Role Models

May 2006

American society says we need role models for blacks, American Indians, homosexuals, girls who want to go into science and math, et al. But at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., we don't need role models for young Catholics.

According to a story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Jan. 3), Professor Leigh Lawton and Professor Ellen Kennedy of the University of St. Thomas have shacked up for 12 years. Their unholy relationship is "no secret," says the story. They planned a trip to Australia with students. The University said they could only go if they took separate rooms. "They refused," the story says, "considering it deceitful." And it is deceitful. It's also a charade. The University officials are, as they say, "just keeping up appearances." What a mockery!

New Oxford Notes: May 2006

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I trust that the University of St Thomas is Roman Catholic affiliated ! However it is sad and sorry to note that the UST administration is probably legally restricted to address the issue as it certainly is not a situation that represents Catholic morality ! Nevertheless, the administration should pursue all avenues to address it ! Posted by: garyestadt
May 19, 2006 12:28 PM EDT
I am not surprised by such immoral behavior since most "Catholic" colleges and universities are simply just "private schools" with some Catholic trappings to keep the brain-dead parents and alumni happy. By the way, the college president and members of the board of directors would all make excellent American bishops. Tertullian
Posted by: gwolak
May 21, 2006 12:16 AM EDT
The following links give some more information, both from our newspaper and Fr. Dease's announcement of the travel policy. I work at the University of St. Thomas, and I know it has generated a great deal of discusssion amongst faculty and staff, caring, concerned and, yes, angry (but civil), discussion, not just a "slam" of UST. Additional public information may be obtained by going to, typing "travel policy" in the search area, and selecting from the results.

Link One

Link Two

Posted by: smmoro
May 22, 2006 05:08 PM EDT
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