There was evidence of an unholy conspiracy in the answer given by the spokeswoman for Duquesne University concerning its refusal to recognize a union effort of its adjunct professors (“Protesters Chastise University for Opposing Union Drive,” Dec. 6). She claimed it was a matter of religious freedom. I had heard rumors of such a shameful strategy, but she confirmed it.
It is a basic Catholic social teaching that workers have the right to unionize and enter collective bargaining. Clearly, this linkage to religious freedom is a shameful plot to have all Catholic colleges oppose any government rules so as to support the bishops’ fight against the health care law. For intelligent university people to allow this confusion is an embarrassment. I now understand why the Diocese of Pittsburgh has not been outspoken about this union as well as the one at its own Catholic Cemeteries Association. In a city known for its union history, I am ashamed of this dishonest collusion.
Who suffers? The workers, the middle class and those who expect more of the Catholic Church!
REV. NEIL McCAULLEY
The writer is a Catholic priest.