Would Wojtyla & Ratzinger Have Been “Weeded Out” of Sacred Heart Seminary?

November 2000

Our July-August issue carried a letter from Michael S. Rose about a new book he’s working on. The book is about how certain dioceses block orthodox candidates from entering seminary and how certain seminaries weed out the orthodox seminarians who manage to get admitted. His book is going to be a blockbuster if his interview with 24-year-old Jason Dull in the July-August St. Catherine Review (which Rose edits) is any indication.

Jason spent almost two years at the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Jason reports that it was considered “excessive” for first- and second-year college seminarians (of which he was one) to pray more than 15 minutes a day, and that “praying while walking down the hallways — especially praying the Rosary — was expressly forbidden.”

Jason also reports that “political correctness was number one in the seminary — above God….” Says Jason: “I was ordered…by my rhetoric professor to use inclusive language. If I used standard English (correct traditional grammar) I was marked down. In other words I was not able to use the type of language that Jesus used.”

According to Jason, it was common for seminarians to watch movies “with graphic nudity” at night, something it appears the seminary approved of. If a seminarian objected to this fare, he was considered to have “problems” — to be a “rigorist.”


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New Oxford Notes: November 2000

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