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Milwaukee archbishop opposed appointment of lesbian dean at Marquette

May 12, 2010

Marquette University rescinded an offer to appoint a lesbian as dean after Milwaukee's Archbishop Jerome Listecki expressed concern about the move, the Journal-Sentinel reports.

Informed of the university's plan to offer the post to Jodi O'Brien, a gender-studies specialist, Archbishop Listecki phoned Marquette's president, Father Robert Wild, to voice his concerns. The university later backed away from the appointment.

At a session with students and faculty members, Father Wild denied that Marquette had bowed to outside pressure. But when asked whether the archbishop's opposition had swayed the administration, Father Wild only replied that Archbishop Listecki "can speak for himself."


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