I wish to reaffirm the great value of academic freedom. In virtue of this freedom you are called to search for the truth wherever careful analysis of evidence leads you. Yet it is also the case that any appeal to the principle of academic freedom in order to justify positions that contradict the faith and teaching of the church would obstruct or even betray the university’s identity and mission.
Got that? “You’e perfectly free to think anything you like, as long as you wind up agreeing with me.”
Can you say “Orwellian”? Can you say “double-think”? Can you say “Freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength”?
Footnote And I suppose it would be unreasonable to expect a reporter, in detailing the Pope’s meeting with victims of priestly sexual abuse, to mention Benedict’s role, back when he was Cardinal Ratzinger of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in maintaining the decades-long cover-up by the Church of those abuses by threatening bishops with excommunication should they reveal the results of Church inquiries to the police until after the statute of limitations had run.