In his May 3 letter to the editor "Bishop's Demand," Mac Booker states that Bishop David Zubik demanded the punishment of a Carnegie Mellon University student for her naked display on campus in April.
I was with Bishop Zubik for every interview he gave to media on this issue and never once did he ask -- let alone demand -- that the student be punished or disciplined. What he did say is that a student who appears naked from the waist down with a cross shaved out of her pubic hair is engaging in offensive behavior, not free speech.
In fact, while making his feelings known on the display, Bishop Zubik tended very much to downplay her personal culpability because of her youth.
I'm less sure what would be Mr. Booker's excuse. In case he should try it himself, Mr. Booker should be aware that showing up in public naked from the waist down is not protected speech. To the contrary, it would get him arrested.
REV. RONALD LENGWIN
Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh