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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Fumare Keeps Smoking, the AMSL Administration Continues to Reek

For those of you who have not dusted off your Oxford Latin Dictionary (OLD) in some time, a refresher is needed. The verb--and I'll use the infinitive form for ease--fumare literally means "to smoke" or "to reek." Our first post was on this very topic and, though not quoting directly the OLD, it did reference an old mainstay, the Lewis and Short Latin Dictionary. I begin this post this way because it is clear that to some we are "smoking" and to others we merely "reek."
In any event, the developments at our alma mater over the past year have brought this blog into the center of the controversy. There are other blogs (i.e., WhoseAMSOL and WhichAve) out there which serve as a repository for documents and commentary on the controversy and are an invaluable resource for those who want to get a good historical perspective on the many issues that make up the current crisis at AMSL. But allow me to toot our horn--Fumare is THE place to be!

It has come to my attention that this blog is well read by all those interested in the controversy both on the ground at the school as well as in far off places such as Washington, D.C., Germany, LA, South Bend, Boston, Chicago and even Rome itself. (No, I'm not talking Cardinal Marotta, I am referring to these guys.). The people who read us are also varied: attorneys in the NY Attorney General's office, a graphic designer in Boston, a small business owner in Cleveland, interested women religious, a high powered lawyer for a major firm in Chicago, a professor at Georgetown University and friends in every walk of life. Needless to say, the information of this conflict has gained national attention by this blog. Having such an audience naturally gives us pause. Who would've thought little FUMARE could get such readership--after all, we are just a bunch of lawyers who want to talk about the things that interest us.

We are all different gentlemen, working in different areas of the law, and have different approaches. The different "approach" is what gets people worked up. Fair enough. As we have seen over the past several weeks, FUMARE is not a groupthink enterprise. My well placed "go to hells" are not tactics that are preferred by the likes of Ryder, Thales and others. Personally, sometimes I think Columcille is on crack (Did you see that dog-face? I still have nightmares!). Furthermore, Thursday and I have differences in opinion as to approach, etc. What is certain, however, is our love for our alma mater, and our recognition that the Administration, TM and the inaction of the BoG have been the cause of the discord at the school.

In order to address the situation we have posted links to essential documents and pieces in various national publications. We have also linked to commentary in the Catholic Press, such as the New Oxford Review, The Wanderer and also to other Catholic bloggers who comment on the situation. Among my brothers, I have been the primary poster of parodies, fun contests (ask GenXSurvivor--he should have his prize by now!), and anything to demonstrate absurdity by being absurd. I make no apologies and will not take anything back. Readers know that I do not censor comments even when they disagree with me (I still can't believe that is possible!). Those who call for me to stop what I call the "fun stuff," you are barking up the wrong tree. I will continue to have fun at the expense of those in power who may talk the talk but do not walk the walk.

The bottom line is that this controversy is not just about AMSL, it is about upholding the dignity of the human person and ensuring that people are not treated like pizzas. FUMARE will continue to expose these unjust and inequitable actions.

P.S. Don't forget to write respectful letters to the BoG.