22 January 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Headline: "Archbishop Says Majerus should be Disciplined"

From STLToday, the Post's current coverage of the Majerus/SLU/Archbishop Burke matter:

Archbishop says Majerus should be disciplined

By Deirdre Shesgreen
and Tom Timmerman

St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke said this morning that St. Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus should be disciplined over his public comments supporting abortion rights and stem cell research.

Majerus made his comments at a campaign appearance for Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday night during an interview with KMOV (Channel 4).

During an interview with the Post-Dispatch today in Washington, where Burke is attending the March for Life, he said the coach should be disciplined.

"It's not possible to be a Catholic and hold those positions," Burke said. "When you take a position in a Catholic university, you don't have to embrace everything the Catholic church teaches. But you can't make statements which call into question the identity and mission of the Catholic church.

"The archbishop declined to offer specifics of what discipline Majerus should face. "I'm confident it (the university) will deal with the question of a public representative making declarations that are inconsistent with the Catholic faith."


This situation highlights the problems inherent in the interplay between a Diocesan Ordinary and a religious order operating within his jurisdiction. The order does not experience the jurisdiction of the local ordinary in the same way that Joe Catholic would. Hence the fact that though the issue is an entirely appropriate one with which the Archbishop is concerned, it is also appropriate that the Archbishop stated that it is a matter for the university to address.

The university issued a statement that these were Majerus' private comments and, to paraphrase, were no big deal. Please don't hold your breath waiting for the Jesuits to come to the aid of the Archbishop. Cardinal Rigali, if you'll recall, was very much against the proposed sale of SLU hospital to Tenet, but Father Biondi closed the deal anyway. More of the same.

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