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Notre Dame Ducks!

As it becomes ever clearer that the McCarrick episode is at the epicenter of the sexual assault tumult, Father Jenkins’s decision to leave in place the Archbishop’s honorary degree until some distant proceeding in Rome, should it ever occur, becomes ever more perplexing and disturbing. As we have shown, the revocation of Bill Cosby’s honorary […]


About Millstones

Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, has decided to let stand the honorary degree it awarded Archbishop Theodore McCarrick pending a canonical trial.. Fr. Jenkins found “no reason to question” the New York Archdiocese’s determination that allegations of sexual abuse by Archbishop McCarrick were “credible and substantiated,” and he noted that Pope Francis […]


Follow The Leader

On Tuesday, July 31, Bill Dempsey sent the following letter respecting the McCarrick affair to Father Jenkins and the other Fellows of the University on behalf of the officers and trustees of Sycamore Trust: Call To Action If you agree, we hope you will second our request to revoke the honorary degree Notre Dame awarded […]


“Malicious!” “Preposterous!”

As we noted in our last bulletin, a new lawsuit has been filed claiming that Notre Dame hasn’t gone far enough in scuttling its long-standing policy against providing contraceptives to employees and students. With the University’s having repudiated its sworn protestations to the court that it couldn’t in conscience do what it is now doing, […]


Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness!

In our current bulletin, we reproduce a letter we have sent to the University of Notre Dame Trustees submitting a petition from alumni and friends urging them to end the provision of abortifacients to students and employees and to reverse Father Jenkins’s decision to include contraceptives in Notre Dame’s health plans for students and employees. […]


2018 Student Award Recipients

Every year at our Annual Breakfast during Reunion Weekend we recognize undergraduates who have made an outstanding contribution to strengthening Notre Dame’s Catholic identity. The award comes with a donation made in their names to a campus group of their choice. This year’s recipients are Sarah Drumm, ’18, and Sarah Ortiz, ’19. The video below about […]


Conveniently Blind

The university has now disclosed the unsettling details of its contraception program. Coverage will include drugs that cause abortions; they will be prescribed and provided through the campus wellness center; and abortifacients will be provided free for several more months and cut-rate until the end of the year. The program is described in three online […]


School For Scandal

Notre Dame had it right in its lawsuit against the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. There, Dr. John Affleck-Graves, the University’s Executive Vice President, swore to the court that compliance with the mandate would “violate Notre Dame’s religious beliefs” because it would cause scandal, especially to its students: Therefore, he concluded: Now, in a stupefying pivot, Father Jenkins […]


“Notre Dame Swallows the Pill”

Notre Dame Swallows the Pill by  Gerard V. Bradley Reprinted with permission from The Public Discourse. February 8th, 2018 The University has announced it is to be the sole funder, unaccompanied proprietor, and director of distribution of what it has solemnly declared for years to be an immoral service. But the Holy Spirit is not […]


A Day To Support Notre Dame’s Catholic Mission

Notre Dame Day, which begins this evening and runs through tomorrow, provides an unusual opportunity to support Notre Dame organizations devoted to the Catholic mission of the University. The live streaming broadcast  begins at 6:42 PM ET tonight and ends at 12:11 AM ET on April 24. You can watch below, read a FAQ, and learn […]


Giving Discernment a Bad Name

We now have the fourth installment of Father Jenkins’s Policy-of-the-Month contraception misadventure. He has finally decided to claim an exemption from the Obamacare mandate and to have the University itself, rather than the insurance companies, provide contraceptives, but not abortificiants, to employees and students. Accordingly, Notre Dame will now, surely for the first time and […]


Statement of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Regarding the Notre Dame Decision on Contraceptive Coverage “I strongly support the decision of the University of Notre Dame to stop the government-funded provision, through its third party administrator, of abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. I am also happy that the University will provide natural family planning services in its insurance plans. At the same […]


Faculty For Life Open Letter to Fr. John Jenkins

We reproduce below an important letter from the Executive Board of the Notre Dame Chapter of University Faculty for Life published originally on January 18, 2018, the day before the March for Life, in the student newspaper The Observer.  The letter is addressed to Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president, the leader of […]


Just Who Do They Think They’re Fooling?

Just as Notre Dame’s response to the Obamacare abortifcient/contraceptive mandate began with misrepresentations to the courts, as we recounted in our last bulletin, so does it continue with misrepresentations to everyone else. While the administration tries to lay responsibility on its insurers for the provision of free abortifacients and contraceptives to its students and employees, […]


Students’ Open Letter to Notre Dame’s Administration

While some Notre Dame students are calling for the removal of 12 iconic murals of Christopher Columbus that have been on campus since 1884, others are demanding that the administration set the record straight about its Catholic values. In an open letter to the school’s president, vice-president, and administration, the editorial staff of The Irish […]


Sorin’s Bold Vision & the Future of Notre Dame

  By Fr. Bill Miscamble C.S.C. Father Edward Sorin has been the subject of renewed attention during this year celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of the University of Notre Dame by the determined Holy Cross priest and his band of brothers. The university administration has made the fulfillment of Sorin’s ‘vision’ a lynchpin of […]


Alumni Lawyers to Fr. Jenkins

AN OPEN LETTER TO FATHER JENKINS FROM NOTRE DAME ALUMNI ATTORNEYS Dear Father Jenkins: We write as attorneys and Notre Dame alumni out of deep concern over what appears to be abuse by the University of the judicial process in its legal challenge to the Obamacare abortifacient/contraceptive mandate. This is a serious matter, and we do […]


Serpentine! Serpentine!

Under the pressure of public scrutiny, Notre Dame has backed off facilitating surgical abortion though its employee FSA. But so far they have held their ground with cut-rate sterilization, abortifacients, contraceptives. NOTRE DAME, IN — In the wake of our bulletin of yesterday disclosing that the university has made expenses for abortion, sterilization, abortifacients, and contraceptives […]


(Don’t Look Now)

You thought at least Notre Dame would draw the line at surgical abortion? Wrong. NOTRE DAME, IN — Last week we reported how Notre Dame has decided to do voluntarily precisely what it insisted to the courts repeatedly it could not do in good conscience — allow its health care contractors to provide free abortifacients and […]


Notre Dame’s Conscience du Jour

In a stunning move, Notre Dame has just taken back the claim it made through years of litigation, in protest of the Obamacare mandate, that it couldn’t in conscience consent to the provision of abortifacients and contraceptives to its employees by its health plan administrator. That is now precisely what it is going to do. NOTRE […]


“Regulation of Birth” at Notre Dame?

[sta_anchor id=”top”]Notre Dame has not accepted the exemption from the Obamacare abortifcient/contraception mandate made available by the Trump administration but instead has notified its employees that they will continue receiving free abortifacients and contraceptives in 2018 from the administrator of the university’s health insurance plan. There is time for Notre Dame to change its mind […]


On Whose Shoulders Then Do We Stand?

  Father Bill Miscamble, C.S.C., files a dissenting opinion from Dean John T. McGreevey’s characterization of yesterday’s Notre Dame as “mediocre,” as we do from his declaration, without visible means of support, that today’s Notre Dame is “more Catholic” than it was fifty years ago under Father Ted Hesburgh NOTRE DAME, IN – Alumni who tire […]


Game, Set, and Match to Father Jenkins

  Father Jenkins’s censure of Senator Feinstein for her questioning Notre Dame law school Professor Amy Barrett’s qualifications to serve as a federal judge because of her Catholic faith was spirited and telling and a credit to the university. NOTRE DAME, IN – Good for Father Jenkins! His indictment of Senator Diane Feinstein (D. Cal.) […]


The Spirit of Land O’Lakes

The Land O’Lakes Statement, which insisted upon the “true autonomy” of Catholic universities “in the face of  authority of any kind both lay and clerical,” inaugurated a period of unprecedented secularization of Catholic schools. NOTRE DAME, IN — The issuance 50 years ago of the Land O’Lakes Statement by prominent Catholic educators led by Father Theodore […]


Catholic By Design

The ND School of Architecture earns high praise for pioneering a return to classicism and urban planning nurtured by a Catholic perspective. Duncan G. Stroik is a practicing architect, author, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. His award-winning work includes the renovation of the sanctuary of Saint Mary Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, which […]

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Academic Freedom Wins A Round

Shortly before a band of Notre Dame students drew national attention by walking out on Vice President Pence at commencement, a Notre Dame professor’s stand against student intolerance for unfashionable views had been publicized on national television. We take note. NOTRE DAME, IN — The photo below, which shows a Notre Dame football player being […]


A (Mostly) Fine Commencement

Some 100-150 members of the class of 2017 “respectfully” walk out on Vice President Pence’s commencement address in an officially sanctioned demonstration. NOTRE DAME, IN — Except for a few minutes of university-sanctioned agitation by a handful of discomposed students, the 2017 Notre Dame commencement was a fine affair. As the sun broke through the threatening […]


LGBT & Pro-Life Week on Campus

  An April week brought to campus an LGBT protest of Vice President Pence, acknowledgment that the Gender Studies Program contradicts Catholic teaching, and celebrations of both same-sex marriage and pro-life champions. NOTRE DAME, IN — A lot went on at Notre Dame just a few weeks ago. On the LGBT front, Notre Dame student […]


It Depends on What They Mean by “Small”

With yet another tuition increase far exceeding inflation, the cost of a Notre Dame education balloons to nearly $70,000 next school year. NOTRE DAME, IN — In a February 17 press release, the university announced a tuition increase for next year: Sound familiar? It should. Almost identical press releases with the same tuition increases and phrases […]


Pence’s Turn for Student Brickbats

  Now it is protests by Notre Dame students against Vice President Pence as commencement speaker rather than against President Trump that have drawn national attention. Notre Dame’s honoring of President Obama in 2009 continues to dog the university. The university’s having Pence instead of Trump as commencement speaker appears designed to mollify Trump supporters […]


The Commencement Speech That Wasn’t

Fake news: President Trump’s Notre Dame Commencement Address When the news broke that President Trump would not deliver Notre Dame’s 2017 commencement address nor receive an honorary degree despite the university’s tradition of honoring newly elected presidents in this fashion, The Irish Rover, Notre Dame’s independent student newspaper, published the following consolation offering. Trump’s Commencement […]


The Laetare Medal Misfire, Chapter 2

Notre Dame has chosen a dissident priest to receive the 2017 Laetare Medal. After last year’s unsettling award of the Laetare Medal to Vice President Joe Biden despite his championship of abortion rights and same-sex marriage, one might have hoped for a respite this year. It was not to be. On March 26, Notre Dame […]


The Ghost of Commencement Past

Notre Dame’s defense against charges of scandal surrounding President Obama’s 2009 commencement address is belied by its refusal to extend the same honor to President Trump. NOTRE DAME, IN —  By declining to invite President Trump to deliver this year’s commencement address after the 2009 invitation to President Obama, the nation’s most pro-abortion president, Father Jenkins scuttled his […]


Notre Dame and the Election: Apocalypse Now!

Trump’s election was met at Notre Dame with widespread dismay and hostility even though Trump is an ally and Clinton an enemy of the Church on abortion and religious liberty. NOTRE DAME, IN — This is the last of our bulletins on the election. In the first, we discussed issues directly affecting the Church and Notre […]


The March for Life, the Election, and Notre Dame

The March for Life is energized by the Trump administration as Archbishop Chaput suggests Trump be invited to speak at Notre Dame’s Commencement. NOTRE DAME, IN — In our last bulletin, while acknowledging President Trump’s flaws, the impossibility of predicting his future actions, and the many current controversial political issues, we described how in any event […]


The Election, the Church, and Notre Dame, Chapter One

  The election of Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton improves the landscape on a number of issues important to the Church and Notre Dame. NOTRE DAME, IN — In this bulletin we discuss how the election of Donald Trump may affect the Church and Notre Dame, and in our next bulletin we’ll describe the […]


Transgender Conformity

The following First Things article is reproduced with the publisher’s permission. Nova Classical Academy, a K–12 charter school in St. Paul, Minnesota, is the sort of school that most parents seeking a first-rate education for their children can only dream about. Founded in 2003, the school teaches the classical curriculum of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. […]


Father Jenkins and Transgenders, Fact and Fiction

Father Jenkins’s wavering on transgender “rights” calls into question truths of both science and faith. NOTRE DAME, IN — As we’ve reported in a previous bulletin, Father Jenkins has said he’s undecided about the demands of transgendered persons to use the showers, dressing rooms, restrooms, and dormitories of the sex that they claim. He has […]


Of Obama, Trump, Circuses, and Notre Dame

Notre Dame president considers breaking with more than a half-century tradition of presidential Commencement speeches. NOTRE DAME, IN — In a recent interview, Father John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, indicated he may not invite president-elect Trump to speak and receive an honorary degree at the 2017 commencement. He said he will decide “sometime during the […]


“If It Were All Gone, I Should Not Give Up” – Fr. Edward Sorin

Notre Dame is still the best and, along with The Catholic University of America, the most Catholic of the major Catholic universities. We pause during the Thanksgiving weekend to reflect with gratitude on the many manifestations of Catholic faith and learning that continue to grace the University of Notre Dame and for the rich opportunities […]


God Made Them Man and/or Woman — Your Choice

Notre Dame president wobbles on transgender agenda. Father Jenkins’s public opposition to the NCAA’s action in pulling tournaments out of North Carolina because of the state transgender “bathroom law” was welcome, but what he said in explanation was not. His view that  transgenders’ demands for their choice of showers, locker rooms, dormitories, and bathrooms present […]


Misrepresentation As “Civil Discourse” At Notre Dame

Notre Dame President publicly misrepresents Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, a critic of his Laetare Medal award to Vice President Biden. In a just published Commonweal interview, Father John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, levels a wholly baseless charge against Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, one of the Church’s most respected […]


A Tale of Two Speeches

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput recently spoke to an appreciative audience at Notre Dame about the deterioration of morals and the unraveling of family in our society as well as the scandal of the award of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal to Vice President Joseph Biden. On September 15, a few days after the appearance at Notre Dame […]


“Justice Ruth, She Speaks the Truth!”???

Despite Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s  long record of judicial activism subverting  core Catholic values, the Notre Dame administration assembled half the campus to celebrate her life and career.   NOTRE DAME, IN – At the instance of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the university last Monday once again celebrated a prominent champion of […]


The Camel, The Tent, and The Nose

The Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s (GALA) has applied to the Notre Dame Alumni Association (NDAA) for official recognition. NOTRE DAME, IN – GALA has for some years sought, and has had some success in gaining, a foothold on campus. It achieved one of its most important goals with the […]


A Half-Century Drift From The Church

For more than a half century, Notre Dame has patiently paved the way for social change, leading the way in… We reproduce below with permission an article by Bill Dempsey that appeared recently in  First Things. Bill writes about the debt owed by Catholic pro-choice politicians like Sen. Kaine and Vice President Biden to Notre Dame and […]


Notre Dame’s Necessary Climate Change

  Notre Dame releases “deeply troubling” findings on student rapes in its second “Student Climate” survey. The university recently released the results of a 2015 survey of the entire student body respecting sexual assaults. The report discloses the gravity of this problem. With 38% of the students responding, a “deeply troubling” 6% of females and 2% of […]


Land O’Lakes On Steroids

The ascendancy of the Land O’Lakes statement, the charter for the secularization of Catholic universities, over Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Pope John Paul II’s charter for the preservation of their Catholic identity. In this final bulletin on the Laetare Medal/Biden episode, we consider its broad significance. As Bishop Rhoades declared, the university has given scandal, but […]


Graduate Like A Champion Today

While degrees were conferred on 2,163 undergraduates, one member of the 2016 class explained in a moving essay why she sat out the university’s 171’st Commencement Ceremony because of her abiding devotion to Notre Dame. In this bulletin, we reproduce from the valuable Internet publication Ethika Politika an absorbing essay, ”Why I Didn’t Attend My Notre Dame Graduation,” by […]


“Grave Moral Reservations” Won’t Stop Us!

Notre Dame offers a transparently infirm defense for again embracing a pro-choice politician while the Center for Ethics & Culture raises the pro-life flag. In this bulletin, we first note the jarring juxtaposition of Father Jenkins’s assertion that some of Vice President Biden’s and Speaker Boehner’s actions raise “grave moral reservations” while handing them the Laetare […]


The Sound of Silence: Cardinal Wuerl, Commencement Absentee

The word ‘choice’ is a smokescreen behind which those killing unborn children take refuge. Every chance you get, blow that smoke away.  (Donald Cardinal Wuerl) Cardinal Wuerl has dispelled any notion that his acceptance of an honorary degree suggests approval of Notre Dame’s award of the Laetare Medal to Vice President Biden and has instead […]


The Little Sisters vs. Notre Dame

On religious liberty, these women have something to teach the Fighting Irish. Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member William McGurn (ND ’80) declares the Little Sisters the winner and counts Notre Dame out in the Obamacare abortifacient/contraception battle. “Even with courts ruling against them and the threat of fines of $70 million a […]

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Bishop Rhoades on Biden, Jenkins and Laetare

“I believe it is wrong for Notre Dame to honor any ‘pro-choice’ public official with the Laetare Medal.” (Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades , Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese) Statement of Bishop Rhoades Monday, March 14, 2016 FORT WAYNE, IN — In response to many inquiries, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, the diocese where […]

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Notre Dame’s Faculty Misadventure Chapter III

It’s no secret that there are divergent views within the Administration (Guest) NOTRE DAME, IN —We close our discussion of the faculty question by reproducing exchange on our website between an anonymous commentator, “Guest,” evidently a member of the faculty, and Bill Dempsey. Guest is well informed and makes perhaps the best argument that can […]


Notre Dame’s Faculty Misadventure Chapter II

“Great Catholic colleges and universities have to be great on their own terms, not by the standards of those who do not understand the rationale, purpose, and mission of Catholic higher education.” (Dr. Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology, Notre Dame.) NOTRE DAME, IN — In our last bulletin we showed that Notre […]


Notre Dame’s Faculty Misadventure Chapter I

“The University should not compromise its academic aspirations in its efforts to maintain its Catholic identity.” (Notre Dame Faculty Senate) NOTRE DAME, IN — Notre Dame has recognized that its character depends ultimately upon who’s teaching and what they teach. It has declared: “The Catholic identity of the University depends upon the continuing presence of […]


What Notre Dame Should Fight For

NOTRE DAME, IN — The Irish Rover’s examination of the history of the Notre Dame “What Would You Fight For” football game TV videos shows that Notre Dame “fights for” good things that everyone else does too, but not for anything that secular schools would not. That is, not for anything that would mark Notre Dame […]


NDCatholic.com Update

NOTRE DAME, IN — We are obliged to inform our subscribers that Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., is no longer associated with the website NDCatholic.com, which we established to house Father’s recommendations of Notre Dame faculty whom students could count on for an authentic Catholic education.  The radical reduction of Catholic presence on the Notre […]


Introducing NDCatholic.com

For a Catholic institution to live up fully to its promise, it must have devoted teachers and scholars who aim to stir in their students a hunger for the truth. (Rev. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.) NOTRE DAME, IN — We are pleased to introduce our readers to NDCatholic.com, a new website in which Rev. Wilson D. […]


Notre Dame’s China Trap

“[It is] ludicrous that Notre Dame should establish a college with China when the Vatican is essentially excluded from China” NOTRE DAME, IN — We report here on Notre Dame’s desire to partner with a Chinese state-owned and controlled university in operating a liberal arts college in China despite China’s appalling and intensifying persecution of […]


The Cost of Conforming

What is wrong is not that [the ND administration] aims too high, it is that it aims far too low.  (Dr. Cyril O’Regan) NOTRE DAME, IN — The permission given by the administration to a faculty committee to consider abridging the theology requirement evidences the weakening of the school’s Catholic identity. A leading Notre Dame […]


Board Developments

We are pleased to announce in this bulletin the election of Bill Dempsey (’52) as Chairman of the Sycamore Trust Board, of Ed Adams (’63) as President, and of Larry Kyte (‘60) as a new Board member, and the appointment of Tim Dempsey (‘89) as Executive Director. We close this bulletin with a summary of […]


ND Scuttles Traditional Marriage Group

NOTRE DAME, IN — In a startling and deeply disappointing action, Notre Dame’s Office of Student Affairs has denied the application of the student organization SCOP (Students for Child Oriented Policy) for recognition. This decision comes in the wake of hundreds of student signatories to the error-riddled and malign anti-SCOP petition that we described in […]

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ND Students Against Gay Marriage Assailed

NOTRE DAME, IN — In the wake of last year’s approval of a gay student organization, another breaker in the gay rights tsunami has hit Notre Dame. A recent move by Notre Dame students to advance the Church’s teaching on gay marriage was promptly countered by strong opposition from gay rights supporters. The students faithful […]

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Promoting Gay Marriage at Notre Dame

  NOTRE DAME, IN — The Gay Film Festival and the lesbian-themed Vagina Monologues are gone for now, but we have just been given a new and even more troubling example of what is likely in store in wake of the university’s approval of a gay student organization. The Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association of […]


A Gay Student Club At Notre Dome?

NOTRE DAME, IN — Notre Dame has in the past resolutely denied repeated petitions by faculty and students for inclusion of “sexual orientation” in its non-discrimination clause and for official recognition of a homosexual/lesbian student club.  It responded to these petitions instead by adopting its praiseworthy “Spirit of Inclusion” declaration of non-discrimination and by providing a host […]


Seperation of Faith and Reason

NOTRE DAME, IN — In our last bulletin we gave you the account of major fault lines in the Catholic identity of the University by two 2012 graduates and Irish Rover principals. In this bulletin we bring you the perspective of a prominent long-time member of the faculty, Professor Alfred Freddoso. In the next bulletin, we will […]



Claire Gillen Cousino at this year’s Sycamore Annual Breakfast at Alumni Weekend. NOTRE DAME, IN — In this bulletin, we bring you the perspective of two knowledgeable 2012 graduates on the Catholic identity of Notre Dame. In the concluding Notes, we turn again to the litigation over the contraception / abortiacient / sterilization mandate. The […]


(Mis)Reading and (Mis)Representation

NOTRE DAME, IN — Over 150 Notre Dame faculty call for Bishop Daniel R. Jenky’s resignation as a Notre Dame Fellow and Trustee upon their doctored version of  a homily by Bishop Jenky in which he criticized President Obama’s incursions on religious liberty. In a letter to Fr. Jenkins and Board Chairman Richard Notebaert, over 150 Notre […]


Back Off, You Monsters!

SOUTH BEND, IN — We are relieved to report that we are not alone in drawing unfriendly fire for calling attention to fault lines in Notre Dame’s Catholic identity. Herewith a somewhat agitated, shall we say, unedited message from a Notre Dame professor to TFP Student Action about its disclosure that a Notre Dame department has listed pro-abortion organizations as […]


Here, Just Don’t Use Them

SOUTH BEND, IN —The Obama administration intends to force Notre Dame and other Catholic schools to become enablers for student fornication.While Father Jenkins nevertheless maintains his silence, a Notre Dame professor speaks up: “The immorality of birth control is no longer a teaching of the Catholic Church.” The contraception mandate for students. In a notice […]


Silence Isn’t Golden

SOUTH BEND, IN — In this bulletin we respond to the criticism of an alumnus and highlight recent developments in the contraception controversy — including the strange silence that has fallen on Notre Dame and Father Jenkins’s bootless talks with the White House. “I resent your right wing political rant. Your monologue is hate- filled […]


Bleep, Country, Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN — In this bulletin we discuss the Obama Administration’s odious regulation requiring employers other than churches, including Notre Dame, to make available to their employees insurance coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception. Under intense pressure from the Catholic bishops and a host of other religious and political parties including Notre Dame, President […]


Hide and Seek

SOUTH BEND, IN — This bulletin is an important preface to a coming bulletin in which we will review comprehensively the weakening of the Catholic presence on the faculty so radical that, as we have shown before, the school no longer meets its own test of Catholic identity. Here, our principal subject is the damaging and […]


Missing The Point

SOUTH BEND, IN — In a recent Irish Rover article, Father Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., professor of history at Notre Dame, former chairman of the department, and president of Notre Dame Faculty for Life, describes why “there is good reason to believe” that the Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, Richard C. Notebaert, “is ill-suited […]


Identity Crisis

SOUTH BEND, IN —In this bulletin we describe, among other happenings, the University’s role in the distribution of pornography to students. First, however, we offer some introductory comments about the disparate messages sent by various of the University’s actions. Notre Dame is beset by an identity crisis, neither truly Catholic nor fully secular. It fails […]


Carter Snead to Lead The Center for Ethics & Culture

SOUTH BEND, IN — We are very pleased to bring to you the news just released by the University that the successor to Dr. David Solomon as Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture will be Professor O. Carter Snead of the Notre Dame Law School. We have had our say about the dark […]


He Thought I Meant What?

SOUTH BEND, IN — In this bulletin we discuss two events: The first is Notre Dame’s protest of the government’s proposed regulation that would require the University to provide contraception and sterilization coverage in its employee health insurance policies. While Notre Dame’s move is laudable, in important respects Fr. Jenkins’s statement is not. The second […]


How Else Can You See It?

SOUTH BEND, IN — In the recent bulletin in which we disclosed the departure from the Notre Dame Board of Trustees of a prominent proponent of embryonic stem cell research (hereafter “ESCR”), Dr. Marye Anne Fox, we said we would examine the University’s record respecting this research in a future bulletin. That is what we […]



David Solomon and Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C at the March for Life in Washington DC. SOUTH BEND, IN — With this bulletin we provide to you “Saving Notre Dame’s Soul,” an extraordinary interview of Father Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C. by Kathyn Lopez of the National Catholic Register. Father Miscamble, a former rector of Moreau Seminary and Chair […]



SOUTH BEND, IN —We are pleased to report that there has been another departure from the Notre Dame Board of Trustees that is even more significant than the recent resignation of Roxanne Martino, a supporter of pro-abortion organizations whose inexplicable appointment and speedy resignation we have chronicled in recent (see Beating Around the Bush, Just […]


Beating Around The Bush

In this bulletin, we describe the misdirection employed by top leaders of the University in their effort to salvage the appointment to the board of  trustees  of a long-time supporter of pro-abortion organizations and what this sorry episode means in the struggle for the soul of the University. SOUTH BEND, IN —While the resignation of […]

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Whats our Story Today?

We have now studied the Agreement that ended the ND88 criminal prosecutions.  Together with the preceding events, it tells an instructive story that we recount in this bulletin. SOUTH BEND, IN — The obvious question is why the University reversed course after two years of supporting the prosecutions. The University seems to suggest that it […]


Just Stop Talking!

Sycamore Trust has discovered that the contributions of Roxanne M. Martino, the new Notre Dame Trustee, to the stridently pro-abortion Emily’s List are even more extensive than previously reported. What’s more, we’ve learned that the Chairman of the Board has assured the other Board members that Ms. Martino didn’t know what she was doing. Will […]


Goliath Strikes Again

At the eleventh hour, the Alumni Association has forced us to change critical arrangements for our June 4th Annual Breakfast at Alumni Reunion Weekend. SOUTH BEND, IN — The Alumni Association has directed the Morris Inn to close down our Annual Breakfast at 9:45 a.m. — almost an hour earlier than the set time of […]


Notre Dame Fellows Elect Pro-Abortion Trustee

Notre Dame Fellows elect a new Trustee who gave thousands to pro-abortion groups, including Emily’s List with its focus on “electing pro-choice Democratic women to office.” The Cardinal Newman Society last week reported the stunning news that the Chicago businesswoman just elected to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, Roxanne M. Martino, has in recent years contributed sizable sums to pro-abortion […]


ND 88 Free At Last

In this special bulletin, we are pleased to report that, after two years, charges have been dropped against the ND 88. Counsel for Notre Dame and for the ND88 announced today a settlement pursuant to which the criminal charges against the ND88 have been dismissed. Under the agreement, the ND88 agreed not to sue the University for […]


Faculty Senate Snubs President

In this bulletin, we lead with an account of a stunning rebuff by the Notre Dame Faculty Senate of Father Jenkins for his participation in the March for Life, further evidence of the radically weakened Catholic presence on the faculty.In a sharp blow at the pro-life cause at Notre Dame, the Faculty Senate recently refused […]


The Teacher, The University and Sycamore

In this bulletin, we mark the recent anniversary of the passing of one of Notre Dame’s greatest teachers, scholars and Catholics, Dr. Ralph McInerny, by recounting his mounting distress over the weakening of the Catholic identity of Notre Dame along with his praise of Sycamore Trust. It is indispensable and illuminating, if painful, to see […]


Becoming Pro-Choice at Notre Dame

In our last bulletin we described the alarming abandonment of pro-life convictions by Notre Dame students, the evidence of  pro-choice faculty sentiment,  and the open dissent from Church teaching by prominent Notre Dame professors. But we promised better news the next time. So here it is: The March for Life   Notre Dame participation in the recent […]


Did I Say Pro-Life?

The most prominent leader of pro-abortion Catholics welcomes statement of high profile Notre Dame ethicist and lawyer that abortion to protect the health or life of the mother and in cases of rape is morally justified and should be legally protected. According to an alarming recent study, a large number of students become pro-choice while at […]


Paying The Price For Non-Violence

Fr. Norman Weslin arrested at Notre Dame A professor, a priest, and counsel denounce as discriminatory and discreditable Notre Dame’s pressing criminal charges against pro-life demonstrators. Notre Dame’s support of the prosecution of the pro-life ND88 demonstrators was a major topic of discussion at last June’s annual breakfast meeting of Sycamore Trust at Notre Dame. […]


Notre Dame, The Pope, and Gays

SOUTH BEND, IN – Notre Dame administration denounces allegedly anti-gay cartoon but yawns at cartoon brutally lampooning the Pope as evidence surfaces of anti-Catholic pro-gay bias in faculty hiring. In a recent bulletin we displayed this vicious caricature of the Pope that was reproduced recently in the University-approved school paper, The Observer: click to enlarge   Our purpose […]


Unfriendly Fire

Bill Kirk (’84, Law ’88) SOUTH BEND, IN – Notre Dame’s abrupt dismissal of a high-ranking, outspoken advocate for life dismays many as a sign of times to come. In a stunning development with ominous implications, the University has dismissed a long-time top officer, Bill Kirk, who was the only member of the Administration to […]


Pro-Gay Campaign at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN – The Student Gay Rights Campaign and Censorship of Church Teaching. In this bulletin we describe a student-led campaign for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the University’s anti-discrimination provision, and we also alert those in the Chicago area to a talk that Bill Dempsey, President of Sycamore Trust, will give at […]


Hidden Agendas?

SOUTH BEND, IN – Notre Dame absolves pro-gay and anti-military trespassers but supports prosecution of pro-life demonstrators; Father Hesburgh accedes to Speaker Pelosi’s request to call key Congressman about health care bill. We have learned that a few years ago the University dropped trespass charges against pro-gay and anti-military demonstrators. This contrasts sharply with the […]


Ralph McInerny, Requiescat in Pace

Dr. Ralph McInerny, an internationally acclaimed scholar who was for 55 years one of Notre Dame’s most beloved and influential teachers, died on Friday, January 29 at age 80. The feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, to whose work Dr. McInerny had devoted so much of his life, had just passed. Dr. McInerny was first […]


Update on the ND 88 & The Gay Rights March

SOUTH BEND, IN – The ND 88 and The Gay Rights March: Rationalizations and Silence. In this bulletin, we ask again that you consider a year-end donation to Sycamore Trust and  we update our reports on two matters, the trespass prosecutions against the Commencement Day demonstrators (the “ND 88”) and the University’s support of student […]


How Pro-Life is Notre Dame?

SOUTH BEND, IN – Notre Dame Greets a New Pro-life Bishop While Father Jenkins Continues to Serve on a Pro-abortion Board. Father Jenkins declared that Notre Dame “engaged with” President Obama because “we care so much” about abortion and embryonic stem cell research. We will from time to time examine the nature and degree of this […]


Gays Marching, Five More Years for Fr. Jenkins

University supports students’ participation in “Gay Rights” March; Father Jenkins is reappointed President; Father McBrien disparages Eucharistic Adoration. On the heels of Father Jenkins’s announcement that he will, for the first time, participate in the Washington, D.C. March for Life came the startling news that the University had approved the payment of expenses of students […]


Notre Dame Washes its Hands

The Notre Dame Board of Trustees holds its Fall meeting on October 16th. We have sent to the Trustees the same analysis of the secularization of the University that we provided the Fellows in August, together with a summary of that analysisand comments on several new events. They include Father Jenkins’s announcement of pro-life initiatives and his washing […]


Tell The Fellows What You Think NOW!

NOTRE DAME, IN – As we have noted before, the Fellows of the University,  the ultimate repositories of authority, are charged by the University’s Statutes with maintaining the Catholic identity of the University. We understand they are to hold a special meeting on August 21st, presumably at least in part because of the Obama episode. An aspect […]

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Bishop D’Arcy on “The Church and the University”

NOTRE DAME, IN – In the current issue of America, Bishop John M. D’Arcy of Fort Wayne/South Bend exposes with eloquence and clarity the triple vices in Notre Dame’s paying tribute to President Obama, while Archbishop Quinn uses the Notre Dame tag line in order to present irrelevant remarks “originally prepared for the June meeting of […]


Notre Dame Commencement

Notre Dame Commencement: As It Should Have Been NOTRE DAME, IN – Thousands scorn the University’s tribute to President Obama and, chosing “truth over prestige,” celebrate with students and Bishop John M. D’Arcy. (This bulletin consists of an account by Bill Dempsey of the events sponsored by the student group ND Response on Graduation Day. Bill and […]

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Notre Dame vs. Church

NOTRE DAME, IN – Notre Dame’s imminent honoring of President Obama triggerS a storm of protest. We have received countless messages and copies of letters to the University that are suffused with anger, sorrow, and indignation. Alumni are turning diplomas to the wall, putting class rings in drawers, ceasing contributions, changing wills, and resolving not […]


Protest ND Obama Tribute

NOTRE DAME, IN – Notre Dame’s prospective honoring of President Obama unleashes a storm of protest. So far thirty-four bishops, including two Cardinals, have joined Bishop D’Arcy in condemning this action. The fissure between University and Church disclosed last year when fifty bishops moved their conference from Notre Dame because of the Vagina Monologues has […]


ND Website Undermines Catholic Teaching

NOTRE DAME, IN – University continues links to faculty group website recommending pro-abortion organizations, urging more lesbian and homosexual faculty, and more. In this post, we return to the subject of a prior report: an organization of prominent women faculty, ND Watch, whose website contains materials flagrantly hostile to the Catholic character of the University and […]


Law professor says Catholic Identity is a question of will

NOTRE DAME, IN – Professor Emeritus Charles Rice describes the erosion of Catholic identity accompanying Notre Dame’s drive for top ranking as a research university. In a recent essay in The Observer, Law School Professor Emeritus Charles Rice examines several troublesome by-products of the University’s drive to be recognized as a top tier research institution. All of […]


ND Board Looks Other Way

NOTRE DAME, IN – Prominent Notre Dame board members advocate for the Vagina Monologues, stem cell research, and commercial pornography. In a recent issue (vol. vi #5), the independent student publication The Irish Rover featured four articles respecting Catholic identity that cover too many subjects for us to discuss in a single newsletter. Accordingly, we will postpone […]


Status Report and Request

NOTRE DAME, IN – A firmly established Sycamore Trust turns attention to building financial support to further its mission. While we have in the past been restrained in requesting contributions because we wanted to see what prospects would be for this new venture, a number of you have generously provided support. We have, therefore, been able […]


Father Jenkins’s “Creative Contextualization”

NOTRE DAME, IN – Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs reflects on the fallout from and issues raised by Fr. Jenkins’s decision to keep The Vagina Monologues on campus. In the cover article of the August/September issue of The Catholic World Report,Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, Dean of the Honors College of Baylor University, provides an exceptionally insightful discussion of The Vagina Monologues episode. He brings to […]


ND Scholar Applauds Sycamore Trust

NOTRE DAME, IN – University scholar calls Sycamore Trust “a model of calm and reasonable yet unrelenting friendly questioning of recent events on the South Bend campus.” In a recent column appearing in the Internet publication The Catholic Thing, one of the most honored Notre Dame scholars, Dr. Ralph McInerny, discusses the University’s Catholic identity and the […]


V-Monologues as Farce

NOTRE DAME, IN – Vagina Monologues audience shuns “dialogue with the Catholic tradition” prescribed by Fr. Jenkins. In our letter of July 10, 2008, to Father Jenkins, we pointed out how this year’s student production of The Vagina Monologues failed to meet his requirement that the students in the audience receive an explanation from panelists of […]


The Pope vs. The Professors

NOTRE DAME, IN – The Pope celebrates Catholic identity; Notre Dame’s Mission Statement requires it; the Notre Dame Faculty Senate sidelines it. “The University should not compromise its academic aspirations in its efforts to maintain its Catholic identity.” Notre Dame Faculty Senate, April 9, 2008 On April 17, 2008, the Pope, in his address to […]


Would ND welcome a Professor Ratzinger on its faculty?

NOTRE DAME, IN – As Notre Dame reflects on its heritage in anticipation of the Pope’s comments on Catholic higher education, could it be that the students are the most Catholic part of the University left. In a Wall Street Journal feature opinion essay titled “The Weekend Interview: Rev. John I. Jenkins, Catholicism, Inc., deputy […]


V-Monologues Despoil Easter Week

NOTRE DAME, IN – Bishop D’Arcy denounces Father Jenkins’s decision to permit the Vagina Monologues Easter week. It is with profound regret that we report that Father Jenkins, having authorized multiple student performances of The Vagina Monologues, has also permitted those performances to take place during Easter Week. They are to be held on each […]


Vagina Monologues 2, Bishops 0

NOTRE DAME, IN – Father Jenkins disappoints again. The Vagina Monologues will, after all, be performed on campus later this month. We recently reported that some 50 bishops had moved their conference off campus because the play might be produced. Father Jenkins has now decided it will be. He says this “best serves the distinctive” […]


Decision Pending as Project Sycamore Petitions Father Jenkins

NOTRE DAME, IN – Project Sycamore sends petition with 940 alumni signatures to Fr. Jenkins. In this bulletin we reproduce the letter we have sent to Father Jenkins respecting The Vagina Monologues, and we also provide additional information respecting both the current state of affairs and the recent episode involving the bishops that was the subject of […]


Bishops Shun Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, IN – Vagina Monologues in, bishops out, parents in the dark. Last year’s respite from on-campus performances of The Vagina Monologues has evidently ended. The play has departmental sponsorship and is slated for performance on March 24-26. In an even more startling development, Father Jenkins has refused the request of the U.S. Bishops’ […]


University Declines to Release Hiring Results

NOTRE DAME, IN – New faculty hiring policy undermines Catholic identity as University declines to release hiring results. We deeply regret bringing you news of a new hiring policy that, unless changed, will soon fatally compromise Notre Dame’s Catholic identity. Here are the facts: As we have stressed, all studies confirm that a university’s religious […]


Who Cares if Non-Catholics Predominate on Notre Dame’s Faculty?

We bring you a trilogy of articles that should be required reading for all members of the Notre Dame family. In these articles, two of the University’s leading scholars exchange contrasting views respecting the question whether Notre Dame’s Catholic identity is threatened because of the precipitous decline in the proportion of Catholics on the faculty. […]


Faculty Site Promotes Material Hostile Catholic Character

NOTRE DAME, IN – Faculty group website recommends pro-abortion organizations, urges more lesbian and homosexual faculty, and provides other noteworthy insights. An organization of women faculty at Notre Dame called ND Watch has a website that, while providing useful information for new women faculty members, also contains material hostile to the Catholic character of the University. We […]


Must Read Article by Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.

NOTRE DAME, IN – Prominent Notre Dame professor publishes “must read” article on University’s secularization. In the September 10, 2007, issue of “America,” Father Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., describes in compelling detail the extent to which the Notre Dame faculty has been secularized. “America” deserves praise for publishing, and Father Miscamble for writing, this courageous […]


The Heart of the Matter – The Means to the End

NOTRE DAME, IN – Should those in governance ensure that the faculty’s latitude in hiring will not trump the Mission Statement? How can the Mission Statement’s requirement be met? Although the President holds ultimate authority, as a practical matter hiring has been left almost entirely to departmental faculties. Father Jenkins has been stressing the need […]


The Heart of the Matter – Soothing Melodies, Happy Memories

NOTRE DAME, IN – If the risk to Notre Dame’s Catholic identity is so evident, why don’t more seem concerned? Here’s an interesting question for discussion. We’ve heard from some who think the number one goal for Notre Dame should be still further improvement in its academic reputation in secular academe. If that means continued […]


The Heart of the Matter – Rank Over Religion

NOTRE DAME, IN – What’s more important, Catholic identity or pride of position in the U.S. News & World Report hierarchy? Some, perhaps many, will argue that it’s more important to pursue scholars with the most impressive academic credentials than it is to maintain a Catholic majority on the faculty. They regard Father Jenkins’s goal of boosting […]


The Heart of the Matter

NOTRE DAME, IN – While manifestations of Catholic life at Notre Dame are abundant, is there a potentially fatal fault line that has opened out of public view? Let’s begin this discussion with the threshold question whether there is a serious threat to the Catholic identity of Notre Dame. I say there is. The School’s Mission […]


Vagina Monologues Off Campus This Year

NEWS ALERT – VAGINA MONOLOGUES OFF CAMPUS THIS YEAR, BACK IN 2008 We are pleased to report that, because no Academic Department was willing to sponsor “The Vagina Monologues” this year, the organizers are now planning to move the production off campus. However, according to the account in The Observer, the play’s spokesperson said that the […]


Preparations Begin for 6th Production of the Vagina Monologues

NOTRE DAME, IN – PREPARATIONS BEGIN FOR 6th PRODUCTION OF THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES In its recent issue, the student publication The Irish Rover confirmed other reports that a student group has begun preparations for another staging of “The Vagina Monologues.” As we note on the Project Sycamore website, Father Jenkins has stated that, if this issue arises again, […]


The Challenge to Notre Dame’s Catholic Identity

NOTRE DAME, IN – THE CHALLENGE TO NOTRE DAME’S CATHOLIC IDENTITY Dear alumni and other members of the Notre Dame family: We have sent to a number of other alumni a message explaining the purposes of Project Sycamore that we urge you to examine. In it we summarize, and provide links to, significant information that […]


Faculty Hiring Trends Hard to Reverse

Faculty Hiring Trends Hard to Reverse To supporters of, and those interested in, Project Sycamore: We are encouraged by the response so far to our limited initial communication. We want to thank those who have signed the petition, those who have written with encouragement and criticisms, and those who have contributed. We soon intend to […]