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Thursday, April 23, 2009


Wisdom with hindsight

A very sad reminder indeed-I suggest the Church in future should forbid the acceptance of any funding that comes with secular strings attached!

Titus Andronicus

I've never known a college professor (law professors excepted) who knew two figs about the actual law. I don't know that religious orders are entitled to special exemptions from contract law (so its probably irrelevant who technically runs USF), but I do know that contracts can be renegotiated or rescinded according to their own terms. Furthermore, if the contract specifies a particular PPO, it does not necessarily make every element of that PPO an article of the contract (Blue Cross, while perhaps being bound by a separate contract to offer certain services to the university, is not privy to, and not bound by, the contract between the university and its employees). So if the university convinced Blue Cross to drop abortion and contraception coverage from the PPO plan referenced by the faculty/staff employment agreement, it probably would not constitute a violation of that agreement. But one would always have to look at the actual documents to know for sure.

American Phoenix

It appears that the USF Faculty Association President doesn't know much about the law either. You can always break a contract, if you are willing to pay the monetary damages. Let them file an unfair labor practice complaint. Or better yet, let the contract expire and then CHANGE the substance of its provisions upon renewal. When the labor contract comes up for renewal, you can CHANGE that too.

After all, aren't we all about CHANGE these days?

The real problem is unwillingness by USF administration to ensure that the University comports itself in accord with Catholic teaching. This is not the first time that there's been a problem at USF. These problems have been ongoing ever since I was a student there. That USF is not a Catholic university hasn't been a surprise for more than 20 years now.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Relativism, modernism( the presen one, not the 19th cent. version),and subjectivism, dwell freely in the Catholic Academia's corridors. Who owns a University is always relevant.

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