John Allen, Jr. is one of the most respected reporters on matters Catholic in the English speaking world. Formerly of the National Catholic Reporter and more recently of the Boston Globe, Allen’s reporting is acclaimed, by liberals and conservatives alike, for its balance, objectivity, and fairness. In the middle of a recent essay, Allen offered these words about LMU:
A widely read recent piece in Catholic World Report …raised sobering questions about whether LMU can, or will, remain “Catholic” in anything but name. … [O]nly 24 percent of faculty at LMU are now Catholic, and they tend to be the oldest members of the faculty. The increasingly non-Catholic ethos on campus, [the author] argued, shows up in a variety of ways, and he predicted that if things continue unchecked, “the process of secularization will be completed within a generation.” To be clear, the essay was neither alarmist nor antagonistic, but a rather straight-forward reading of the situation.
It’s good to see that John Allen is in touch with LMU’s problems. But…Mr. Allen would do well to respond to the canon lawyer Ed Peters’ observation that Allen is inclined to argue that if the Holy Father does not address X, Y, or Z why, then, we can assume that Francis is “OK” with X, Y, or Z. Silence is sometimes, isn’t it, just silence?