Friday, May 9, 2008


Nick Coleman, an ex-Catholic, who writes a column for the StarTribune took another shot at the Church in his column on May 2 in that paper.

Anti-torture but pro-choice?

Can't have that in church, please

May 2, 2008

"Dr. Steven Miles, a world-renowned scholar, author and anti-torture activist, has won many awards in his career on the faculty of the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics. But the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has bestowed an especially rare distinction on Miles, one that puts him in excellent company. . . .

Miles was invited months ago to talk about torture and its effects on society before masses at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Minneapolis on Sunday. The invitation was issued by the peace and justice ministry at St. Joan's, which has a tradition of social justice work in the Twin Cities. In addition, Miles was scheduled to speak Tuesday to an adult education class at the church.

But last Wednesday, four days before Miles was scheduled to speak, the archdiocese intervened: St. Joan's was ordered not to let Miles talk before mass. Or Tuesday, either. . . .

He will speak. Just not at St. Joan's.

Miles' presentation on torture has been shifted from St. Joan's to the Carondelet Center in St. Paul, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The center is next to the College of Saint Catherine, at 1890 Randolph Av. . . ."

You can forgive the average reader for not being aware that the Carondelet Center is not a part of the College of St. Catherine. But Nick Coleman should have known that and made it clear.

The College of St. Catherine wants it made known that Dr. Miles' appearance was allowed and endorsed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondolet and was held in their own facility. St. Kate's has no control over what they do in their own property.

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