Wednesday, January 25
From today's Observer
"You can go wrong in two ways," Jenkins told The Observer Tuesday after his address to the students. "One is to just sit in the office and say, 'This is what we're going to do, we won't do that' - just issue decisions from here on out. That's a mistake."The other is, 'Oh, I'm just going to take in the views of some people, and never really act.' That's a mistake. That's not leadership."Take notes, kids. That's about as close as you'll ever hear to a direct criticism of the previous administration.
Jenkins maintains stance, invites response
Jenkins said he used his first real foray into extensively addressing a polarizing issue not to test the waters, but to explain clearly where he stood and invite response from the University community.
The reason to address academic freedom and Catholic character, he said, stems from a sense of duty to the University.
I don't know what speech the reporter was at, but I never saw Fr. Jenkins looking "seemingly rattled at times." One of my favorite moments came when a student delivered comments, and Fr. Jenkins switched in to Philosophy professor mode, noting that his terms were too vague and he should strengthen his argument by tightening them up a bit.