“Ex Corde Ecclesiae: An Application to the United States,” was approved by the U.S. bishops on Nov. 17, 1999. The approval has raised concerns related to questions of diversity, employment, promotion and tenure among members of the St. Thomas community.

I would like to encourage you to discuss these issues openly at a forum from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Room 155, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. All faculty, staff and students are invited. The forum is sponsored by the University Diversity Steering Committee.

If you would like a copy of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, please call my office at (651) 962-6525. The document, “An Application to the United States,” can be accessed on the Web at www.nccbuscc.org/bishops/excorde.htm.