Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston is praising Boston College's president, the Rev. William P. Leahy, for the installation of crucifixes and Christian icons in all of the Jesuit university's classrooms. The project, which also includes the construction of statues and the hanging of other Christian art around campus, has been going on for eight years, but caused a bit of a stir this semester when students and faculty returned from winter break to find crucifixes in classrooms that had never had them. Here's what O'Malley said, as posted in his blog last night:
"Recently, I heard from many enthusiastic Boston College students that crucifixes and religious pictures have appeared in the classrooms over the semester break. BC has had crucifixes in some of their classrooms, and they just completed the task of adding crucifixes to the remaining classrooms. They were very happy to report on this development.
Sadly, some faculty members objected, claiming that Boston College was not being tolerant of them. Actually, I think the intolerance is on the part of those who do not want us to exhibit these symbols of our faith. The Catholic community should be encouraged by Father Leahy’s leadership in this area, and I am so pleased that the students, who are the reason for the university, are so favorable to the presence of religious symbols."
(Photo, by Essdras M. Suarez of the Globe staff, shows an icon hanging in a BC classroom.)