Faithful to Catholicism or Academic Freedom

by Steve Ray on August 22, 2008

Thanks to Philip Platz who wrote to me:

I’m a pretty recent (within the last year) follower of your blog, but thought this may be of interest to you and your readers. In short,

A University of San Diego decision rescinding a prestigious position to a Catholic feminist theologian has thrust it smack in the middle of a national debate over academic freedom versus adherence to [C]hurch teachings.

Faculty and Roman Catholics are divided over USD’s decision to withdraw the appointment of Rosemary Radford Ruether to an endowed chair. At issue is Ruether’s position on the board of directors for Catholics for Choice, an abortion rights organization.

Two national women’s religious groups have sponsored a petition with more than 2,000 signatures demanding that she be allowed to assume the post.

USD is standing by its decision.

Now there’s a petition to get twice as many signatures (4,000) on the Catholic side of the spectrum! Many faithful Catholics want to support a Catholic University that takes a stand to keep its teaching and faculty faithful to the Church.

Sign the petition! (

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