December 13, 2007

Father Dease's Response to Kersten Column

Father Dennis Dease, President of the University of St. Thomas responded to Katherine Kersten's column about the University of St. Thomas.

Father Dease's letter follows Archbishop Harry Flynn's letter

I got my information from Ray because I don't subscribe to, or regularly read, the local newspaper these letters appeared in. Thanks, Ray!

The accomplishment's Father Dease lists in his letter are worthy. I think he has done some phenomenal things during his tenure.

HOWEVER, Father STILL, like the Archbishop's letter before his, did not explain what assurances we have that the Board will always have a priest on it. Furthermore, should we fail to be concerned that the current Archbishop will not be the Chairman-as was the case historically?

Moreover, unless I'm completely mistaken, haven't the accomplishments Father listed occurred when a sitting Archbishop WAS Chairman of the Board of Trustees? Or, am I mistaken in assuming that the presence of our local Ordinary had any impact at all on the Board's decisions? Am I mistaken in thinking the Board had anything to do with any of the accomplishments? If that's the case, why bother to list them?


Blogger Unknown said...

Good comments, Cathy.

Especially the one that noted that all the good things happened while Archbishop Flynn was ex-officio Chairman of the board.

A factor that hasn't been mentioned is that more than 50% of the faculty are not Catholic. And some of these have been lobbying to remove Church influence.

And I'm sure that the next President of the school will not be a priest unless he has impeccable academic credentials. Father Dease is probably in his mid-60s and won't be there for that many more years.

December 14, 2007 9:16 AM  
Blogger The Crescat said...


December 14, 2007 4:09 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Kat: What fresh hell is this? Ok, ok, 'tis the season. I'll put my spirit cap on. *sigh*

December 14, 2007 8:08 PM  

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