There’s so little going on during the off-week before the Super Bowl that certain stories get blown out of proportion. There’s no baseball, no football, and only some frustratingly meaningless basketball for sports entertainment. I have no direction at the moment. Then again, initiative comes to thems who wait.
And then there’s this:
Let me take a second and tell you a quasi-hypothetical story. A small, private, religious university (but not Bob Jones University-religious) has a basketball coach who is also politically involved. Said coach attends a political rally for a presidential candidate as an individual, not representing the university, and voices some opinions for a television camera. Then, someone who is in no way involved with the university, except for the fact that they share the same religion as said institution, disagrees publicly with the coach and calls for some sort of discipline for him, followed by the press inventing a “controversy” when the university isn’t obligated to do a damn thing about disciplining the coach.
Well that stupid story actually happened to Rick Majerus, head basketball coach at St. Louis University. This week, Archbishop Raymond Burke solved his problems like all men who have taken vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience do: he talked to the press. You may know the Archbishop, he was the man who said he would refuse John Kerry Holy Communion because of Kerry’s pro-choice beliefs. So once Rick Majerus was seen at a Hillary Clinton rally last weekend and voiced his opinion on abortion, the Archbishop just couldn’t contain himself. Keep in mind, Raymond Burke has absolutely nothing to do with SLU, he just happens to be Catholic too.
So how is this a controversy again? Why should we care if one crackpot Archbishop that can’t keep his name out of the papers doesn’t like what Rick Majerus thinks? As it says in the story, even representatives of the university said that Majerus was acting as an individual, not as a representative of the university.
Also, even boosters at major sports factory schools have more to do with the programs than Archbishop Burke does with SLU. At least boosters can say they’ll stop giving money to their schools if something they don’t like happens. Sometimes, they’re even directly responsible for paying the coaches’ salaries. The Archbishop has nothing to do with anything. If I criticize what he says, is the Catholic Church going to discipline the Archbishop? Of course not.
Everyone has an opinion today. Heck, we have written over 500 posts for this site in just over a year’s worth of existence. But it is so rare to see people respectfully disagree anymore. If Rick Majerus supports abortion and Hillary Clinton, the Archbishop just can’t keep things classy and say he and the Church don’t feel the same way. No, he has to call for Majerus to be in some kind of trouble and possibly lose his job over a difference of ideas. Anyone else catch the implication that Majerus could be indoctrinating his players with the same beliefs instead of just believing them all by his lonesome? What’s he going to do, tell one of his players to donate their unborn, illegitimate spawn to science for their stem cells?
The real irony in all this is that Archbishop Burke actually is speaking as the representative for a major organization, unlike Rick Majerus, as he did in 2004. If wonder if another Archbishop is going to call for his firing because he disagrees with Archbishop Burke.
So in the future, when discussing issues (such as whether this year’s Patriots are the greatest football team of all-time) that don’t necessarily have a right answer, please try not to go crazy and throw around wild accusations of incompetence or call for some one’s job. Rick Majerus is just a basketball coach who is worse at hiding what he thinks than the rest of those faceless suits that have similar jobs to his. If that’s really an issue for some people, then it’s their over-sensitivity that’s the problem, not a fat, bald basketball coach’s political beliefs.