The Fishwrap is having a spittle-flecked nutty about the decision in San Diego not to let the wacko speak in a Catholic institution.
University withdraws theologian’s invitation after pressure from financial contributors
Joshua J. McElwee | Nov. 1, 2012
The University of San Diego has canceled a visiting fellowship for a British theologian less than two weeks before her scheduled arrival at the university because of pressure from financial contributors, according to a letter from the university’s president.
Tina Beattie, a professor of Catholic studies at London’s private University of Roehampton known for her work in contemporary ethical issues and Catholic understandings of feminism, received notice of the cancellation Oct. 27. She was scheduled to take residence at the university on Tuesday. [Isn’t this the wacko, one of the board of The Tablet, who said that Mass was like a male homosexual act? No, really… isn’t this the same person?]
Beattie — who also serves on the board of directors of the British Catholic weekly The Tablet [as I thought] and is a theological adviser to the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development, the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales — announced the withdrawal of the invitation in an email to friends and other theologians Thursday.
Beattie said in an interview with NCR that cancellation of her fellowship was “symptomatic of something very new and very worrying.” [Perhaps that she is sort of… well… not exactly orthodox in her work as a “theologian”?]
“It’s unheard of, certainly in Britain, for a theologian in my position to feel threatened by this kind of action,” Beattie said. [Boo hoo!] “It’s not about me; it’s about some change in the culture of the Catholic church that we should be very, very concerned about.” [Panic, liberal.]
Prominent theologians [Says who?] in the U.S. and the UK called the university’s treatment of Beattie “an insult” and “dispiriting” and worried that it might have a chilling effect in the academic world. [We’ve seen this movie before, decades back, and it ain’t The Bells of St. Mary’s!] Several said they had written directly to university president Mary Lyons about the matter.
Calls to the University of San Diego for comment were not immediately returned Thursday.
Beattie said she was notified that her invitation to be a fellow at the university’s Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture had been withdrawn in a letter from Lyons. (The letter can be read in full at the end of the article.)
In Lyons’ letter, which Beattie shared in her email, Lyons writes that Beattie publicly dissents from church teaching.
“The Center’s primary mission, consistent with those who have financially supported the Center, is to provide opportunities to engage the Catholic intellectual tradition in its diverse embodiments,” Lyons wrote.
“This would include clear and consistent presentations concerning the Church’s moral teachings, teaching with which you, as a Catholic theologian, dissent publicly. In light of the contradiction between the mission of the Center and your own public stances as a Catholic theologian, I regretfully rescind the invitation that has been extended to you.”
In the letter, Lyons offers to reimburse Beattie for travel-related expenses and says she and the university “hope to mitigate any inconvenience this decision may have created for you.” [So, they will pay her not to come, and she will take the money. Watch.]
There’s more over of this panicked drivel at Fishwrap, but don’t waste your time.