Signs and symptoms of secularization at Marquette

There are good, Catholic things that happen at Marquette. For this, The Louis Joliet Society applauds the university. But the activities and events listed below could not occur to the extent they do within a culture – even a university – that takes its Catholic identity seriously.

One doesn’t ignore even a small amount of cancer discovered in the kidneys or the lungs because the rest of the body appears healthy. In that vein, we believe it is critical for the survival of Marquette as a Catholic institution that the signs and symptoms below be acknowledged, highlighted and openly addressed by the university as to how they square with its Catholic identity.

The partisans of error are to be sought not only among the Church's open enemies; they lie hid, a thing to be deeply deplored and feared, in her very bosom and heart, and are the more mischievous, the less conspicuously they appear. We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, nay, and this is far more lamentable, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, feigning a love for the Church, lacking the firm protection of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, vaunt themselves as reformers of the Church; and, forming more boldly into line of attack, assail all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the person of the Divine Redeemer, whom, with sacrilegious daring, they reduce to a simple, mere man.

Pope Saint Pius X - Pascendi Dominici Gregis, 1907