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Steubenville president resigns.

STEUBENVILLE, OHIO * After months of pressure from the right-wing media organization Church Militant and its supporters, Franciscan Fr. Sean Sheridan tendered to the Board of Trustees his resignation as president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

His resignation comes in the wake of a challenging academic year for Sheridan and the university. At a Mass opening the academic year, Sheridan delivered a homily that addressed the sexual abuse crisis in the church at large as well as at Franciscan University, where several incidents of abuse were mishandled and where it was revealed later in the year that credible allegations had been made against a well-known friar at the school.

The final straw, however, may have been controversy over assignment of a novel to a high-level literature seminar that conservatives found objectionable and that Church Militant picked up as a cause against Sheridan.

Reactions to the April 5 resignation of Sheridan and subsequent search for a new president have been mixed. Some expressed relief, while others have worried about finding a better replacement.

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Title Annotation:UNITED STATES; Fr. Sean Sheridan of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Date:May 3, 2019
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