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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 8. 1964.

Dean Replies

Dean Replies

Sir,—I have just had the opportunity of reading Salient for May 25. 1964.

You quote from a speech I made at NZ Youth Forum: "That sexual intercourse is permissible when there is a certain degree of permanence and security ... In some cases therefore it would seem premarital sexual intercourse Is permissible. This he did not deny."

Your statement is the exact opposite from what I said, and no way reflects either my opinion or my speech.

I emphasised throughout the glory of the sexual relationship between man and woman, but that it would be fulfilled only In marriage because only there would the necessary permanent features apply.

Later in the Conference, the phrase "chastity before marriage and faithfulness after it" was used in a finding This is the phrase I used in my talk and which is the basis of my argument.

You obviously won't agree with my line In the matter, but it is what I said. Goodness only knows by what breakdown in communication drill I can be credited with denying what I have always stood for!

Allan Pyatt.

Dean of Christchurch.

This paper has no stated editorial policy on either Youth Forum or pre-marital sexual intercourse. We have printed what was available to us.—Ed.