Kresta in the Afternoon – June 22, 2010 – Hour 2

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    5:00 – Another Catholic University Fails a Litmus Test

    Marquette University's decision to withdraw an offer to Jodi O'Brien, a self-described "sexuality scholar" to become Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Jesuit-led institution continues to divide the faculty. Although Ms. O'Brien reached a settlement with the University last week, her supporters maintain that she is the victim of homophobia. Teachers who criticized the initial job offer say that Ms. O'Brien's sexual orientation is not what disqualifies her, but rather the fact that her publications disparage Catholic moral teachings on marriage, sexuality and the family. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki has spoken openly on the Catholic identity of the school. We talk to Anne Hendershott who had a story on this controversy in the Wall Street Journal this weekend.

    5:20 – Trends in Catholic Identity at Catholic Colleges and Universities

    Founded in 1993, the mission of The Cardinal Newman Society is to help renew and strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education. Today's Catholic university or college certainly can be authentically Catholic. However, the Catholic identity of many Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States has become increasingly clouded and the essential elements of Catholic education have been discarded for the sake of a mistaken notion of academic freedom. Many Catholic colleges and universities have pursued a secular model as the university ideal to a point where their own Catholic identity and mission within the Church is no longer clear. President Patrick Reilly is here to discuss the trends in Catholic identity at these schools over the last 17 years.

    5:40 – Open Line

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