Thursday, September 6, 2012

* Is Yale Daily News Blind to Religious Story ?

Wassup YDN?

Link to  Washington Post Article

I don't usually criticize the Yale Daily News which does a superb job of reporting, but they seem to have a blind spot to this story about a faculty member at Yale Divinity School censored and censured by the Vatican.  I wrote the Daily News when the story first appeared last spring, but my letter missed their final edition and the Letters editor asked my permission to print it at the beginning of September when the News resumed publication. 

 It hasn't made it so far.

I reminded them indirectly in a post about a Rick Santorum

 story in today's Daily News, that 

when the Pope censures a Yale faculty member, 


Is YDN  blind to religion as a "newsworthy" item?

We'll see.

Paul D. Keane
M. Div. '80
M.A., M.Ed.

Link to Yale Daily News article to which my letter, below, responds:

theantiyale 11 hours ago

Mr. Santorum needs a good dose of the teaching at that liberal indoctrination center called Yale Divinity School------one of whose faculty, Sister Margaret Farley, was castigated last Spring by name by Pope Benedict for her liberal thinking in her book, A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.
The best course I ever took at Yale was called " Psychoanalysis, Parents, and God" taught by psychoanalyst and minister, Tom Brown. One of Prof. Brown's assertions has haunted me all these 35 years since: “At any given moment all people are doing the best they can with what they have."
Mr. Santorum, on the contrary, believes that only those who abide by the ex cathedra pronouncements of the Pope on matters of private body parts (especially WOMEN’S private body parts) and their functions (especially those which bring ecstasy) are doing the best they can with what they have, and are therefore worthy of filling the definition of "family."
Some people need the approval of divines in order to feel valid. They need a sanctum sanctorum.
I attended Yale Divinity School for four years in order to find out if divines have any more access to ultimate truth than I do.
They don't.
Paul D. Keane
M. Div. '80
M.A., M.Ed

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