Marie Rohde is a freelance writer in Milwaukee and a frequent NCR contributor.
The case raised constitutionally protected free speech issues, but boiled down to a contract dispute: Did Marquette violate a professor's academic freedom guaranteed by contract or did McAdams step outside the bounds of values of a Jesuit university?
Matt Flynn, a prominent Wisconsin Democrat running for governor, has come under attack by critics who say he participated in allowing abusive priests to continue in ministry and for aggressively pursuing legal fees against their victims who sued the Milwaukee Archdiocese.
A controversial Marquette University professor, who has not been allowed to teach after he ignited a firestorm when he wrote on his personal blog about a teaching assistant's refusal to allow a classroom discussion of the ethics of same-sex marriage, asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to order the school to give him his job back and pay damages.
The case involves a professor who blogged about a dispute between an undergraduate and a teaching assistant who refused to allow a classroom discussion of same-sex marriage that she considered homophobic.
SNAP: Release accused priests' names, investigate all complaints, before approving Milwaukee archdiocese reorganization plan