By Diogenes (articles ) | May 06, 2005

NEW ORLEANS's JESUIT UNIVERSITY is honoring pro-abortion pols next week, and Archbishop Alfred Hughes is refusing to take part in the capitulation.

Hughes said he decided he could not attend commencement ceremonies May 13 and 14 "lest my presence confuse the faithful and give the impression that it is appropriate to include in an honor anyone who dissents publicly from church teaching."

Not bad, for an opening gambit. "Appropriate" is the wrong word, suggesting that a blunder in table manners is at stake, but all parties can read the code easily enough. I like the deft body-slam in the Archbishop's statement, which by a double feint says 1) it's a bad action to honor pro-aborts; 2) clergymen ought to avoid even the appearance of wrongdoing; 3) the Jesuits have manifestly failed not only in this duty (the impression of evil), but have effected the bad action itself.

P.S. The honorees in question only countenance the termination of little pregnancies. They're moderates.

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  • Posted by: - May. 09, 2005 9:57 PM ET USA

    "Appropriate" is the wrong adjective, but then, Hughes has had so little practice standing on principle his lack of intellect can be forgiven.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - May. 06, 2005 7:09 PM ET USA

    scratch wildes name he moved to Marquettee and screwed up the university nickname decision. refusing to restore Warriors staying with the "Gold". How stupid. Gee mom I am going to practice my jumpshot I want to play for the Gold when I go to college.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - May. 06, 2005 6:52 PM ET USA

    Remember that the Society of Jesus is not a democratic organization. There are three resposnsibles: The University President who directly decides but the community superior to whom the the president must respond and the provincial superior who lives in the same residence probably knew and were part of the decison. Fr. James Badley ([email protected]) is the superior, Kevin Wildes is the president ([email protected]) Alfred Kammer is the provincial ([email protected])

  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2005 5:26 PM ET USA

    Mad. (Dam reversed).

  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2005 5:25 PM ET USA


  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2005 3:00 PM ET USA

    <> Well, then it's OK for the Bishop Hughes to also be a moderate -- only excommunicating half of the Jebbies at the University. This will be an interesting year watching this problem come to a head boyt locally and at the Vatican.

  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2005 1:02 PM ET USA

    I read the Times Picayune story, reporting that Hughes will "snub" the university. Perhaps one of Cardinal McCarrick's canon law experts can tell us whether snubbing constitutes a 'sanction' under the Code. We soon shall see whether, while he is not attending the commencement at the university, Hughes will attend to commencement of an "appropriate" canonical action against the university. Meanwhile, Archbishop Burke surely will be available for drafting help.

  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2005 12:39 PM ET USA

    The archdiocese seems to have lost its copy of the Code of Canon Law. Here is an excerpt for His Excellency, just two little canons shy of 812 on the mandatum. Can. 810, s. 2: "The conferences of bishops and diocesan bishops concerned have the duty and right of being watchful so that the principles of Catholic doctrine are observed faithfully in these same universities." If his tribunal is not too busy handing out marriage annulments, perhaps Hughes, dutifully, can 'commence' an action.