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By Diogenes ( articles ) | Nov 15, 2006

Boston College's student newspaper asked students, faculty, and administrators what they understood by the phrase "Jesuit ideals." The twenty-eight published responses show that the meaning is not univocal. Here's what the Director of Undergratuate Admissions had to say:

The earliest Jesuits sought to encounter the world in its richness and wonder, as well as its problems and challenges. It's that ideal that we are aspiring to here at Boston College. We want to prepare our graduates to encounter an even richer and more complex world and and to make a difference with their professional skills and their personal qualities.

OK, he made it across the political/ecclesiastical creek with his socks dry, but there's nothing in these "ideals" that can't be affirmed by Texas Tech or Oral Roberts or the Marcia Blaine School for Girls. Many kennels offer obedience classes that are comparably Christo-centric.

A Junior-year undergrad was less reticent in his opinion:

"Jesuit ideals" is a catchphrase used by someone with a cause that they think other people should support simply by virtue of attending Boston College or other Jesuit universities. This catchphrase is used to lend moral weight to causes that almost always run contrary to Catholic doctrines.

Sad to encounter such cynicism in one of tender years. As always, Uncle Di prefers to stress the positive, noting that BC's policy on transfer of graduate credits is entirely in keeping with the norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae and the Second Vatican Council.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2010 10:33 PM ET USA

    I saw bumper sticker, which might shed some light and truth to this subject, which read, "I believe in the Big Bang Theory,God said BANG" and that was It!" Deacon Pat

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2010 12:30 PM ET USA

    Al Gore

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2010 11:01 AM ET USA

    To extend Japheth's comment: according to the General Theory of Relativity, gravity is a property of space. The Big Bang came out of a nothing, by definition a null-space. No space, no gravity. Hawking knows that. He's just so busy making pronouncements about the fate of the universe, he forgot.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2010 9:01 AM ET USA

    Hawking may be a great physicist, but he flunked Philosophy 101 - he conflates necessary and sufficient causes. Having found necessary causes for creation he (arrogantly) assumes their sufficiency.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2010 10:05 PM ET USA

    I think that Stephen may be either entering the dark night of the soul, or experiencing a desolation, either way, it might be a good thing for his soul in the end. Prayers for the man to exit the darkness and nihilism that he must currently find himself in. Where does he think he might go when he will die?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 02, 2010 9:41 PM ET USA

    May one assume that neither the brilliant Dr. Hawking nor his publicist deliberately chose today to release this material? Since the first reading at today's Mass is from 1 Corinthians 3:18-23, when Paul tells us "..the wisdom of this world is absurdity with God." And quotes, "'He catches the wise in their craftiness'; and again, 'The Lord knows how empty are the thoughts of the wise.'" (NAB) Proving once again, not only that there is there a God, but also that He has a sense of humor.

  • Posted by: Japheth - Sep. 02, 2010 8:36 PM ET USA

    Hawking is an intelligent man, but one couldn't tell by such quotes as, "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing." Last time I checked, gravity required something with mass in order to exist. Maybe there are other laws of physics that don't require matter but can spontaneously create. I thought the only thing that could be spontaneously created without God were votes for Al Franken.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2010 6:32 PM ET USA

    That's the whole problem with anti-creation theories that are based on "laws" -- if everything is spontaneous and random, "laws" should not exist. And "spontaneous creation" defies the laws of science itself. "Nothing will come of nothing; speak again." King Lear (Act I, Scene 1) "Nothing comes of nothing. Nothing ever could!" From "Something Good," The Sound of Music.