Assessment: Two archbishops and a dissident nun are among Church leaders on the search committee charged with finding a successor for retiring John Garvey.
LifeSite News: The Catholic University of America (CUA) has named a search committee to pick its new president, tapping several Church figures with pro-LGBT backgrounds, including Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop Bernard Hebda, and a nun who leads a dissident Catholic college in Boston.
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither [k]cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Rev. 3:15-16
The university’s long-time president, John Garvey, 72, announced his resignation Wednesday, writing in a statement that he “began a conversation with the board of trustees about stepping down at the end of this academic year” around six months ago. “The board recently accepted my request, and I write today to inform you that I will end my service as President next June 30,” he wrote.
“The time has come to turn the responsibility over to those younger minds and stronger lives,” added Garvey, a constitutional lawyer and former dean of Boston College Law School. Garvey is the third lay president of CUA, a papally chartered university in Washington, D.C., and the only university founded by the U.S. bishops.
President Garvey’s 12-year tenure at CUA has met with mixed reactions from faithful Catholics. Under his leadership, the university notably reintroduced single-sex dorms, banned pornography from the school’s WiFi, and took legal action against the Obamacare abortifacient and contraception mandate.
Garvey has drawn criticism, however, for hiring an openly pro-LGBT dean last year for CUA’s social work school