Monday, January 17, 2011

The CINO College: A Look Back In Time

Have you ever wondered how the slippery slope that the CINO Colleges seem to be skating down got started? I admit I always just figured it was a gradual result of the 60s and poor catechesis. Yesterday I discovered a wonderful new blog (how had I not seen it before!!!) and as I read through her most popular posts this one, My regrettable exchange with a Catholic University Professor, caught my eye. Of course I had to rush right over to read it.

Next I found myself sending it to Paul (still in Rome) with a note saying it sounded like a particular professor of his. This would be the professor that yelled across the college green asking him why the hell he was going to the school he's attending (he doesn't understand why an orthodox practicing Catholic would go to this particular CINO). He wrote back and asked me why I thought it was Prof. H. I replied that I really didn't think it was, but that the temper and insults reminded me of him (and the things he's said to Paul in his arrogant condescension).

But back to the point of this post. While reading Leila's great post, I followed the link she suggested about the Land of Lakes Rebellion. And suddenly quite a few pieces were falling into place. Here's a highlight (really a lowlight... since it's a low point for Catholic education...):
...This was all clearly and piously set forth in the second sentence in the Land O’Lakes declaration:

To perform its teaching and research functions effectively the Catholic university must have a true autonomy and academic freedom in the face of authority of whatever kind, lay or clerical, external to the academic community itself.

The statement has become mere fine print over time after it was buried in the marketing flourishes of the university public relations machinery. It is, nevertheless, the academic version of Non serviam. At the very least, it leaves aside Catholic teaching on artificial contraception, embryonic research and abortion—the flash points for the current outrage. But beyond the hot button moral teachings of the Church, this declaration positions the entire corpus of Catholic doctrine as negotiable elements within the “academic community itself.”

Unless the academic community itself determines to accept the truth that God is “… the Father, the Almighty,…” the assertion has no claim over the intellectual life of the school. The entire Nicene Creed and the corpus of Church doctrine is simply irrelevant to the intellectual life of the school unless, until, or as long as the academic community itself makes it relevant. The academic community itself is no longer a disciple, it is the magisterium.

If Church teaching on abortion becomes a problem, the academic community itself can decide to minimize it. If the doctrine on the Incarnation, or the eternal paternity of God the Father is a problem, well, here today, gone tomorrow.

According to the Notre Dame administration, the academic community itself contains all teaching authority within the confines of the school. The Pope and the bishop have no teaching authority inside the school except that granted to them by the academic community itself. Arguably, God has no authority at Notre Dame—unless the academic community itself sees fit. To claim otherwise would be a violation of “true autonomy.” God forbid!"
Ugh. Isn't that disgusting? I strongly recommend reading the entire article.

I think that the conversation that I had with the priest (who I like!) when my husband interviewed for his current school, is a reflection of this way of thinking in academia. I asked if the school was loyal to the teaching of the magesterium. And he laughed as if I'd said something hilarious and then said "of course not" and something about the professor's never standing for that and they're freedom. Ah yes, "freedom."

Oh the warning signs we ignore!

Then again, at least he's gotten a pretty good foundation in arguing with the poor, misguided heterodox professors.

1 comment:

  1. Cam, I am so thrilled that the post helped you understand what has gone horribly wrong with Catholic higher education! Thank you, thank you for spreading the word. We've got to take our universities back. God bless you and your husband!


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