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Catholic college strips theater director of honorary degree over offensive nun jokes

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/25/18

From The New York Times: 

Albertus Magnus College, a Catholic institution in New Haven, on Wednesday rescinded the honorary degree it granted last year to Gordon Edelstein, the artistic director of Long Wharf Theater who was fired Tuesday night over accusations of sexual misconduct.

The college’s board of trustees made the decision just two days after The New York Times reported that Mr. Edelstein had joked about having had sex with the school’s nuns.

That joke was one of multiple instances cited by former employees and collaborators of Mr. Edelstein who accused him of physical and verbal sexual misconduct.

In a brief statement Wednesday, Marc M. Camille, the president of Albertus Magnus, announced the trustees’ decision and said the college had notified Mr. Edelstein. In a longer statement on Tuesday, Mr. Camille called the accusations “shocking and concerning” and said “the reported allegations represent behavior that is in complete opposition to the core values that define the Catholic and Dominican, values-based education offered at Albertus Magnus College.”

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