The object of Katie’s affection in the column today is The Rev. Dennis Dease, the president of St. Thomas who recently decreed that, well, let’s let Katie set it up:
Recently, St. Thomas was roiled by a dispute over its travel policy. Some faculty members demanded that unmarried faculty and staff who are romantically involved be allowed to share a hotel room when on official college trips with students.
Dease begged to differ.
He had the audacity to point out that St. Thomas, as a Catholic institution, could not turn a blind eye to blatant disregard for Catholic principles about sex outside of marriage -- at least on school-sponsored trips with students.
But what our duplicitous correspondent Katie doesn’t tell us, boys and girls, is that the issue only arose over an unmarried, romantically-involved same-sex couple.You have to wonder how often the heteros have shacked up on the St. Thomas tab without a comment.
Spotty has always been impressed that Katie can distinguish between pronouncements by church officials that are good, as she believes here, and when they are bad. It must take a powerful intellect.