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Trinity, right or wrong.

Kevin Carey's article on the history of Trinity College ["The Trinity Sisters," July/August 2011] demonstrates that Trinity was and will continue to be a source of inspiration for many women whose success is put in doubt by the existing social-economic climate. In the past it was gender, today it may be poverty, in the future it may be fear ... or perhaps it's been all three all along. Trinity empowers women to think for themselves, work hard to achieve higher goals, and be the sources of peace and social justice that this world so sorely needs and deserves. Above all, the college empowers women to know that they can achieve success not only by reaching high political offices, but also by encouraging others to believe and by teaching our children that self-confidence and empathetic action go hand in hand.


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As a Trinity alumna (class of '68), I can testify to its loss of Catholic identity. Trinity was liberal in the 1960s, teaching situation ethics and moral relativism and bringing in dissenters to give "retreats." Its Catholic identity was less important than its worldly one. That the school eulogizes alums like Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius who champion the murder of babies in the womb while talking about their responsibility for the weak is patent hypocrisy.

Trinity needs to remember the Bible's admonition, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" As a Catholic woman, I'm ashamed of my diploma.

Mary Ann Kreitzer

Woodstock, Va.

Trinity's story of developing the disenfranchised does not stop at helping young women. During the summer of 1965, I was a young, inner-city, African American male attending a summer enrichment program at Trinity College. Sure, I was Catholic, but that really didn't matter to the Trinity faculty or the excellent group of summer staffers hired to work with those of us participating in the enrichment program. The Trinity experience shaped my life in ways large and small. Then and now, I consider myself in some small way a Trinity guy!

Everette Freeman

President, Albany State University

Albany, Ga.

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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Virginia; Kreitzer, Mary Ann; Freeman, Everette
Publication:Washington Monthly
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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