Contrary to popular opinion, this is the phrase that Saint Augustine used when dealing with the Pelagian heresy. Most modern Catholics & even scholars always quote the PARAPHRASED, “Roma locuta est; causa finita est” “Rome has spoken; the case is closed.”[actual translation of “the case is closed > ita clauditur…] The modern paraphrased translation still however, applies in the case of Catholic University of America and the rights of a private PONTIFICAL University.
PONTIFICAL University…”Huh? What’s that?” Let me defer to an excellent piece by Elizabeth Scalia, a Catholic writer of notable credentials explaining what that is and the real culprit behind the attack on CUA…
CUA a Pontifical University: No Jesus-Free Places UPDATE
Oct 28th, 2011 by Elizabeth Scalia
The Catholic University of America (CUA) a Pontifical University. That means this is a school established by the Holy See, and directly under its authority. As such, it cannot be true to itself while creating “Jesus-free” spaces.
To demand that a Pontifical University create rooms and spaces where the Crucifix is unwelcome, and Catholic iconography is not permitted would be like stepping into a mosque and demanding that, because there are some Christians in the neighborhood, the mosque should install a Eucharistic Tabernacle.
The picture above shows a Muslim student praying in his electrical engineering lab. You can see a whole photo essay and read the article here.
Yeah, those Muslim students certainly look like they’re unhappy, oppressed and loaded for bear, don’t they?
During his more than four years as a graduate student at Catholic, Ali Basiri has become one of the regulars at the small chapel in Caldwell Hall, the oldest building on campus. Basiri, 27, has spent so much time in the chapel’s pews that he has befriended the organist who practices there.
…at Catholic, he has forged new ways to connect spiritually. Several times a week, the electrical engineering student makes his way past the marble statue of the Virgin Mary at the Caldwell chapel entrance and listens in the pews to Islamic prayers on his MP3 player … He has struck up friendships with equally fervent Catholic believers…It was that kind of exchange that prompted Basiri’s attempts to start a Muslim student association. He wanted to help Muslim students connect and gather for prayer in addition to helping spur conversations across religions.
He found a faculty adviser and filled out the required paperwork but heard nothing back for a while.
Then, an administrator pulled him aside and said it wouldn’t work to have a Muslim group at such a major Catholic institution.
When asked about the experience, Basiri is hesitant to say anything negative about a school that he says has embraced him so fully and given him a chance to grow in faith and academics.
“I understand the difficulty,” he said. “In Iran, if you tried to start a Catholic group at a Muslim university, that would be just as strange and hard to make it work.”
Emphasis Mine. Apparently this Iranian student has no difficulty understanding what John Banzhaf, an attorney and professor at George Washington University, cannot. CUA is not just another Catholic University: it cannot — as a part of the Holy See — create “Christ-free/Catholic-free” rooms. It must be allowed to be what it is, representing who it represents; that is the first tenet, I think, of “Freedom of Religion” — that a religion be free to be what it is. Muslim students choose to attend the university knowing what it is.
Banzhaf seems to have an obsession with the Catholic University of America, and he has filed suit against the university for “Human Rights Violations” against the school’s Muslim students.
Earlier this year Banzhaf brought suit against CUA after it announced that it would be doing away with co-ed dorms and slowly re-instituting single-sex housing. Single sex housing, apparently, is also a “Human Rights Violation” in this man’s mind. I wonder if he has brought suit against any madrassahs for putting boys and girls in separate classrooms?
And I wonder if it is CUA’s connection to the Holy See that teases Banzhar’s obsession?
Please click here to go to Elizabeth Scalia’s site to read the rest of this post…
Thank you Elizabeth for the clear and concise explanation of what a PONTIFICAL University is…