MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, January 11, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Catholic Marquette University Law School has hired a former senator, well-known for his pro-abortion views, as a visiting professor for the Spring semester.
The school announced at the beginning of the month that Former Democrat Senator Russ Feingold would join the school as a Visiting Professor of Law.
Sen. Feingold served in the Wisconsin Senate for ten years and in the United States Senate for eighteen before losing a re-election battle in November to tea party-backed Republican Ron Johnson, who is moderately pro-life and opposed to same-sex “marriage.”
Feingold sustained a 100% pro-choice voting record as analyzed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, and supported federal taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
A supporter of the gay rights agenda, Feingold voted against the Defense of Marriage Act and announced in 2006 that he supported altering the legal definition of marriage.
Dean Joseph Kearney stated of the new professor that, “While I do not doubt that some of his views are controversial, or, still less, suggest that all of them are right, an institution of legal education is especially well suited to explore multiple dimensions of such issues.”
The Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic education watchdog organization, pointed to Pope John Paul II’s statement on the role of Catholic school educators in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, where he wrote that, “All teachers and administrators, at the time of their appointment, are to be informed about the Catholic identity of the institution and its implications, and about their responsibility to promote, or at least to respect, that identity.”
“We wonder if Marquette will inform Feingold that his ‘controversial’ views on a range of legal issues are in conflict with the University’s Catholic identity?” asked the group.
Marquette University sparked an uproar last May when it rescinded a job offer to a lesbian sociologist. The school’s president pointed to the woman’s explicit sexual writings as the reason she was deemed inappropriate for the job; nonetheless, the reversal prompted critics to label the school discriminatory of homosexuals.
Joseph D. Kearney
Dean and Professor of Law