The report from current students has come in. The president met with the student body on Dec. 1st to inform them that, owing to lack of finances, he has laid off the following people effective at the end of the semester:
Rev. Dr. Joseph Veresh, Director of the Center for Eastern Christian Studies
Rev. Dr. Rupert Mayer (fundamental theology)
Dr. William Newton (theology, marriage and family)
Dr. Markus Riedenauer (philosophy)
Dr. Gudrun Kugler (marriage and family)
In addition, several staff, including the assistant to the Dean, a member of the development office team, the gardener, and the repair man were all let go.
This round of lay offs follows the ousting of the previous President Msgr. Larry Hogan last January, who was only given a week to clear out of office; and also of Dr. Alan Fimister (church history, Eastern Studies) whose contract was not renewed at the end of last academic year. The report is that various faculty members are already on record as saying that it is not principally about finances, but rather about “personal disagreements” between the Cardinal and President, and the faculty members in question.
For those of us who know these priests and professors personally, we know them to be upstanding in character and keen in intellect. This is truly a loss for the ITI.
Still hearing details from people, but I am sure the implications of all of this will be made clear in days to come – stay tuned…