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Sacrilegious leprechaun?

Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, April 4, 2007

In light of the recent theological debates taking place in Viewpoint these past few weeks, and with religious issues on people’s minds, now seems the perfect time to broach this subject. I believe that our mascot, the leprechaun, should be removed and replaced by another figure, one that more closely fits with this school’s Catholic teachings and tradition.

The leprechaun, while great for stirring up crowds, is an idol which draws worship away from the Lord. I propose to replace this pagan idol, which engenders belief in the so-called “luck of the Irish” and draws attention away from the faith of the Irish, with a Catholic figure like St. Francis of Assisi. Such a figure would be a mascot that students and fans alike could rally behind, while not taking away from the Catholic nature of this great institution. Should the luck of the Irish really be the message that this school sends to everyone who views our sports teams? This could be a great opportunity to spread God’s message in a forum that so often ignores it. Should this university really say no to a previously untapped forum such as this?

Yours in Christ,

Michael J. Scully


Zahm House

April 2