The Jesuit tradition

The Jesuit tradition

Ah, the incongruities of Jesuit university life. On the one hand, a large group of Boston College students stage a protest walkout of someone speaking against gay marriage, and it is hailed as a triumph of “correct thought.” Meanwhile, on the very same page of the college newspaper, we are treated to a story about a protest against the defense contractor Raytheon.

On the gay marriage protest, the speaker was Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute, and he was invited to speak by Fr. Ron Tacelli and the campus St. Thomas More Society. You have to wonder why these people came in the first place. I suspect that they intended to walk out all along, especially since most of them said they attending a pro-gay counter-protest. Of course, the lemming effect can’t be discounted either:

Though reluctant to leave at first, Lulu Wang, A&S ‘05, felt compelled to join in this silent protest. “It was a powerful movement. Everyone was leaving, and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Wang.

If everybody else jumped off a bridge .... Never mind. Still, it’s apparent that the presentation of principles related to Catholic moral teaching was not welcome at this Jesuit university.