The first thing you need to know is that St. Martyr’s has a terrible newspaper. The student writers and editors have no comprehension of the line between news and editorial, and this problem is exacerbated by their sense that anything the Catholic hierarchy says is fact that can be reported as such. So news stories will declare as fact, for example, that abortion is murder or that God intends marriage only between a man and a woman. Of course, this is a Catholic school, but I don’t think we’re doing our student journalists any favors by letting them write this way and thus be totally unprepared for the real world of employment in the newspaper biz. Moreover, the writing is excruciatingly bad. A regular faculty amusement is to make fun of the mistakes, some of which are real doozies. I’ve actually been trying to cut down on this particular game, since I worry that it leads gradually to the kind of bitterness and disrespect for the students that I’ve seen in some of my colleagues. But today’s mistake is far, far too hilarious to keep to myself.
In an article about a campus speaker who was talking about the theology of sex (and of course everything he said is reported as absolute fact rather than simply the presentation of his views), the reporter declares that biblical prophets spoke of God’s love in terms of “a husband’s love for his bridegroom.”
Wow. How very gay-positive of those prophets. I see Catholic doctrine going in a whole new direction after this stunning revelation!