It should be a given that whenever an honored speaker, a concert performer, or a football coach is engaged by a Catholic organization, somebody will take time to vet the person for their important views on hot-button issues.
To this list add college professor. And to the University of San Diego award a belated blue ribbon for orthodoxy to wrap around the egg they laid on yanking a decision to hire Rosemary Radford Ruether.
Reason given for the cancellation-enhanced invitation? “Procedural error.”
Thanks to that “error,” yet another wave of protests, recriminations, hard feelings, unprofessional behavior, and unity-churning debate will obscure the pro-life issue. Pro-choice folks can point to the clumsy anti-abortion activism and discredit pro-lifers in general for being reactive, petty, and just plain meanieheads.
As a pro-life Catholic it makes me want to scream. Was one unborn child saved in this mess? Was anybody convinced that abortion is a bad thing? College professors around the nation were likely scrambling to resign from associations with pro-choice members so they wouldn’t miss out on teaching impressionable young minds at USD. Or wherever.
Can a typist add to every application form this question:
– Are you now or have you ever been a member of an organization that publicly supports freedom of choice for the termination of a pregnancy?