Creative Minority Report does an excellent fisk on the reply letter by St. Joseph University regarding the Chris Matthews invite.
The reply is no real surprise and I think I could have wrote it for them. Not just a single issue – check. Can’t please everybody – check. He is a respected journalist – check. Once you throw in that diversionary template you don’t have to give any real answers.
I guess big deal that he called pro-lifers terrorists for opposing Catholic abortion supporter Gov. Sevelius. But hey you can’t please everybody. Besides he has a wealth of experience being a host of a second rate news show on a third tier cable news network. We can’t all be as smart as Jesuit educated Matthews who thinks when human life begins is a “metaphysical” questions as he said before. So what if he also opposes the church on homosexual acts and contraception since he covered the fall of the Berlin wall. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. the President of the university goes on to say:
Chris Matthews is also a proud, Jesuit-educated Catholic, who attended The College of the Holy Cross. In 2003, that school granted Matthews an honorary degree but came under fire because of his view on abortion. In my conversations with Chris, he told me that he has never questioned the teaching authority of the Church. He is an active member of his parish in Washington, D.C. He is a political commentator who raises issues on how intrusive government should be. Matthews has also received honorary degrees from eight other Catholic universities.
Yes, other people did it is an acceptable excuse for a Catholic university president. Besides if you don’t follow what the Church teaches on abortion you sure as Hell are questioning the teaching authority of the Church. Such as phrase can only make sense with a view of teaching authority that means absolutely nothing, more like tolerance in that they are allowed to teach, but that you have no responsibility to follow the teaching.