He encourages religious schools to be themselves. Specifically, Wheaton’s decision to fire a divorced professor. He writes, in part:
Being different is nothing new for Wheaton. The most famous building on campus was once a way station on the Underground Railroad. That was a time when abolitionist evangelicals were out of touch with the reality of slavery in a nation whose claim to liberty rested on God-given truths about human dignity. Today Wheaton advances a proposition that may be equally radical, at least in the groves of modern academe: That character is as important as chemistry – and that teachers have some obligations as role models for their students.
It’s all about being different. It’s your identity that distinguishes you. Embrace it. It’s what the pope’s pep talk to Catholic educators was all about.