Catholic Campus Wars Redux
It seems that Catholic University of America has abruptly cancelled an 11-part lecture series, titled “Building Catholic Communities” (no wisecracks needed) due to the participation of two controversial figures, E. Michael Jones, editor of the South Bend, Ind.-based Culture Wars magazine, and John Sharpe, founder of the Norfolk-based IHS Press and the Legion of St. Louis, an Internet-based forum.
The Southern Poverty Law Center denounced the two as “raging anti-Semites” because they apparently espouse views that reject Vatican II reforms and have made disparaging comments about Jews. I don’t have much else to go on besides a report from The Washington Times and the SPLC site itself. The two gentlemen do seem to hold problematic views.
But two questions present themselves: First, how did they come to be part of such a series? (And why is the Catholic Information Center giving them a venue if the bishops’ university won’t?)
And how does this differ–if it does–from issues referred to in various previous posts about “liberal” groups and speakers being denied forums at Catholic sites?
(Hat Tip to “Uncle Di”–whoever you are.)