It is with great sorrow that we come together today with the departure of our president and dear friend, Fr. Julio Giulietti, S.J. We have all come here to seek the truth, and to know and understand what has happened within the university walls and what has become of the reputation of WJU. In this light, please invite anyone to read the blog and feel free to comment as you wish.

Any posts with profanity are not welcome, otherwise, please speak your mind. You are a part of this university and we want to hear your voice!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Reconciliation: Admitting our Past Mistakes to Help Us Move Forward for a Better Future

          In his January letter to alumni and the campus community Wheeling College’s most recent president, Richard Beyer, alights on the enthusiasm and energy he sees on campus.  This news is meant to stir up alumni enthusiasm and commitment to their school.   Doesn’t anyone tell Mr. Beyer that Wheeling College has never been on its alumni radar screen for significant giving since its inception?  Do not “seasoned” board members tell him that alumni who gave $10 ten years ago still give $10 now, if they give at all?
          Mr. Beyer seems not to know that the past history is never dead.  It is either reconciled or it lurks in the memory or under the skin.  It’s especially true when history is not dealt with in a civil manner and, not to belabor the point, a Christian manner.  Mr. Beyer does not yet recognize the effect of the college’s painful history over the last two years: the dark “assassination” of a good man, Fr. Giulietti.  I use the term “assassination” because of its specific historical meaning.  It refers to the unjust killing of a human being without and due process or public discourse about crimes allegedly committed.  Even Roman law, which dealt quickly and efficiently with criminals, respected the tradition of due process.  In the college’s history, the “assassination” was emotional: the spirit of the school, the alumni and the city itself was “killed”.  Men and women of good character do not forget such history.
          As a “jesuit” school one would expect justice and truth to be at the core of what it is about.  The mistake the school’s “leadership” made, and continues to make, is the decision to “assassinate” a good man without any chance of self-defense, or even to know the reason for his demise.  History again: dysfunctional board members who tried to “kill” him could not even pull the trigger on their own.  The jesuit Trustees – itself an outdated form of control and manipulation - needed the silence of the darkness of night to do so.  And two of the three have already been publicly disgraced.  What about the bishop and the provincial?
         What a helpful step it would be if Mr. Beyer courageously invited Fr. Giulietti to campus (or at least off campus) to start a dialogue of reconciliation that would lead to forgiveness.  (I do not mean Fr. Giulietti’s forgiveness.  Knowing him, that was done long ago.)  I refer to the forgiveness still needed by alumni and many staff.   Only then could honest and successful fundraising be possible.  What would Mr. Beyer’s jesuit counselors say about that?
          Fr. Giulietti could talk with alumni about the truth of the college’s financial situation and inspire them to want to help build a sustaining base of safety and hope.  Now without alumni reconciliation and forgiveness, there is no hope.  With no hope, UPMC, we are all yours!

-Larry Catraro

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Will the NEA Organize WJU Employees?

Catholic schools have always been protected from union organizers, but In re Manhattan College (1/10/11), NLRB Region 2, Case 2-RC-23543, a 26-page NLRB decision, holds that that protective religious exemption does not apply to a CINO (Catholic-In-Name-Only) college, i.e., a secular institution with religious roots.

The NLRB found that the religious exemption is inapplicable where a religious order does not exercise control over hiring, firing, and day-to-day operations; where the school's stated purpose does not involve the propagation of the Faith; where teachers are not required to adhere to or promote Catholic tenets; and where teachers are given academic freedom. The union successfully argued that that college "does not meet the test of a religious institution." The NLRB decision dismissed the college's purported "commitment to social justice" as so vague that it is equally applicable to a government school.

Ask yourself: Is WJU a Catholic school or a CINO school? Is not President Beyer the first unread Protestant President in 477 years of Jesuit history? Does Beyer have a graduate degree? Has Beyer ever taught a college course? Does Beyer have a background in Jesuit values? Does Beyer have a baptismal certificate? Does Beyer promote the propagation of Catholicism? Does Beyer look the other way when pro-abortion literature is distributed on campus?

Provincial Shea, say hello to the NEA.