Marquette Extracts Mass From Publicly Funded Dental School

A weekly Roman Catholic mass at a Wisconsin university's dental school was stopped after the school's attorneys suggested the tradition could prompt a lawsuit on church-state grounds.

In late August, lawyers for Marquette University announced the mass should not be taking place in the school's dental school building, because it was financed with state and federal funds.

A spokesman for the private Catholic university told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the dental school's chaplain started conducting mass last school year after requests by students.

"This is simply about the building," Ben Tracey, the Marquette official said. "Obviously, at Marquette we have places that have mass on campus. The distinction here is that we've decided it's not appropriate to have it in this particular building because of the issues involved in public funding."