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Professor opposes Mass at public university campus

Catholic World News - August 26, 2011

An English professor at Central New Mexico Community College has announced that he will protest an outdoor Mass that will take place on the campus of the University of New Mexico on August 28.

“The announced religious encroachment on public space is disturbing,” said Peter Lundman. “Imagine an analogy, that some Hindu group has planned a ritual blood sacrifice of a goat to Shiva or Kali at the duck pond (I remember my initial revulsion at witnessing this while in Nepal). The offering of the ‘body and blood of Christ’ at the duck pond can be, and I think will be, equally disturbing to non-Catholics.”

“According to the university, we went through all the correct procedures to have our event and it was approved,” said Brother Gabriel Dault of the university’s Aquinas Newman Center. “The university in no way sponsors the event, and it’s the same as letting political groups on to campus.”

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  • Posted by: Guest6455 - Aug. 27, 2011 1:21 PM ET USA

    An event with the :physical presence of a living goat” is surely very different from a sacramental presence of the Christ. If he really does not believe in the sacramental presence and it is for him just nothing (or just an appearance of bread), he should not worry about it also. If it is nothing / non-existing, why does he worry about it?

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Aug. 26, 2011 2:54 PM ET USA

    Absurd. Mr. Lundman can be reached at plundman@cnm.edu.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 26, 2011 10:59 AM ET USA

    Liberals fancy themselves to be our ruling class. So, any manifestation of religious belief on our part requires their explicite permission and is otherwise an 'encroachment'

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