St. Thomas CR president: School wants ‘the Catholic face without the Catholic faith’

The University of St. Thomas enjoys the benefits of calling itself Catholic while secular administrators disregard the faith, observes a student whose event was just prohibited because the speaker upholds traditional values.

Campus College Republicans President David Povolny talks with Kyle Hooten. (Alpha News)


University of St. Thomas College Republicans President David Povolny accused the school of wanting “the Catholic face without the Catholic faith” after it banned a conservative Catholic commentator from speaking at the school.

In March, UST CRs tried to invite Michael Knowles for a speaking engagement on campus but the group said university administrators prevented the event from going forward.

“The justification for this decision comes from the University’s ‘Event Approval Policy’ that says the University can prohibit any speaker from coming to campus that they determine to violate the St. Thomas Conviction Statements,” according to a Wednesday press release from the conservative campus group. Povolny said the “conviction” Knowles violates is upholding trans values: the conservative Catholic fails to recognize transgenderism as a permissible identity.


Kyle Hooten

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