Thursday, January 20, 2005

Professor’s legacy raises questions
As a former friend who helped form my worldview would put it, this is beneath a putatively RC college but not surprising for the place.

Of course no-one except God can judge poor Dr Ener’s soul (and if she was mentally ill she wasn’t capable of mortal sin) but she wasn’t heroic and so shouldn’t be so publicly honoured. (Just like the unheroic aren’t canonized as public examples but could well be in heaven, and an excommunication doesn’t necessarily mean you’re hellbound, end of story.) A scholarship for Arabic-studies students would be better.

Maybe the difference is barking-mad John du Pont was a public figure and this woman wasn’t.

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