At the blog of my friend The Motley Monk there is a follow up about a priest at Notre Dame University, Fr. Wilson Miscamble, CSC, who attempted to help Catholic students remain Catholic while at Notre Dame.
Fr. Miscamble was involved with a website which posted faculty profiles, etc., to help students find Catholic instructors.
Apparently Fr. Miscamble’s superiors shut him down.
[…]According to a post by the Sycamore Trust–a UND alumni/ae group dedicated to making UND a place where young men and women can be inspired through teachers steeped in the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition–Fr. Miscamble can longer be involved with NDCatholic.com:
Nevertheless, two days after the inauguration of the website Father sent us this message: “I regret that I can say only that I am required to end my involvement with the NDCatholic site and am not at liberty to say why.”Reading further along in the post, here’s what transpired:
- The day after the launch of NDCatholic.com, Father Miscamble advised the Chairman of Sycamore Trust, Bill Dempsey, that he had been directed to disassociate himself from the website.
- Demsey emailed Miscamble the next day expressing his “surprise and deep disappointment” and concern that this would “reflect adversely on the university” in the absence of a persuasive explanation. Dempsey asked “What reason we should assign?”
- Miscamble responded: “Dear Bill, I regret that I can say only that I am required to end my involvement with the NDCatholic site and am not at liberty to say why.
Well, it doesn’t take a neurosurgeon the likes of Dr. Ben Carson to figure out what transpired within the cone of silence:
- UND administrators and CSC superiors determined that Fr. Miscamble was engendering dissension within the UND and CSC communities by agitating for a more demostrably Catholic UND.
- His most recent effort, NDCatholic.com, was the “straw that finally broke the camel’s back.”
Read the rest there.
And.. no… I haven’t forgotten…
That sparked my manifesto.