Academic Freedom and Tenure: Saint Meinrad School of Theology

This report concerns the dismissal of a faculty member from the Saint Meinrad School of Theology for having signed an open letter to Pope John Paul II asking that continued discussion be permitted concerning the question of ordaining women to the priesthood.

The text of this report was written by the members of the investigating committee. In accordance with Association practice, the text was then edited by the Association's staff, and, as revised, with the concurrence of the investigating committee, was submitted to Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. With the approval of Committee A it was subsequently sent to the faculty member at whose request the inquiry was conducted, to the administration of Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and to other persons concerned in the report. In the light of the responses received and with the editorial assistance of the Association's staff, this final report was published in the July-August 1996 issue of Academe.