Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tangled webs of misogyny

This is creepy. Or perhaps just hypocritical.

St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke said this morning that St. Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus should be disciplined over his public comments supporting abortion rights and stem cell research.

Majerus made his comments at a campaign appearance for Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday...

"It's not possible to be a Catholic and hold those positions," Burke said. "When you take a position in a Catholic university, you don't have to embrace everything the Catholic church teaches. But you can't make statements which call into question the identity and mission of the Catholic church."

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Pretty weak identity there if a basketball coach, even a guy whose teams won 325 games at the last school he worked at (Utah), can threaten it.

But the story gets more ugly. Turns out that St. Louis U. plays its basketball games in a new arena, a building whose construction the city of St. Louis assisted by granting $8 million in tax increment financing. This help to St. Louis U. only became possible after a Missouri Supreme Court decision that such a contribution did not violate the separation of church and state,

because SLU is not an organ of the Catholic Church. Opponents of the plan had sued, arguing that the subsidy violates a church-state clause in the state constitution, but the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that SLU "is not controlled by a religious creed."

King Kaufman

For what it is worth, Majerus is a Catholic.

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