This story focuses upon a Jesuit institution of U.S. higher education, St. Louis University (SLU). Officials there announced that the heroic-sized statue of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ, will be removed from the front of Fusz Hall. The omnipresent statue has stood in that place for 6 decades. It depicts the 19th-century Jesuit missionary holding a crucifix alot as he preaches to 2 American Indians, one of whom is kneeling.
"Blackrobe," as Fr. De Smet is reputed to have converted thousands of American Indians. A friend of Sitting Bull, Fr. De Smet spent his last years in St. Louis.
SLU Assistant Vice President for Communications Clayton Berry observed that "some faculty and staff…raised questions about whether the sculpture is culturally sensitive." One student, senior Ryan McKinley, didn't use such dlplospeaque: "The statue of De Smet depicts a history of colonialism, imperialism, racism, and of Christian and white supremacy."
The politically correct class now exercises undue authoritarianism and its members have decided that Fr. De Smet's mission of bringing the gospel to nonbelievers and converting them reveals a deep-seated pathology, at least accouring to "some faculty and staff" as well as some students..
Cowed into submission, SLU administrators have decided to expunge from promience what makes some people feel uncomfortable.What does it mean to be a Catholic university when its history is relegated to a museum to assuage those whom that history makes feel uncomfortable?
Isn't that what exactly what the people did to Jesus? His teaching made them very feel uncomfortable, so much so they expunged him form their midst...and not to a museum.
Buchannan asks:"Why should not they themselves depart for another institution where their sensitivities will not be assaulted by artistic expressions of religious truths?"
He then concludes:
The message the SLU president should have given the dissenter is simple:
We are a Catholic university that welcomes students andfaculty not of the
faith. But if you find our identity objectionable, then go somewhere else.
We are not changing who we are.
Let the discussion begin...
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