SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE, Feb. 10 — The University of Notre Dame’s sponsorship of a seminar and film festival that showcases presenters who openly oppose Catholic moral teaching on homosexuality is an “abuse of academic freedom” because it gives “no place … to the presentation of Catholic teaching,” wrote Bishop John M. D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.
“Freedom is always linked to truth,” wrote Bishop D’Arcy. “What about the rights of the Church to have its teachings properly presented? What about the rights of parents?”
Bishop D’Arcy concluded his column with quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that call for compassion for homosexual persons while clarifying that homosexual acts do not “proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
THE SYRACUSE POST-STANDARD, Feb. 4 — LeMoyne College will establish the Sanzone Center for Catholic Studies and Theological Reflection with a $1 million gift from Francis Sanzone, a 1964 graduate of the Jesuit college.
The center will host lectures and programs addressing Catholic issues. It also will work with Contemporary Catholic Trends, an ongoing polling project that has tracked the beliefs and opinions of U.S. Catholics since 2001.
GAINSVILLE TIMES, Feb. 10 — Southern Catholic College has picked a new site for its campus and officials believe it has paved the way for the school, founded in 2000 with an original start date in 2003, to open its doors Sept. 8 of this year.
The school has closed on a 100-acre site in Dawsonville, Ga., that once served as Gold Creek Resort, and features nine buildings that were once used as resort accommodations and will be used as student residence halls.
The college has also recently hired four key executives, three vice presidents and one dean.
ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES, Feb. 12 — Richard Yanikoski, president of St. Xavier University in Chicago from 1994-2003, has been named president and executive director of the association, known by the acronym ACCU.
He will succeed Monika Hellwig, effective Aug. 15.
Prior to his service at St. Xavier, Yanikoski was the associate vice president for academic affairs at DePaul University, also in Chicago.
Yanikoski acknowledged that financial constraints are significant challenges to private colleges, and that “secular pressures” tend to weaken Catholic identity. He said the “future demands continuous vigilance and effort.”
CHRONICLE.COM, Feb. 12 — Canisius College Athletics Director Timothy Dillon and his assistant, Marshall Foley, have resigned over the handling of an incident in which the men’s hockey team, on a road trip to North Dakota, conducted a party with alcohol and trashed a hotel room, injuring a player, reported the Web site of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Canisius President Father Vincent Cooke said an investigation by the Jesuits’ Buffalo college found that there had been a lack of supervision on the trip, and that the response of the two officials had been “completely unacceptable.”