Dear Editor,

I write in response to the letter by Faye Williams in the Oct. 13 issue of The Record.

I am a 2002 graduate of the School of Theology and have 25 years of experience in Catholic School education including 13 years as a principal. My extended family has invested 27 years in SJU & CSB education, and my three daughters graduated from CSB and my brother from SJU.

CSB and SJU were a strong family choice specifically because it is a Catholic college and promotes Benedictine values. For Ms. Williams to suggest that a pro-choice club on campus would align with Benedictine values lacks a true
understanding of what these values mean.

According to science, abortion is taking the life of a unique human being with its own DNA separate from that of the mother. Thus it is not a Catholic issue, but rather a natural law issue and contrary to the Ten Commandments which are integral to the Judeo/Christian culture and faith traditions. The fact that our Supreme Court has allowed abortion and that many faith traditions concur does not change truth.

Experience has shown that pro-choice does not mean choice at all, but rather pro-abortion. A Catholic community is no more required to accept and fund a pro-choice/pro-abortion club than to support a KKK or Neo-Nazi club. This issue is far deeper than a “different opinion.” It is a matter of life and death, good and evil.

May Ms. Williams’ future years at CSB help her deepen her understanding of Benedictine values.


Diana McCarney ’02
School of Theology Alumna