to think,” Schlegel told the Omaha World-Herald. “We teach them how to think.”

Officials of the Omaha Archdiocese this week questioned why the school had booked a speaker whose opinions on assisted suicide and abortion are at odds with the church.

Segregation in Ireland

If this is true, the bishops of Ireland should take an immediate stand to welcome them into the Catholic schools…from the AP:

Almost all the children who could not find elementary school places in a Dublin suburb this year were black, the government said Monday, highlighting Ireland’s problems integrating its increasingly diverse population.

The children will attend a new, all-black school, a prospect that educators called disheartening.

About 90 children could not find school places in the north Dublin suburb of Balbriggan , a town of more than 10,000 people with two elementary schools. Local educators called a meeting over the weekend for parents struggling to find places and said they were shocked to see only black children.

“That overwhelmed me. I’m not quite sure what to make of it. I just find it extremely concerning,” said Gerard Kelly, principal of a school with a mixture of black and white students in the nearby town of Swords.

The parents at Saturday’s meeting in a Balbriggan hotel said they had tried to get their children into local schools but were told that all places had to be reserved by February.

Almost all of the children are Irish-born and thus Irish citizens, under a law that existed until 2004.

Some parents questioned why white families who had moved this year into the town had managed to overcome the registration deadlines to get their children into schools.

Some also complained that Ireland’s school system was discriminating against them on the basis of religion. About 98 percent of schools are run by the Roman Catholic Church, and the law permits them to discriminate on the basis of whether a prospective student has a certificate confirming they were baptized into the faith. Some of the African applicants were Muslim, members of evangelical Protestant denominations or of no religious creed.

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