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

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Fr. Fessio Talks About AMU

Sober Inebriation has an interview with Fr. Joseph Fessio, theologian-in-residence at Ave Maria University. The interview covers topics such as "the reform of the reform" and Catholic education. Towards the end, Fr. Fessio talks about his relationship with Ave Maria University. As you recall, in March 2007, Fr. Fessio was fired from AMU as provost, and then he was rehired the very next day as "theologian-in-residence" in order to quell the impending riots.

Here is the excerpt that I find especially interesting:
Fr. Fessio: For reasons I have still not been given, I was asked to resign as provost. I refused to resign, so I was fired. I was asked to come back the next day in a different position. I came back because I believe the university is bigger than one person, me, or anybody else, and I think that we have a tremendous opportunity for the truth and for the faith. So, if I refused to come back, there would be some people who would be very skeptical of the university; donors, parents, and students. I didn't want that to happen.
"For reasons I have still not been given, I was asked to resign as provost." What!? As of approximately February 20, 2008, 11 months later, Fr. Fessio still hasn't been told why he was fired? Fr. Fessio is obviously more passive than I; if I were in Fr. Fessio's place, I wouldn't stand for having AMU benefit from my person and reputation, while not respecting me enough to explain why I had gotten fired.

HT: Boko