Dr. Anne Hendershott, professor of Sociology and director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, discusses the need for Catholics to choose a side in the debate on statue removal.
While most Catholic leaders have been silent about the removal of the statues of Confederate War hero Robert E. Lee, and the desecration of statues of Abraham Lincoln and Christopher Columbus, it may be time for them to get involved in the debate as religious statues are now on the chopping block. The leadership of San Domenico School, a 167-year-old Catholic K-12 school in San Anselmo, Calif., has removed several overtly religious statues from school grounds in order to make the school “more inclusive” for students of other faiths — or no faith at all.
Dr. Anne Hendershott is a professor in the Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is one of the nation’s leading Catholic sociologists. Author of numerous books including The Politics of Abortion (2006), Hendershott currently serves as the Pope John Paul II Fellow in Student Development at the Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. She regularly writes about Catholic issues for The Wall Street Journal, Catholic World Report, and other secular and religious outlets. She is frequently interviewed by The Washington Times, National Review Online, EWTN Radio Network, and other news outlets.