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Update on Fr. Dease and ++Tutu

October 11, 2007

An excerpt from a bulletin released to students and faculty:

UST president says he made wrong decision, invites Tutu to campus

Father Dennis Dease, president of the University of St. Thomas, has asked that the letter below be sent to St. Thomas students, faculty and staff:

Dear members of the St. Thomas community,

One of the strengths of a university is the opportunity that it provides to speak freely and to be open to other points of view on a wide variety of issues. And, I might add, to change our minds.

Therefore, I feel both humbled and proud to extend an invitation to Archbishop Desmond Tutu to speak at the University of St. Thomas.

I have wrestled with what is the right thing to do in this situation, and I have concluded that I made the wrong decision earlier this year not to invite the archbishop. Although well-intentioned, I did not have all of the facts and points of view, but now I do.

Well, I think he’s an asshat, BUT, I do give him big kudos for publicly saying he was wrong, and has changed his mind. That does say something.

(ETA – hat tip to Mad Priest and David H., even though I did see this myself this morning! I need to share the hat tipping!)

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