Still, this coming-clean has a positive side. A few years ago Archbishop Michael Miller, secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education, said this during a lecture at Notre Dame:
For [the pope], the measure of an institution can be judged by its Catholic integrity. If [secularization occurs], it might be a matter of truth and justice that such an institution is no longer upheld. [Pope] Benedict [XVI] and others may believe that if a Catholic institution is no longer motivated by a Catholic identity, it is better to let it go.
From that standpoint, UST's regress can and should be seen as progress. For it's usually progress to let it be known where you stand and do not stand. In this case, the progress allows the truly Catholic institutions to be seen all the more clearly as such.