Monday, June 22, 2009

“Leading Catholic universities have lost their way”

Group representing Catholic schools wants U.S. bishops to change policy barring “those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles” from honors, speaking on campus

At a June 11-12 meeting at the University of San Diego, the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities called on U.S. bishops to review a policy instructing Catholic institutions not to give “awards, honors or platforms” to those who defy the Church’s fundamental teachings.

Mary Lyons, president of the University of San Diego, is chairwoman of the Association’s board of directors. Sister Rosemary Nassif, president of Holy Names University in Oakland, is also a member of the board.

At issues is a statement issued in 2004 by the USCCB that says: “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." 

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