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

Friday, December 08, 2006

Law School Chaplain to FUMARE: "Macula Est in Te!"

Ann Arbor (AP)--On a day which the Catholic Church dedicates to the stainless Virgin Mary, the Chaplain of the Ave Maria School of Law, Fr. Michael Orsi, delivered a stinging rebuke to critics of the school's administration and Board. In his homily for the Holy Day, he drew a striking contrast to the stainless Virgin Mary by pointing out the multitude of "stains" that are the faculty, alumni and all those who criticize the current governance of the school. Reaffirming his belief that the school would be nothing without Thomas Monaghan and Bernard Dobranski, Orsi proceeded to chide critics including those who would contribute to blogs critical of the law school's administration and governance. "I couldn't believe it," said a current second year law student who would only speak on the condition of anonymity. "I would have thought that the school's Chaplain would be above the fray. Unfortunately, we know with whom he has thrown his lot. I hope he at least gets a nice new pair of cufflinks for Christmas from Bern-Dawg!" Another student, again speaking on the condition of anonymity commented: "What does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world but lose his soul...and for a Research Fellowship in Law & Religion." Professor Reginald Corcoran, Research Fellow in Law & Religion at Collegio San Ignacio and Sometime Fellow at Charlie's Oil & Lube, commented, "This is highly unusual for a priest to take such a public role in this type of controversy. I believe it was Thomas [Aquinas] in the Secunda Secundae [of the Summa Theologiae] who said that clerics should abstain from participation in war. I think that analogically that applies here." Mrs. Kate O'Beirne of the law school's Board of Governors had a prior committment and could not be reached for comment. Similarly, the law school's administration was unavailable for comment.