Re: your article in the April 21 edition titled “Catholic campus rejects pro-life speaker” (page 4), on the University of St. Thomas barring a pro-life speaker from its campus speaking program, this is no surprise to many Catholics. It only points out the problem in the so-called Catholic universities in the U.S. It brings to the fore one of the issues Pope Benedict XVI has to deal with that has been ignored for years.
The mistake possibly made by those involved was to have the Young America’s Foundation sponsor the talk and the choice of speaker. It would have been more successful to have any speaker sponsored by Planned Parenthood. Then the speaker, no matter whom it would be, would be welcomed with open arms.
The bishops must find the backbone to oversee the focus of the so-called Catholic institutions of higher learning. That is, if they have the moral commitment rather than just politically correct concerns. Such commitment has been sorely lacking in the Catholic Church and this is why the bishops need to promote illegal immigration to try and fill the pews and collection baskets. John J. Crinnion Harbor Springs, Michigan