Letters to the Editor
I am a once-proud Xavier Alumnus from the class of 1984. I supported many fundraising efforts, including the annual fund, was a long-time member of the Businesses Mobilized for Xavier (BMX), and even a basketball season ticketholder for several years. My wife is also a Xavier grad. We want to be proud of our Xavier Jesuit education, but find that difficult now, because we hold our Catholic faith as highest priority and don’t see that same priority evident in Xavier’s philosophy. Over the years I have seen Xavier sacrifice Catholic values for secular pressures, when we most need to stand up for those values. Xavier has often invited speakers who support abortion, homosexual marriage and other ant-Catholic beliefs under the guise of open debate. And the magazine often highlights alumni who seem opposed to Catholic values.
Many gray areas can be argued as good or bad for our society (minimum wage increases, government entitlements, environmental issues, capitalism, etc.). However, as Catholics, we believe there are five non-negotiable, intrinsic evils. Yet they rampant in our society today: 1) abortion, 2) euthanasia, 3) embryonic stem cell research, 4) human cloning, 5) homosexual marriage.
Unfortunately many politicians embrace most, if not all of them, as good for society. So hopefully you’ll understand how disturbing it was for me to read about the Philosophy, Politics and the Public (PPP) honors program (Spring 2015). Three of the highlight graduates went on to work for the most anti-Catholic values, pro-abortion politicians out there. Sherrod Brown and Barack Obama are very hostile to Catholic values. And Christopher Hale was actually highlighted in a recent article by Accuracy In Media as “Obama Operative Masquerades as Catholic Expert.” He worked for Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is supported by billionaire atheist George Soros, because it helps confuse Catholics into thinking the Democrats support Catholic values. I know many students are not Catholic, but does that mean we can’t allow Catholic values to influence our philosophy as good for society in general?
Do Catholic values influence the philosophy of this PPP program? Isn’t that part of the mission, “Xavier is a Jesuit Catholic University rooted in the liberal arts tradition?” Is Jesuit Catholic, not also Roman Catholic?
Then I see the Alumni Profile of Mike Moroski, who seems to be doing great work restoring/rehabbing buildings in poor neighborhoods. Something I would love to do. However, you had to highlight that he Moved On from a good Catholic high school, because he supports same-sex marriage. Does that do anything to lift up Catholic values?
Please accept my humble opinion here. I took the time to write this email, because I care about the future of Catholic higher education, especially at my Alma Mater. I see Notre Dame embracing President Obama with an honorary degree, Georgetown covering the sacred name of Jesus, LeMoyne College protesting Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Catholic colleges supporting LGBT causes, and on and on. As a faithful, God-loving, Catholic, I would love to see more great stories of Catholic colleges supporting our Catholic values and highlighting graduates who embrace Catholic values in the world, saving souls for Christ, not leading them astray. Can we start with Xavier Magazine.
Thanks & God bless your work.
–John Robben via email
(I) request that you stop doing the In Memoriam section “half Baked”. Either do the entire section in the Xavier Magazine in print form all the way or do it online. Looks like no one died prior to 1977 in your latest edition. In small print it says “online” at the bottom but older alumni could hardly see it and some have trouble finding it.
If you go online, a good idea (is to) explain in the print section where to find In Memoriam and how to contact the person in charge with e-mail address to add to the list.
Thanks for bringing back the In Memoriam section since it was sorely missed in some of your previous edition.
—Bill Gilham via Comments
I believe George (Summer 2012) was my paternal grandfather’s family. I am fairly sure that Josie was my great grandmother. Do you have any information regarding George’s family’s “original” German name… As I believe it was Van Bueden.
–Carol Griffin via Comments
I began my studies at Xavier in 1963. At the time I had no knowledge of the dynamics of campus politics. However, when the student council invited Ross Barnett to speak on campus I assumed their actions reflected the obvious bent of an all-white student body, ranging from indifference to open hostility to the cause of racial equality.
Reading your article “Fight for Rights” (Summer 2014) I discovered I was wrong in several respects. There were a courageous few who risked their personal safety for the cause, and the invitation to Gov. Barnett was not pernicious, but simply naive. It’s amazing what one learns about personal experiences after 50 years.
–David Bird, Class of 1967 via email
Thanks … wonderful article. Having graduated in 1959, I was married in St. Mary’s Church in Jackson, Mississippi in May 1964, shortly before the Philadelphia murders. I am a Louisville native but my wife’s family was then in Jackson. When we applied for a marriage license (on the “whites” form), I inserted Xavier University in response to the question about university education.
I had forgotten about another Xavier University, the then all-black university in New Orleans. Fearing that we were trying to break the state anti-miscegenation laws, the state officials rejected our application. My prospective father-in-law finally prevailed for us with an affidavit that I was Caucasian and had attended XU in Ohio, not Louisiana.
We have so many memories of the deep South and Jackson, including driving through Canton, Mississippi on our wedding day and being greeted with the absolute chaos of a church bombing that had just occurred. Also, I was almost arrested the day before the wedding for inadvertently walking into the “colored” waiting room at the train station. A policeman thought I might be a demonstrator, but my wife-to-be came to my rescue and charmed the policeman with a Southern drawl and explaining that I was just a dumb Kentuckian and meant no mischief.
It is a great credit to our nation that institutionalized racism and legal inequality were reversed in such relatively short time. It will never be perfect, but it was difficult at the time to imagine the progress we have made.
–George Fritz ’59 via Comments
I want to thank you for your article in the recent XU magazine about the 1960s and civil rights. I especially want to thank for the part on Rudy Hasl and the handful of students who traveled to the south. I was one of the handful of students on that trip. Rudy was an inspirational leader who had spent time at our house. My father, Paul Harkins, was on the faculty and taught Greek and Latin in the HAB program. The Tougaloo students also visited at the house.
That brief trip did open my eyes to the world of black colleges and the Jim Crow laws and customs that separated races. I can thank Rudy and the university for that opportunity.
–Patrick Harkins, Class of 1966, via email