The echoes of Communist China in Western universities are a common sound.
This sure does sound familiar:
The University of Nottingham, in central England, confirmed on Aug. 25 that it had declined to give official recognition to Fr. David Palmer, a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
“Our concern was not in relation to Fr. David’s views themselves, but the manner in which these views have been expressed in the context of our diverse community of people of many faiths,” a spokesperson for the university told CNA.
Uh-huh. What was the “manner in which these views have been expressed”? He said an “assisted dying” bill would allow the National Health Service “to kill the vulnerable,” whereas the university would have preferred he use the phrase “end of life care.” Also problematic (of course) was a tweet referencing Joe Biden’s support for the “slaughter of babies” via abortion.
To his credit, the local bishop refused to pull Fr. Palmer, so (essentially) he’ll be the chaplain while the current one’s name remains listed officially. At some point, though, the Church will simply have to minister to students and staff off campus in protest.