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Letter to the Editor | Monday, March 10, 2008

Congratulations to Greg Yatarola on his recent Observer article, “Challenging male promiscuity,” (Feb. 26). From my reading of the Letters to the Editor for almost the last five years, it would seem that the main interest of students is sex. Students live for the weekends to be free of classes and to get to the important issues of alcohol and sex, or at least attempting to find a sexual partner, and if not in reality, at least in imagination.

This school year has been the first time in five years that I’ve seen any articles specifically countering the wanton use of sex, besides those arguing against “The Vagina Monologues.” Also, each year there are several things put on by the student Right To Life organization, including talks on respect for sex. So it has been refreshing to see the article regarding pornography by Fr. Lou DelFra and the recent Yatarola article.

A college-age man caught me off guard one day by asking me how to keep pure and chaste. I didn’t know if he was Catholic or not, so I didn’t give him the complete answer – which for a Catholic would be frequent participation in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, both attending and receiving. A third major help would be daily, individual, private prayer, including prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Brother Bill Mewes, C.S.C.


Columba Hall

Feb. 28