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Strife at Steubenville-Cracks In The House Scanlan Built NCR Feb 2000

Strife at Steubenville-Cracks In The House Scanlan Built NCR Feb 2000

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Documents that describe the effect of Covenant Community ideas at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Documents that describe the effect of Covenant Community ideas at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Published by: John Flaherty on Aug 24, 2012
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The National Catholic Reporter 
Strife at Steubenville
CracksIn The HouseThat Scanlan Built 
 A reflection on the effects of the Sword of the Spirit at Franciscan University of Steubenville
There are three parts to this publication. In the first segment, information is gatheredfrom different sources that describes how particular concepts from the Covenant Community movement were transported into the life of students at the College of Steubenville/University of Steubenville/Franciscan University of Steubenville. Thisprocess has its roots in the mid 1970s when Fr Michael Scanlan, TOR was appointed bythe Board of Trustees to rescue the small college from financial collapse.The second segment comes from the personal, hand written notes of Mr. Tony Corasanitti,a graduate of the College of Steubenville and a
in the Covenant Community(Servants of God
s Love which later became Servants of Christ the King). In 1982 Mr.Corasanitti sat in a small group with Fr Michael Scanlan TOR and other members of theCovenant Community (and Holy Spirit Monastery) while they plotted to oust facultymembers they believed did not fit into God
s Plan for the College/University. These effortssprang out of teachings from
The Training Program
, a creation of Steven B Clark andRalph Martin in Ann Arbor, MI and leaders of the Word of God, the largest Covenant Community in the US at the time.The third segment is the actual article from the National Catholic Reporter which exploredthe University
s history and future in light of its past connection to the Covenant Community movement. The editorial at the end of the article captures precisely why thestory was important then and continues to be today.I have posted all these documents in one group as they provide background and context tothe events at Franciscan University before, during and nine years after BishopOttenweller
s investigation into the Servants of Christ the King, a Branch of the Sword of the Spirit.Franciscan University continues to evolve, recently having become politically active in it 
sdefense of Religious Liberty and opposition to President Obama on most issues. How theUniversity went from being a small, unknown college on the banks of the Ohio River in aplace considered
to a major player in national and international news
religious as well as political- is a map dotted with many different developmentalinfluences all of which make for interesting and informative reading.John Flaherty August 24, 2012 Grand Island, NE johnandtimmy@hotmail.com
The National Catholic Reporter article STRIFE AT STEUBENVILLE is important to thediscussion of Covenant Communities. It is important in connecting the effects of the
Sword of the Spirit on the University’s development, a connection that Bishop Ottenweller
said is probably there and which the University played down or denied.The February 2000 article is written nearly ten years after Bishop Ottenweller issued hisreport on the Servants of Christ the King (a Branch of the Sword of the Spirit) in 1991.That report documented spiritual and emotional abuses but also exposed the Sword of theSpirit to criticism over its teachings and pastoral methods.
Ottenweller’s reaction was to toss the Sword of the Spirit out of his parish. He wanted no
part of them and refused to talk to them when they tried
through different sources- toreach him. He was quoted in an article published on August 3, 1991 in the WheelingIntelligencerYet the Bishop noted that he DID believe the Covenant Community had influenced theUniversity:The influence of the Covenant Community is referenced in the mid 1990s in an issue of the
University Concourse
, a non official publication about life at Franciscan University. It was

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