May 23, 2006 § 2 Comments
…for CUA. Yesterday on the Diane Rehm show, the host was talking about Da Vinci Code and Fr. O'Connell (president of the Catholic University) was the guest. When asked, Fr. O said that yes he had seen the film, that his faith had survived, and that it had not been threatened "even once." Basically, he couldn't see the harm in it. Some woman then called in to the show and said that she agreed with Fr. O and, furthermore, she felt that her faith was deepened because she could relate better to a married Jesus. To top everything off, Fr. O responded by saying that he was glad that the woman experienced the desire to think about her faith as a result of the movie.
To read the rest of the blog post that reports this, go to Amy Welborn's site Open Book.
I am honestly disappointed in Fr. O, but I am also hesitant to write him off as quickly as some people under the comment section of that post. He has done so many good things for the University, most recently refusing to allow The Vagina Monologues to be produced on campus. He comes under a lot of flac here at school for his conservative stance that is faithful to the Magisterium.
If anyone is interested in emailing him with a polite comment of displeasure, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He does read and very often replies to his email.
My thanks to my daily CUA news pipeline, Fr. Baer, for telling me about this one and directing me to Welborn's blog.
And of course it figures that they aren't showing this in the DC area…