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behind the curve

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 01, 2005

Alan Wolfe is Professor of Political Science at Boston College (Chestnut Hill's Jesuit university) and director of the university's Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. Here he displays his grasp of the religion to which his host institution once professed allegiance:

Offered as a non-biased solution to church-state conflicts, Feldman's proposal, like separation of church and state itself, is biased against some religions and in favor of others. It may make sense to allow symbolic displays of religion, but some religions are very symbolic while others are not. Catholics, for example, worship statues of saints, which conservative Protestants generally view as a form of idolatry.

To repeat a line of Patrick Madrid (in response to a querulous Evangelical): "We Catholics don't really worship statues anymore. We worship banners."

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 04, 2005 10:59 PM ET USA

    Clearly, with such confusion about fundamental Catholic Church teachings, we can see that not only gays, but protestants have taken over faculty and administrative posts at BC... Let us pray for Catholic identity to be restored to BC... and for the very few orthodox Roman Catholic faculty/administrators who remain to be courageous and bold in their Catholic witness to the fullness of the Faith.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 02, 2005 4:19 PM ET USA

    (from the Boston College faculty Bio) " Wolfe's One Nation, After All (1999) argued that the “culture war” was largely the work of intellectuals; most Americans were not deeply divided over moral issues." I'm so sick of this kind of arrogance from snot-nosed egg-heads that think they're so much smarter than the rest of us. I suppose he may have a point however--- we keep sending our children to the indoctrination tanks without question and are willing to pay thousands upon thousands to do it.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 02, 2005 10:52 AM ET USA

    BC's sorry shortcomings notwithstanding, a distinction between revering statues and other images of saints and worshipping God is fundamental to the most elementary catechesis (i.e., primary grades). Apparently, Emperor Wolfe has been so broadly and repeatedly stroked for his academic accomplishments he lost sight of his own nakedness.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 02, 2005 10:37 AM ET USA

    Boston College alums. need not fret. With the first season as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Professor Wolfe's blunders will most likely pass without note. Let's all attend to the really important things - like football.

  • Posted by: Fiducia - Aug. 02, 2005 9:22 AM ET USA

    The problem at BC doesn't stem from the poly sci department. During the 1970s I often heard Jesuits speak counter to Church teachings and take liberties with the Mass, e.g., "This is the bread which represents the Body of Christ" at the consecration, instead of "This is My Body." The gay subculture was firmly established, supported by boys who had been introduced during their days at all-male Catholic high schools. Paul Shanley was widely admired. Devout Jesuits fought an uphill battle.

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