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The Pope and Renouncing My MBA From Assumption College

Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 09:26:27 in Religion

“thanks Kel i really got a lot from this letter, it opened my eyes so to say.  ”

Kel Kelly on Feb 13, 2013 at 15:25:52

“thank you mike! i really wish you the best. good luck with your mba. it's a lot of work and i'm sure it will be worth all the blood, sweat and tears. peace out.”
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The Pope and Renouncing My MBA From Assumption College

Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 14:47:37 in Religion

“Current Assumption MBA student here. So Kel, hypothetically speaking, if you did not possess the high level of entrepreneurial skills that you do, and say there was no such thing as Kel & Partners, wouldn't you think that the MBA would be of more significance to yourself? Would you renounce this degree if there were professional advancements that could otherwise not be made without it? I just feel there should be some sort of balance or separation here. At the time of your MBA studies Pope John Paul II was Pope, did he misconstrue the views of the Catholic Church, with regards to homosexuality, in your eyes? Do you feel empathy to those who truly need the MBA for career development regardless of religious denomination?”

Kel Kelly on Feb 12, 2013 at 16:18:04

“regarding your other question. i went to assumption sometime between 1986-1993. i was living near worcester at the time. i had two choices when it came to getting my mba in that area: clark & assumption. at the time, clark had experienced a bunch of rapes/attacks on campus and so i chose assumption. it had nothing to do with the college's catholic roots. honestly, the thought of being on clark's campus at night scared the crap out of me -- especially since i had planned to get pregnant shortly after i started my mba.

while the catholic church may have been against homosexuality back then, they were not spewing an endless stream of hatred about it like they are now. there was no gay marriage conversation in the late 80s. the catholic church certainly was not claiming gays were destroying the essence of humanity, threatening world peace and threatening the bedrock of society.

regardless, renouncing my mba at this time is the right thing to do for me and my family. i respect assumption college, the faculty and the students. if they mirror the rest of the catholic population my guess is that most of them disagree with the pope's stance on gay people and gay marriage.”

Kel Kelly on Feb 12, 2013 at 16:17:47

“mike, i'm not judging the assumption mba -- no place in my post did i make any negative reference to assumption or its mba program. i think it's a great choice for people. it is just not something i want associated with my life based on the college's ties to the pope and the catholic church. i'm totally down with you or anyone else getting an mba from assumption.”