Seton Hall University has been searching for a new president. Shortly after the list of two candidates was narrowed to one (viz. Msgr StuartSwetland), members of the faculty protested Msgr Swetland's candidacy, citing his orthodox Catholic beliefs. The faculty senate passed a resolution declaring the search for a president unfinished and asking for an openness to a non-Catholic priest candidate.
From The Catholic World Report:
Obviously, the timing and circumstances only lead to speculation that Msgr Swetland's orthodoxy was behind the way things played out... Either way, elevating those with non-Catholic sentiments/beliefs/missions to administrative po
sitions in Catholic academic settings is one thing (as Marquette almost did), but making orthodoxy handicap is another. The latter almost seems more egregious because it reveals an outright disdain for Christ as the Church proposes Him rather than a possibly innocent intellectual curiosity in other traditions.
For Marquette to give a position to Jodi O'Brien would have been irresponsible. For Seton Hall to reject Msgr Swetland for his orthodoxy (I recognize that this is not exactly what happened) would have been far more forgetful of Christ.
Msgr Swetland speaking at Benedictine College's (my alma mater) 2010 Commencement Exercises