Bishops are standing up all over, and about time. Last week it was Archbishop John Myers of Newark:
"As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Newark, I am responsible for maintaining the Catholic identity of all Church institutions and organizations within the Archdiocese, and for ensuring authentic and orthodox Catholic teaching in all educational institutions and parishes," stated the archbishop. That responsibility extends to our Catholic elementary and high schools, to our parish religious education programs for both adults and children, and to the Catholic colleges and university operating within my jurisdiction."
His Excellency was responding to proposed course on same-sex "marriage" to be offered at Seton Hall University by a homosexualist professor. The course claimed to examine marriage from an "academic" perspective.
This week it is Bishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee, and Marquette University President Robert Wild. LifeSiteNews reports:
"An uproar among homosexualist forces has ensued after Marquette University President Father Robert Wild withdrew a job offered to an openly lesbian professor, citing her academic writings' sexually explicit content as out of line with Catholic teaching. According to some reports, Milwaukee Archboshop Jerome Listecki's input on the matter was a key influence his decision to withdraw the offer.
Jodi O'Brien, who is currently a Sociology professor at Seattle University, which is also a Jesuit Catholic Institution, had been offered the job of Dean of the Marquette College of Arts and Sciences, before Marquette University rescinded the offer Thursday....
One professor, speaking to Milwaukee Magazine on condition of anonymity, said that Fr. Wild told the faculty that Archbishop Listecki had expressed an opinion on the matter that had a bearing on his decision."
I bloody well hope so! Tom Peters at American Papist provides this helpful suggestion:
"So please, if you have a moment, write a brief note to Rev. Wild expressing your thanks and encouragement. His email is email@example.com. It would be good if all the subject lines read “THANK YOU FOR BEING FAITHFUL.” After all the hate mail he has probably received, I’m sure it would be nice for him to open up an inbox full of these messages.
If you are feeling especially active, you can also copy the email to Most Rev. Jerome Listecki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I believe the Catholic community is best when we publicly support brave defenders of our Catholic faith and values like Rev. Wild and Bishop Listecki. The light of our faith is nothing if we hide it under a basket. "