Theologian’s disinvite linked to Vatican-supported group | National Catholic Reporter.
“The University of San Diego canceled a British theologian’s fellowship after an influential alumnus and a conservative watchdog group backed by a high-ranking Vatican official protested the appointment to the university’s board of trustees.
“Tina Beattie, a professor of Catholic studies at London’s University of Roehampton known for her work in contemporary ethical issues, was to have begun a two-month fellowship at the university Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“University president Mary Lyons informed Beattie that the fellowship had been canceled in an Oct. 27 letter.
“Thirteen members of the Catholic university’s theology and religious studies faculty and the 47,000-member American Association of University Professors raised concerns about the impact of Lyons’ action in separate letters.”
Once again, a U.S. university has canceled a theologian’s appearance, further curtailing theological discussion. National Catholic Reporter reports that the, “University of San Diego has canceled a visiting fellowship for a British theologian less than two weeks before her scheduled arrival at the university because of pressure from financial contributors, according to a letter from the university’s president.”
NCR quotes Tina Beattie, a professor of Catholic studies at London’s University of Roehampton: “It’s unheard of, certainly in Britain, for a theologian in my position to feel threatened by this kind of action. It’s not about me; it’s about some change in the culture of the Catholic church that we should be very, very concerned about.”