As recently reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, financially troubled Catholic University of America in Washington, DC is embroiled in controversy over a proposed cost-cutting plan that could lay off tenured professors.
In the past, steadfast prayer has been the typical response of CU faculty to disagreeable actions taken by the school’s administration. And, on occasion, they have appealed to the University’s Board of Trustees.
This time, however, faculty took the bold step of bypassing the Board, and chose to meet with God face-to-face. Reliable sources indicate that on May 16th a group of three tenured CU professors (from biology, mathematics, and theology) traveled to Martinique to converse with The Almighty at his summer home. They argued that, as an institution representing Catholicism — the “one true church of Christ” — Catholic University should be directly funded by the Supreme Being from his infinite resources. (In 2017, Forbes magazine ranked God the Father as the wealthiest of all the major deities.)
Unfortunately, God disagreed with the professors, claiming that it was not his style to interject himself so straightforwardly into humanity’s everyday affairs. As he put it, “Heck, look at what I let happen in Puerto Rico after the hurricane. Some of those poor souls still don’t have power, and most of them are Catholic.”
He recommended that Catholic U. consider merging with Brigham Young University, a school associated with yet another religious denomination (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) that claims to be the one true church. “Let’s face it, BYU is much better managed financially than CU, and the Mormon belief system isn’t that much crazier than the Baltimore Catechism. It’s worth a shot.”
Stay tuned. This could get interesting.