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Sunday, December 14, 2003

Jesuits vs. Webster's: you decide!

The dispute? The definition of the term "chastity."

Here's the venerable repository of American English:

"Main Entry: chas·ti·ty
Pronunciation: 'chas-t&-tE
Function: noun
Date: 13th century
1 : the quality or state of being chaste : as a : abstention from unlawful sexual intercourse b : abstention from all sexual intercourse c : purity in conduct and intention d : restraint and simplicity in design or expression
2 : personal integrity"

Here's the 2001 definition from the New England province of the once-inspiring religious order:

"Chastity is the condition of being affectively present and available to all."

Um. Okaaaaaaay.....

Though that explains Fr. Mariano's unique approach to youth ministry, I suppose.

It also might explain the moral theology department of the Weston Jesuit school's interesting take on marriage.

Anyone wonder why I like the Dominicans a whole lot better these days?

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