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Priest-College Instructor: Dismissal Sad For Students

graduation_capA priest who lives in Lansdale and serves as pastor at a Blue Bell church says he thinks it’s very sad that Chestnut Hill College fired him as a part-time instructor suddenly and without warning. The Reverend James Saint George says he received a note last month telling him his contract as an adjunct faculty member was not being renewed, but it gave no reason.  The Catholic college in Northwest Philadelphia, just over the Montgomery County line, issued a statement on Friday saying he misrepresented himself as a priest.  Father Saint George says he told school officials when they hired him that he was not a Roman Catholic, but an independent Catholic in a church not affiliated with the Vatican, and while it was not an issue when the college hired him, it has been an issue with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since Saint Miriam Catholic Apostolic Church in Blue Bell was founded.

“The Roman Catholic Church seems to think they’re the only ones that are Catholic.  I’ve constantly battled that.  I think that there are Orthodox Catholics, there are Roman Catholics, and there are those of us who would be grouped as Independent Catholics, being that we’re independent of the jurisdiction of Rome.  I think that we’re all avowedly Catholic.  We don’t claim to have a lock on the word ‘Catholic,’ but the Roman Church has taken great umbrage with us, and from the time of our founding nearly three years ago they have constantly tried to thwart our right to exist as a parish.”

The college statement also said his gay lifestyle was at odds with Catholic teachings.  He says he has had a 15-year relationship with another man, but he never talked about it in class.

“My sexuality never came up in class because it had no business in class, so for them to say that my sexuality is incompatible with Roman Catholic teaching is silliness.  What about the faculty members who are there besides me who are gay?  There’s got to be somebody.  What about the faculty members that use contraception?  It’s all against Catholic teaching, but do you really want to go down that road and get rid of faculty members just because something that they’re doing or the way they live their life is not 100 percent compatible with Catholic teaching?”

Father Saint George says college officials only found out about his sexual orientation by reading media accounts and an e-mail from a Blue Bell lawyer who called his faculty position scandalous.  He says it’s hard to say whether he would return to Chestnut Hill College if given a chance, but he does feel sad that his dismissal hurt his students, who gave him a very high approval rating.
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Versace’s money quote: “More Americans use AM/FM radio each week than use Facebook.” And from the research side, Thomas Spinelli, VP with Ipsos MediaCT, noted. “Our studies show that despite all the technological advances we’ve made when it comes to digital listening, the vast majority of Americans still prefer AM/FM radio overall and especially expect it to be a part of their cars – in fact, virtually all said they wouldn’t buy a car without a radio.” But it’s not just the IPSOS research saying this. Our soon-to-be-released Techsurvey11 echoes this research, reinforcing the ongoing appeal of AM/FM radio in cars. In our survey of more than 41,000 North Americans, we isolated prospective car buyers and asked them to tell us which in-car media features are most important in their new vehicles: And there it is at the top – nearly nine in ten of those in the market for a new vehicle in their driveways report that AM/FM radio is of greatest importance. While connectivity (smartphone jack, Bluetooth, WiFI, etc.) are becoming more attractive over time, nothing is more desirable and necessary to consumers than broadcast radio. So how do we explain the disconnect in article after article, and story after story about “connected cars?” If AM/FM radio is in such high demand and celebrates nearly ubiquitous usage, why is there so much noise suggesting that that broadcast radio is an endangered medium in cars? And why are we bothering to put together a third DASH Conference in partnership with Radio Ink this November in Detroit if everything is so copacetic? It’s simply counter intuitive. Everyone wants broadcast radio in the car and consumers use it regularly. Yet, many talk about how radio’s days are numbered in the car. The paradoxical issue revolves around the notion that while AM/FM radio is considered to be “standard equipment” in new cars, it isn’t what’s bringing people into showrooms. No one walks into a new car dealership and asks about that new Mustang with the AM/FM radio. In fact, most are hungry for newer features they’ve seen advertised or experienced with other people or in rental cars. The sense of anticipation for new in-car media emanates from the fact that the average vehicle on the road is more than 11 years old. When consumers decide it’s time for a new ride, they have a strong desire for something that is truly NEW. And that’s where all the talk about smartphone connectivity, Sirius/XM, Pandora, and apps come into play. A new car buyer assumes AM/FM radio will be there. But what they really are revved about is the availability of new media choices, and that’s where these digital options and new media features sweeten the deal. But even if consumers look forward to a new car with lots of media options, AM/FM is still right there in the “center stack,” right? Well, when that buyer takes delivery on their new car, the chances are becoming much better than they’ll need instruction. Even the most basic in-vehicle media systems have a lot of moving parts and features that require some explanation and instruction. Enter the trainer (often the salesperson) who is tasked with quickly orienting an anxious consumer who simply wants to get in that new car and go. And because so many new car buyers are focused on the “what’s new,” the time and attention given to AM/FM radio in these orientation sessions is diminishing. In some cases, it may be difficult for consumers to even find the AM/FM radio, much tune in and preset their favorite stations. For the radio industry, this is a fork in the road, and a critical inflection point that could very well shape the future of in-car listening levels and preferences for years to come. We have some amazing data in Techsurvey 11 to show the industry about the “connected car” training process and what it means to radio. And at DASH, we’ll be focusing on the dealership level, and looking for opportunities for local radio stations to become proactive and succeed both on the listening and the sales fronts. The IPSOS and Techsurvey11 data indicate that all is well for radio and the car. But a deeper look shows that this storied relationship is fragile and very much in flux. The “center stack” is redefining the in-car media experience and that has big-time implications on broadcasters. In the “connected car” space, too many people are disconnecting the dots.
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