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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 05, 2005

It seems I was mistaken in my generalization that moral defeatism was endemic to Jesuit universities, in view of the rigorous defense offered below on behalf of Marquette Gold -- not, as it sounds, a new brand of lite beer, but a market-tested and Jesuit-approved replacement for ethically defective sports-team nicknames (blogger credit to Kevin Miller at HMS).

"While I recognize that some people will be disappointed that we are not reinstating the Warriors nickname, we cannot teach one principle about respect for human dignity in our classrooms and then fail to act by that same principle when making decisions," [Marquette University President Fr. Robert Wild, S.J.] said. "The Warriors nickname will always be part of our proud athletics tradition, and we will honor that tradition. But we live in a different era than when the Warriors nickname was selected in 1954. The perspective of time has shown us that our actions, intended or not, can offend others. We must not knowingly act in a way that others will believe, based on their experience, to be an attack on their dignity as fellow human beings."

Outstanding. We've traded up our 1954 principle of human dignity in exchange for a newer model, which we may use to direct our moral thinking until Cher, or Elton John, or the Democratic National Committee presents us with another.

It has further been pointed out that I oversimplified Loyola University's pastoral concerns by emphasizing their commendation of the latex dental dam. Displaying solicitude greater than that found in other institutions, Loyola insists that polyurethane dental dams should be used by student sodomites who are allergic to latex. The Jesuit Differenceâ„¢.

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  • Posted by: Zoromyster - May. 06, 2005 3:22 PM ET USA

    How about the Marquette Condom Distributors !! That shouldn't offend anyone -- except maybe practicing Catholics. And, offending the Church is politicaly correct at most Jesuit Universities.

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - May. 06, 2005 8:49 AM ET USA

    "Gold"? NO! This is offensive to the Liberation theologians ... "Stainless Steel" sounds more Catholic. It leaves the impression of innocence and toughness ... or is it larceny?

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - May. 06, 2005 8:01 AM ET USA

    What will be the new name? Negotiators? Dialogoers? It seems to be a further mariconización of our institutions.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - May. 06, 2005 7:56 AM ET USA

    One of the real problems at universities across the states is the dean of students office, student life staff. There are actually people who earn "doctorates" specializing in such stuff. They are loose cannons, have never studied ethics, philosophy, or theology. They have no concept of axiology. So they try to make the students happy, would not think to correct them, except for PC offenses. They are another specialized department who hire and fire according to their "professional standards"

  • Posted by: Fr. William - May. 06, 2005 1:44 AM ET USA

    Yes, Father Wild, SJ, needs some time off to re-evaluate whether he is a Roman Catholic -- with some very clear counseling from the Holy Father, the Catechism, Veritatis Splendor, Dominus Iesus, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, .... In the meantime, let's continue to pray for a reform of the Society of Jesus, with the help of Pope Benedict XVI and the orthodox Jesuits... I can think of several who could readily replace Fr.Wild at Marquette.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2005 2:36 PM ET USA

    What kind of respect for human dignity is being taught in the classroom of their in house moral theologan Dan McGuire?

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2005 10:40 AM ET USA

    If the Church were to internalize, "We must not knowingly act in a way that others will believe, based on their experience, to be an attack on their dignity as fellow human beings.", it would disappear tomorrow. The capacity of our sentimentalized neighbors in this country to be offended is infinite.

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