Fay Vincent, 67, the former baseball commissioner, has turned down an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Sacred Heart University, and also resigned from the Board of Trustees of Fairfield University, citing the Vatican’s recent firing of the Rev. Thomas Reese, editor of the magazine America.
I’ve been a supporter of America for 25 years," Vincent said in an interview from his Greenwich home on Monday. "This thing really bothered me terribly. I have read the magazine carefully and it was always respectful to the church. For me, not taking the degree was a matter of principle."
Well I guess he wasn’t that careful of a reader since being respectful to the Church does not include advocating positions at odds with Church teaching and showing these positions as having equally valid weight. The response to the resigning of Fr. Reese continues to amaze me. I even saw a reference to it in Rolling Stone mixed in with music news. It is amazing that colleges and universities can ignore Church teaching and mock the latest papal encyclical and it doesn’t bother many people. This university also has coed dormitories and this is no longer a shock to anybody but is the practice of the majority of Catholic schools. But if an editor of a magazine is forced to resign because of questionable editorial practices someone will shun an honorary degree. Talk about mixed priorities.