This is absurd.
The last acceptable prejudice around these days is to hate faithful practicing Catholics who accept the Churches teachings on faith and moral.
Now the acceptable prejudice is creeping into the catholic community itself.
I read at Catholic World Report about the rejection by Jesuit-run Gonzaga University – theoretically a Catholic school – of a student group of the Knights of Columbus. Why were they rejected? Because only Catholics belong to the KofCs.
Let’s get this straight…
Professor: Will Gonzaga also consider removing the Society of Jesus from campus?
Dr. Eric Cunningham, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Gonzaga University (GU) and a former advisor to the campus council of the Knights of Columbus at GU, yesterday sent a letter to Sue Weitz, Vice President for Student Life, remarking upon her letter explaining that a Knights of Columbus group’s application to be recognized as an official student organization had been denied by GU.
Weitz’s letter stated, in part:
The Knights of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men’s organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership. These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University’s commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.
In response to that statement, Dr. Cunningham (a contributer to Catholic World Report) wrote:
The chief reason for my confusion is that as an organization, the Knights of Columbus is, by these criteria, identical to the Society of Jesus. How strange it is to think that if Ignatius of Loyola and his companions, who were students at the University of Paris when they established the Society, had tried to apply for club status at Gonzaga, they would have been denied.
Read the rest there.
By the reasoning of Sue Weitz and her superiors… Jesuit-run Gonzaga University should know expel the Jesuits. (Not a bad idea in some cases… but… let’s move on.)
There is a growing gulf between hard identity and soft identity Catholics.
Which side is winning? Probably soft identity… the types who call themselves Catholics, but are actually CINOs… catholics In Name Only. They hold a lot of power and they are using it, in coordination with secular power-brokers (such as the Obama Administration). They are, right now, emboldened.
This is in part the fruit of the dissolution of our education system over the past few decades. Fewer and fewer can reason now and many are subject to the dictatorship of relativism. What is “true” can vary from person to person… except for liberals, of course. If the root of the word “liberal” is “liber… free”, then a liberal is someone with whom you are free to agree with.
In the meantime, would you $34,570 per year to Gonzaga University, or any other putative Catholic school that would deny the presence of the Knights of Columbus on the grounds that it is a Catholic organization for Catholic members?