Cutting the Ties that Biondi?
The student government at Saint Louis University has joined the faculty and is calling for the ouster of President Fr. Lawrence Biondi. The cause most often stated is the now-pulled proposal to change the tenure rules for faculty. To this idea I make no comment, as I have never worked in the field of higher education. I understand that faculty would be motivated by their job security. I guess also that thinking students (whatever that percentage may be) believe that faculty uncertainty could lead to faculty exodus and difficulty in hiring quality faculty, thus hurting the marketability of their degrees. OK, I get that. But you know what? It would have been nice, at a "Catholic" university, to see faculty and students get half as worked up by the many decisions and policies of the administration that violated the school's Catholic identity and mission, and the truths of the Catholic faith and the natural law. These have been legion-- from the school's disavowal of the descriptor "Catholic" in open Court, to its many questionable personnel decisions ( the highest profile ones involving pro-abortion faculty including Rick Majerus and the odious new dean of the law school), to its groups that oppose the Church's teaching on ordination and oppose the Divine Law on marriage, to its production of the V-Monologues, and so on, and so on...That is why I find the above photo from the P-D to be just a bit ironic. I don't know if Fr. Biondi will hang on or not. But it would be nice if the next SLU President wanted to run an actually Catholic University.