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.

Sincerely,

Diana McCarney ’02
School of Theology Alumna