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Vanderbilt's discrimination policy drives Catholic group off campus

Catholic World News - March 28, 2012

A Catholic student group has decided to move off the Vanderbilt University campus after the school ruled that campus groups cannot restrict membership on the basis of religious beliefs.

Father John Sims Baker, the chaplain of Vanderbilt Catholic, said that the group will become a private, off-campus organization because of the “discriminatory non-discrimination policy” set forth by the university. “Our purpose has always been to share the Gospel and proudly to proclaim our Catholic faith,” he said. “What other reason could there be for a Catholic organization at Vanderbilt?”

A Vanderbilt official expressed regret at the Catholic group’s decision, but voiced no misgivings about the policy that prompted it and said that most on-campus groups “easily will comply with the policy.”

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  • Posted by: Peter - Mar. 28, 2012 10:34 PM ET USA

    In a related story: Vanderbilt Atheist is in the process of moving in to the recently vacated office of Vanderbilt Catholic. A spokesperson for the organization said "We'll take anybody".

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 28, 2012 1:37 PM ET USA

    Which speaks volumes about most on-campus groups at Vanderbilt.

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