The dissident theologian Hans Küng has suggested that Barack Obama would be a better pope than Benedict XVI. “The mood in the church is oppressive,” Küng told a German outlet. “Benedict is unteachable in matters of birth control and abortion, arrogant and without transparency and restrictive of freedom and human rights.” The theologian who once argued for greater democracy in the Church suggested that the Pope should follow Obama’s example and issue executive orders to bring about radical changes in Church doctrine and discipline, “using the power of his executive office to issue decrees. [source]
Well that is about par for Hans Küng. He argues against the Papacy while at the same time wants the Pope to issue “executive orders” against the will of Christ.
In other news:
Students and faculty returned to Boston College (BC), a Jesuit Catholic institution, for the Spring 2009 semester to find that crucifixes and icons had been placed in many classrooms that had been long bereft of sacred art. This move, which helps strengthen the university’s Catholic identity, came by direct request of President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., according to a campus newspaper editor.
“Bravo for Boston College!” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “For Catholics, outward signs, symbols and practices of our faith are an important part of relating to God in a material world.”
Crucifixes in a Catholic schools, wow what a concept. Though it is rather sad that actually having crucifix in a classroom is a positive development.
American Papist notes the following story “BC Professors Protest Crucifixes: Professors Threaten Resignation Over the Placement of Crucifixes in Classrooms.”
Returning to school for the spring semester, some professors were shocked to lean about a new university policy that added crucifix to every classroom on campus over the winter break. Calling the crucifixes and Catholic icons offensive at a Jesuit University, at least one professor is refusing to teach in classrooms adorned by crucifix even if he should have to move his class to a different room at his own expense.
Well that professor who refuses to be in the same room as a crucifix needs to be tested. For example some Holy Water thrown on him or checking to see if he casts a reflection in the mirror.
Professor Hoveyda, the Vanderslice Millennium Professor and Chemistry at Boston College, found it disconcerting that the faculty were not consulted before the decision to implement crucifixes was reached by administrators. He stated that “in any respectable university, it is the faculty who is responsible for the level and quality of the education of our students; this does not pertain to administration, particularly those who are either not scholars or are have never in there live been highly respected serious scholars.
What? So the level and quality of education is affected by a crucifix on the wall? What kind of serious scholar do you have to be to decide to have a crucifix in a Catholic classroom? The professor goes on so say this action “denigrate the faculty.”
Even some professors who recognize a duty on the part of a Catholic university to expose its students to Catholics object to the crucifixes on the basis that they impose too much upon the religious freedom of students. Professor Scott, a member of chemistry department, commented that “as a Jesuit university, BC does have a duty, in my opinion to expose its student to Catholicism. However, “expose” and “impose” ought never to be confused.
Yes a crucifix imposes Catholicism. Students are forced to accept Catholicism against their will at the site of the corpus on the cross. All I can say is if these professors resign, BC will have been done a favor.
“For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:22-24)
The scandal of the cross continues which is foolishness to BC professors.