Friday, January 19, 2007
The 67-year-old Carmelite priest, a native of Wisconsin, had taught students at the Jesuit-run Gregorian University from the mid 1970s until this year, when he was informed that his position would not be renewed. University officials were reportedly annoyed by the irrepressible teacher’s disdain for administrative procedures; Foster had reportedly admitted scores of students to his classroom without requiring them to enroll in the Gregorian.
Now, with the help of friends, Father Foster has set up a new school where he will continue teaching by his own unorthodox but very popular methods. “Latin isn’t going to disappear,” he told reporters; “not if I have anything to do with it.”
Apparently the Roman Empire still lives. I should go sign up.