n honorary fellowship in the Frances G. Harpst for Catholic Thought and Culture (CCTC). This decision came after Lyons learned that Beattie, along with nearly 30 other well-known Catholics, reportedly signed a letter to The Times of London back in August that expressed support for the extension of civil marriage rights to same-sex couples.
In a letter today to Carlton Floyd, chair of USD's Academic Assembly, Lyons wrote:
College of Arts and Sciences declared "No Confidence" in Lyons by a vote of 99 to 16, with 19 abstaining. Larry Hinman, a philosophy professor at USD, told me he is not at all happy with the university's handling of this situation.
"There has been no convincing narrative or rationale for doing this in the first place," says Hinman. "I've taught here for 37 years, and I have never had my academic freedom impinged in any way. Now they say they are going to invite her, but not with any honors; she can't be a visiting fellow but she can give lectures."
Hinman adds, "This entire situation harms the faculty, it harms the students, and it harms the university's ability to recruit new faculty. If USD is seen as a place where academic freedom does not prosper, it will be hard to find good faculty in the future."