A short time back, the President of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), David Burcham, delivered the 2013 Presidential Convocation Address in which he stated:
We are not a parish, a seminary or convent, but we are a Catholic
university. We are not, and will not be shackled by a pall of orthodoxy,
but neither are we USC or Pomona....
Great apprehension exists within some quarters of our community
that LMU’s catholicity is going to be increasingly defined in the future
in a narrow and doctrinaire-based way, not in the rich, inclusive approach
that has been one of the hallmarks of LMU’s culture. I have a simple
response to this apprehension: Not on my watch....
Dissent and questioning lead to progress.
Sounds very Jesuitical, no?
Everyone knows that LMU is "not a parish, a seminary, or convent." Everyone also is very much aware that LMU is a "Catholic university."
That said, why must liberals immediately juxtapose the term "Catholic university" to terms like "shackles" (suggesting imprisonment or slavery) and "a pall of orthodoxy" (as if Church teaching always casts a dark shadow over inquiry)?
The Motley Monk congratulates President Burcham for his honesty, however. He clarifies terms by calling defining "Catholic university" as "LMU's catholicity," which he further specifies as a "rich, inclusive approach"--one assumes--to inquiry.
But that matter of juxtaposition suddenly appears once again. Inquiry at LMU will not, President Burcham declared, be conducted "in a narrow and doctrinaire-based way."
Why must liberals immediately juxtapose the phrases a "rich, inclusive" catholicity to a "narrow and doctrinaire-based" Catholicity? Is this not a clever sleight of hand because, in fact, the former excludes the latter and implies further that the latter would never tolerate the former?
To control the argument, liberals must paint their opponents as ideologues, pretending all they while they aren't ideologues.
It just so happens that President Burcham is LMU's first lay President and a Protestant. He has learned well from those “rich, inclusive” catholic leaders of the Protestant Reformation.
Let the discussion begin...
To view President Burcham's address, click on the following link: