In case you haven't noticed, I'm Catholic, not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For the record, I have serious disagreements with much of their theology, and while we hold some moral standards in common (chastity for one), there are plenty of things they consider immoral that I do not (like drinking coffee or alcohol). That being said, I'll tell you that I'm highly impressed with actions taken today by BYU, a university run by the LDS church which unabashedly calls on students to uphold the teachings of that church and to follow the lifesyle it promotes. BYU, a school with a big-time (and I'm sure big-bucks) sports program, suspended a star athlete because he violated their honor code and had pre-marital sex.
While it is true that I share BYU's belief that pre-marital sex is wrong, I'd be just as much in their corner if they had suspended him for a latte grande from the local coffee shop. He signed an honor code saying he would abide by certain behavioral norms, norms with which he was quite familiar having been raised, according to the article I read, in the LDS faith. The school put its principles first, and the sports team second. How many schools at that level can say the same thing?
When I started this article, I went to BYU's website, thinking I'd grab some graphic to illustrate this article, and I have to say, I was impressed. First of all, I really had to dig to find the athletic links. The university's website is about the school, not the football or basketball team. Secondly, they put forth very strongly that they are about teaching their students how, in their opinion, to reach everlasting life. Would that our Catholic universities were as strong in their support of Catholicism.