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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Archbishop to Katherine Kersten - 'Don't Try to Help Us'

Hilarious LTE in Saturday's Star Tribune - Archbishop Harry Flynn calls out Kersten:


Letter of the day: Archbishop responds to Kersten column
Last update: December 7, 2007 - 6:35 PM


Katherine Kersten's column of Dec. 4 ("Battle for soul of St. Thomas takes a turn for the worse") was an inaccurate and slanted portrayal of the current and future Catholicity of the University of St. Thomas.


I simply wish to make two points about the statement she quoted as being from our "Archdiocesan spokesman":


First, the statement we e-mailed and faxed to her was headlined as being a "Statement of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis." It came from me, not from our "spokesman."


Second, and more important, Kersten used only the first sentence of my statement in her column. The other two sentences were ignored. They read as follows: "The Saint Thomas board will always include bishops or priests. Any rumors or speculation about the 'de-Catholicization of the University of Saint Thomas are ill founded, inaccurate and ludicrous.'"


The editing of my statement leaves open to question her motivation in writing this one-sided and inaccurate column.


THE REV. HARRY J. FLYNN, ST. PAUL;
ARCHBISHOP OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS



Katherine - what was your motivation?

Eva adds: Kersten should issue a correction of that column. The Strib should insist that she do so.

Here is the problem paragraph:

St. Thomas "always has been and always will be a Catholic university," said archdiocesan spokesman Dennis McGrath in a statement.


As Flynn stated, the statement was from Flynn and not from McGrath the spokesman.

Ill founded, inaccurate and ludicrous are good descriptors of Katherine Kersten's drivel - most of which she doesn't write herself.

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