RECANT OR BE EXCOMMUNICATED.  Tomas de Torquemada and Ignatius Loyola are no longer in charge of the Society of Jesus, but their heirs at Marquette University have summoned the heretic John McAdams before the Diet of Worms.
We just got out of a meeting with Provost John Pauly, Interim Arts & Sciences Dean Rev. Philip J. Rossi, and Political Science Department Chair Barrett L. McCormick.
Professor McAdams's sin is not that of questioning papal authority, or the selling of indulgences, or denying the King of England a divorce, or even suggesting that pictures exist of priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee with little boys.  He telephoned a student to obtain information about an upcoming performance of The Vagina Monologues, a play with material that might be contrary to Catholic social teaching.  (Cold Spring Shops will remain agnostic on that subject.  Eve Ensler's talkative cooch, as is often the case with characters written with a political point in mind, is not that interesting.  In this backslid Puritan's mind, the topic falls under the category of "Render unto Caesar", or perhaps "When in Sodom, do what ...")

Marquette's chain of command suggests that Professor McAdams has abused his authority as a faculty member by inquiring as a weblogger into student activities.   They may have a point, as there is plenty of play with sophomoric activities among sophomores (as well as the other classes) that ought not be interfered with by the faculty, but something of the "Who will rid me of this troublesome scholar?" comes to mind.

1 comment:

Dr. Tufte said...

OMG ... "talkative cooch" ... I'm still laughing.