Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Call the morality police!

In a comment to Spot’s post Shacking up Catholic, MNObserver wrote the following:
And now we'll see the undergraduates turning in the teaching assistants who look just a little *too* happy in the morning. I can only guess the name they'll give the "single person getting some" tattletale telephone line.

Probably. Here’s a letter from the little brown streak Taliban Amanda Kastelic in the Star Tribune today:
True to its values

Bravo to Katherine Kersten for her April 24 column regarding the Rev. Dennis Dease, president of the University of St. Thomas, and his decision regarding St. Thomas' travel policy.

As a current St. Thomas student, I could not be prouder of our president and his commitment to Catholic values. I do not think it unreasonable for me to expect that Catholic values be upheld.

After all, I chose to attend St. Thomas not just because of the valuable academic experience it has to offer, but also because it is a school proud of its Catholic tradition and values.

To compromise those values would make St. Thomas no different from a public institution, as Kersten so astutely noted. The uniqueness of a Catholic university is rooted in its Catholic values. To compromise those values is to deny its very identity.

I consider it a privilege to be a part of a university such as St. Thomas that is willing to uphold its values in the face of pressure from those who wish it to conform to society's standards. I hope the faculty and students of St. Thomas recognize that privilege as well and will, like Dease and Kersten, support the fact that a Catholic university must be true to its Catholic principles.


Maybe we can get Amanda to staff the morality police hotline at St. Thomas!

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