Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Morality in Daily Life: Fr. Hogan and Catholic U's Dorm Switch

Hello, Coffee Talkers!

Today, I join many in mourning the loss of a great American priest, Fr. Richard Hogan.

Fr. Hogan was very active in spreading the moral teachings of the Catholic Church to modern people in an accessible way, particularly in the areas of Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Blessed John Paul II's Theology of the Body (two of my favorite areas of theology!). Thank you, Fr. Hogan, for your bold proclamation of the Gospel! You will be greatly missed.

May the soul of Fr. Richard Hogan, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

In other news, Catholic University of America has decided to try to put a stop to the rather licentious lifestyle in their dorms by returning to single-sex dorms. Apparently many people consider this a 'backward' move, and university officials have felt the need to back this decision with all sorts of data and statistical evidence showing that single-sex college housing reduces the amount of 'hook-ups' and binge drinking.

Frankly, they could have saved themselves a lot of time and money devoted to such research by asking any honest person who has lived in both environments. As a person who lived in co-ed residence hall (and served as a Resident Advisor) at my undergraduate university, and then subsequently breathed a sigh of tremendous relief as I worked as a Residence Director of an all-women's hall at my grad school alma mater, I can personally attest to the fact that single-sex dormitories are about 3 millions times better then co-ed, especially in terms of a life of integrated learning and formation in character and virtue. Trust me, lots of crazy stuff went down in the women's dorm, too (someday I'll write a book, I'm sure, where names will be changed to protect the less-than-innocent), but it was still immeasurably better than the co-ed housing experience. So kudos to CUA for taking this bold step in the right direction!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Be assured of my prayers.

Peace and all good,

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