St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont is well known in New England. Founded by the Edmundites in 1904, its mission statement reads:
It is the mission of Saint Michael’s College to contribute through higher education to the enhancement of the human person and to the advancement of human culture in the light of the Catholic faith.
In light of the Catholic faith. Hmmm. Last week Bishop Matano, Vermont's new Bishop fired a warning salvo over the bow of St. Michael's. In an interview with the Bishop (transcript here) concern is indicated about the president of St Mike's who according to the Vatican is supposed to be Catholic. The President is a gay Unitarian. Though I don't blame the strong pro gay atmosphere of St Mike's on the president, rather his selection is only further evidence of it. The Bishop is also concerned about events like proabortion rallies on the College campus.
The Edmundites' influence at St. Mike's is waning right along with their numbers. There are currently 41 priests worldwide left in the order. One former priest- Fr. Many was accused of child abuse, though no longer a Catholic priest he is "pastoring" for Dignity in Vermont. (But please repeat there is no connection between child molestation and homosexuality). Article here. Many claims that the accusations against him are a witchhunt. Regrettably I disagree.
In a student op-ed, some statistics are being given about how Catholic St Mike's is.The article is here. The numbers are hard to refute:
57% of students call themselves Catholic
11% attend Mass weekly
15% believe they are more religious than when the entered St Mike's
26% say they are less Catholic
Amazing isn't it what Catholic parents are getting with their $35,000 tuition and room and board. Really I don't think you can put a dollar value on it.
And other campus news:
*Student wins Madeline Kunin award for AIDS activism.
*New Political Science Professor joins Faculty. His speciality AIDS policy. He and his partner Steven are looking forward to being a part of St. Mike's community.
*Peter Harrigan, tenured Fine Arts professor was a plaintiff in the lawsuit that brought Civil Unions to Vermont.
*student GLBT website
* Catholic Lesbian website lists St. Michaels as gay friendly Church
Prediction- Bishop Matano will remove the Catholic designation from St. Michael's College but it is happening so embarassingly late. I mean Vermont already has Civil Unions, in part because of a St. Michael's professor.