23 January 2008

It Takes a Big Man to Admit He's Wrong

No, not Rick Majerus-- he's wrong, but hasn't admitted it. It's me. I was wrong. I had mistakenly believed that Post-Dispatch writer Bryan Burwell's ignorance was limited to sports. But it also extends to matters of religion and the First Amendment.

Mea culpa!


Anonymous said...

Do not for one second try to defend that you are not making fun of Majerus' weight in that headline.
Your maturity shines again!

Anonymous said...

As with most of the Post-Disgrace's "journalists", Burwell is a joke, akin to moonbat Sylvester Brown.

A few years ago, I suppose in an attempt to seem controversial, he wrote that Lance Armstrong wasn't an athlete, not really. Now he thinks his position qualifies him to dictate how our great Archbishop, Raymond Burke, should run our Archdiocese.

I know Moonbat Brown isn't a Roman Catholic, though he felt that he had to chime in on the side of those women "priests". One wonders when he is going to attack the patriarchy in the black church.I wonder if Burwell is a Roman Catholic. If he is, someone needs to tell him that the cafeteria is closed.

thetimman said...

Dear Mr. Majerus, thank you for your comment. I am properly chastened.

YoungCatholicSTL said...

Two comments:

1. Burwell's article is ridiculous. To keep it purely on a sports level, athletes are never free to say whatever they want (or at least not without discipline). Case in point is Scott Rolen. He spoke out against the Cardinals and management and (1) got benched at times over the last two seasons, and (2) eventually got traded.
I remember when I was the Grand Knight of SLU's Knights of Columbus. There was no such thing as "making a statement in my capacity as a private citizen." I chose to accept a specific role, and with that role, I accepted the responsibility of acting a certain way. I had very strong feelings (both good and bad) at times on SLU's campus, but I had to bite my tongue because I knew that anything I said reflected back on my organization.
The same is true for Majerus. Anyone in that type of position is ALWAYS viewed through a different lens. When he chose to accept the position and the public role, he also chose to accept the responsibility of representing SLU and the Catholic Church. The idea that he can speak in his private capacity is ludicrous.

2. Bring back Brad Soderberg. He was a daily (or at least almost daily) communicant. I frequently saw him at the noon or 5:15 mass at the College Church. I'd much rather have a man that represents my university with class and dignity than a guy who can win me a few more basketball games.

P.S. On a positive note about SLU, I have received word that over the last approximately 5 years, the line for confession has over quadrupled before the student mass. It used to be one priest for a half-hour before mass. Now its two priests for an hour, and confessions frequently extend well into mass time now. Maybe they're all confessing the scandal they feel at having Rick Majerus represent the university...