Bernie Miklasz of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports that Majerus’ biggest concern wasn’t criticism from church or school officials, but the worries of his own mother:
“She was upset, thinking I was going to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and that I would be denied Communion during Mass.”
Which is just what St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke is threatening to do, unless the coach apologizes for his comments and puts his beliefs back in line with the church’s.
But Majerus’ mama also told her son to do what he thinks is right.
Rick responds, “I do not speak for the university or the Catholic Church. These are my personal views. And I’m not letting him change my mind. I think religion should be inclusive. I would hope that all people would feel welcome inside a church, and that the church would serve to bring people together, even if they happen to disagree on certain things.”
So what if some folks think Majerus is fire & brimstone-bound, just because he doesn’t think exactly like them. He’s not afraid if things get too hot.
In fact, thanks to his personal pantsless policy, Rick has already given others their own visions of Hell.