An issue of The Minstrel doesn’t often take on an identifiable “theme.” Magazines often have themed issues; newspapers rarely do. But it’s clear there has been a fair dose of Catholicism in campus news lately, from local news – our Ex Corde Ecclesiae symposium featuring the president of The Catholic University of America, as covered by Chris Shaddock on page 2 – to the national and international news of Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States, and specifically, nearby Philadelphia.
The Minstrel never has been a religious mouthpiece, as far as I’ve seen. It’s remained balanced, highlighting news from the Office of Campus Ministry, the Center for Service and Social Justice and the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture when it’s proper, but never disproportionately more than news from other areas of campus. In recent years, we’ve also handled the question of dining services not offering meat on Lenten Fridays and reported on the trickier social issue of the campus’s LGBT community with no bias or slant.
I say “we’ve” to accentuate the support my staff has always shown me, but I admit I’m talking about articles I wrote.
I’m Catholic. As I alluded to in a previous letter, I’ve attended Catholic school all my life. My choice to attend DeSales was not based on my faith, but once I made that final decision, I realized it was nice that I’d be entering a sort of familiar environment. I consider myself serious about my faith. But to me, being Catholic does not have to affect how I approach my journalism.
It’s true that each of us sees life through particular lenses colored by our personal experiences and beliefs. But faith isn’t about elitism and it’s not about ignoring those who don’t agree with you. Pope Francis said it best during his homily at the Mass he celebrated on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway: “To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not ‘part of our group,’ who are not ‘like us,’ is a dangerous temptation. Not only does it block conversion to the faith; it is a perversion of faith.”
Until next time, DeSales,