React Online: The Soul of a University

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_Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form and from those written or emailed to the magazine._ Reading Mr. Anthony DePalma's article on the "Soul of a University" was both moving and enlightening. As the parent of an only child, who is currently a senior in high school, I am fraught with anxiety about letting go while being concerned whether my child will be well taken care off at the college she selects to attend and still get an excellent education that will help her prepare well for a productive future.

The article was very enlightening for Mr. DePalma's insights both as a parent and as a student as well as one who has had a rich and varied perspective of college life and quality here in America.…

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Letters to the Editor

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Notre Dame

I took the old collegiate seminar ("A Death in the Curriculum") under an infuriating fellow named Daniel Koob, even complained to a dean about the demands and hated the required aggravations . . . until about midyear, when I discovered I was breathing outside the womb—and wanted to be there! Basically, I had learned to read—not just the text at hand, but _all_ texts, incorporating both intellect and value base.…

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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, p. 2

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_Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form and from those written or emailed to the magazine._ "Page 1":/news/10626, "Page 3":/news/10628, "Page 4":/news/10629, "Page 5":/news/10630 It is with regret that I hereby request that you remove my name from your list of subscribers. I have for many years enjoyed keeping up with goings on at Notre Dame through the magazine. Your current issue, however, sadly demonstrates an editorial philosophy that I cannot find edifying and must protest against.

I am greatly disturbed by Mr. Temple's statement in his editor's note that: "Homosexuality is . . . a fascinatingly rich subject that gets into human nature, love and sexual attraction; brings together science, psychology, sociology and religion; that involves family, morality and cultural mores; that raises questions of Catholic doctrine and the individual's conscience."…

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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, p. 3

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_Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form and from those written or emailed to the magazine_ "Page 1":/news/10626, "Page 2":/news/10627, "Page 4":/news/10629, "Page 5":/news/10630 Finally, some diversity in an otherwise secular, mundane and pandering magazine. This is the first issue I actually read cover to cover. Some of the other online comments prove that the hate, prejudice and disdain that gay people face every day is real. I find it unfortunate that these comments come from supposedly well-educated Christian alum. Gay students have always been and always will be a part of the ND community. Not acknowledging them will not make them go away. This issue should have been published 20 years ago.

Mark Bomber '86
Denver, Colorado…

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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, p. 4

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_Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form and from those written or emailed to the magazine_ "Page 1":/news/10626, "Page 2":/news/10627, "Page 3":/news/10628, "Page 5":/news/10630 Special thanks for your series of stories in the summer _ND Magazine_. It came on a very poignant day for me. One year ago on an equally beautiful Saturday my youngest son sat on my porch to tell me that he "liked boys."

These articles helped me reflect on this last year. A year of great growth for all of us while remaining the same.…

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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, p. 5

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_Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form and from those written or emailed to the magazine_ "Page 1":/news/10626, "Page 2":/news/10627, "Page 3":/news/10628, "Page 4":/news/10629 Thank you for publishing this wonderful issue—especially the piece "God Gave me a Gay Son." It is a remarkable journey that this father traveled, and I am so impressed that you published it and shared it with everyone in the ND family. Please pass along my thanks to the author, Thomas Nelson.

Shelly Scheuring '85
Anthem, Arizona…

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Letters from print issue

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Charges

A brief item in the news section noted that the library is discontinuing 1,500 electronic journal subscriptions and print versions of another 1,000 journals due to a budget crisis. It seems the publishers of the journals, according to the article, "have a captive audience and raise subscription rates faster than inflation." An article on the very next page reports that Notre Dame's tuition next year will jump to $36,930—a 6.9 percent increase. In fact, since my senior year (1977) tuition has increased more than 700 percent. It would appear the administration also has a captive audience and has no qualms about raising tuition rates faster than inflation. In fact, everything—television contracts, football tickets, books, fees, bookstore items, parking permits, etc.—is priced according to what the market will bear. It is hypocritical of Notre Dame to complain when the University takes the same approach.…

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Letters to the Editor Web extra

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Editor's note: Letters about the summer issue cover package "The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name" are available at http://magazine.nd.edu/news/10626/

Farewell to some good men

Wow!—I've just finished reading for a second and slow time the beautiful eulogy on Father Edmund P. Joyce, CSC- in the summer 2004 issue. What a Notre Dame man! Thank you so much for selecting a quality writer and contemporary of Father Joyce, Richard Conklin, to prepare the eulogy.

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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, p. 1

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_Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form and from those written or emailed to the magazine._ "Page 2":/news/10627, "Page 3":/news/10628, "Page 4":/news/10629, "Page 5":/news/10630 My reaction to your "homosexuality package" is overwhelmingly favorable. Here are a few comments that I delivered to an 50th anniversary alumni reunion shortly before your package appeared. These comments continue to reflect my views today.

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Reactions to Question of Conscience

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Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form. *I read with interest the article,"Question of Conscience"* and found it very intelligent until the author addressed the issue of pro-choice politicians. Appleby's assertion that such a politician is respecting the priority and inviolability of conscience and that somehow that justifies his voting for laws that allow the taking of human life is really very disingenuous. The only way the inviolability of conscience could be given a higher priority than the protection of the unborn is if such politician really did not believe that before birth human beings are entitled to full human rights. Such a position is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic Church and could only be explained as being the result of poor catechesis or faulty conscience formation on the part of said individual.

I might also add it shows a profound ignorance of or disregard for basic human biology. Catholic politicians who oppose laws that offer protection for the unborn cannot honestly claim that it is their intention to defend the weak and the and vulnerable. To do so represents glaring hypocrisy of the part of Catholic politicians. I am surprised that Appleby did not recognize such a gaping hole in the integrity of what was otherwise such a well-reasoned argument.…

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