- Aug 12, 2020
Advent is the season of waiting and anticipating the coming light.
A doctor’s speech to lay out the “Christian case” for abortion rights at Mississippi State University sparked protests, and has led a pro-life group and Catholic Campus Ministry to announce a counter-event.
Descendants of Isaac Hawkins, one of 272 slaves owned and then sold by the Maryland Jesuits in 1838 to keep Georgetown University in Washington from closing, said talks with the Jesuit-run university have stalled, with one descendant, Dee Taylor, urging the school to “make it right, plain and simple.”
On Wednesday in Chile, Pope Francis laid out a vision of the Catholic university as a bulwark against technology-driven forces of globalized postmodernity that are dissolving the bonds of belonging, sweeping away institutions and turning us into consuming individuals obsessed with gratification and increasingly divorced from cultural and religious roots.
In July 1967, a group of leaders in Catholic higher education gathered in Wisconsin, led by Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame, and issued a landmark document called the “Land O’Lakes Statement.” In some ways it was a post-Vatican II declaration of independence, and a half-century later, its impact is still debated.
Pope Francis has been hailed as a leader and role model in multiple arenas, even the improbable one of business administration. In truth, leaders of Catholic universities, especially in student affairs, can learn a lot about leadership from watching Pope Francis in action.