I've been thinking recently about how the situation in which one is raised helps determine how one reacts to change. A possible working generalization: people raised in authoritarian families, or families where a parent holds much authority over subordinates, usually seek out situations with similar power dynamics, like the military. Or, people with little to no structure might seek out an authoritarian structure like the military. I'm thinking of these things because last night's episode of the NBC show "The Office" hinged on this idea, and I'm told that the military men and women at Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, whose jets scream above parts of town in the flight path, regard civilians as "children."
These ideas offer an interesting context for the turns of phrase used in the Pulse letter below, especially "the cradles of tomorrow's leaders" and "an education guarded."
Also, Robert, do you consider the truth "sacred"? Wonder if you discuss this in your class. Isn't the truth most likely to be found between the sacred and the profane?
Keep teachings intact
This is in regard to the New York Times story, "Religious schools deal with
disputes over free speech," in the Feb. 25 World-Herald.
If we are ever to build the City of God, we first need to pursue truth.
The Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, was absolutely right when he said the public staging of "The Vagina Monologues" and the showing of the gay-themed film "Brokeback Mountain" on campus implied an endorsement of values that conflict with Roman Catholicism.
Our Catholic Church zealously guards the truth based on the Bible and sacred Catholic tradition. It is so obvious that homosexual acts are a discord, a sin against nature.
If professors want to teach contrary to common sense, let it not be in our Catholic universities, which are the cradles of tomorrow's leaders.
Parents who make great sacrifices to send their children to a Catholic university need to be assured that they are receiving an education guarded by Catholic teaching.
The barnacles of so-called freedom of speech or academic freedom, which promote sodomy, need to be removed from the Barque of Peter.
Georgia Ebel, Omaha