Annual Breakfast Live

Annual Breakfast 2018 – Live (8 AM EDT)

@SycamoreTrust is live at #NDReunion 2018 discussing current challenges to #NotreDame's Catholic identity with Rev. Wilson Miscamble, Sara Drumm, '18, Kevin Angell, '20, and Bill Dempsey, '52. Check them on at Click To Tweet

Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.
Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.

Bill Dempsey
Bill Dempsey

Sarah Drumm

Kevin Angell

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22 Responses to “Annual Breakfast Live”

  1. Mary Ann Falkenberg June 2, 2018 at 8:59 am


  2. Thank you Bill and Company. I was feed so well — I call it food for the soul. Penny

  3. Jack McGowan '66 June 2, 2018 at 8:57 am

    As usual great meeting!
    Aye on both measures!!

  4. Please get to some of these online questions. Thanks, Mike!

  5. Congratulations Kevin. More students like you are needed too! Stay faithful!

  6. Congratulations Sarah! Notre Dame needs more students like you. Our Lady is smiling upon you.

  7. That “Course Correction” at the Macro level, will only happen at the CSC and within the Trustees & Fellows, Deans & President’s Council. This is a war, we need to plan & act as such. For Notre Dame du lac

  8. Wonderful to hear your analysis, Fr. Bill. It’s an honor to know you.

  9. Can Dr. John Affleck-Graves be prosecuted for Perjury for his gross misrepresentations to the court?

    • Bill Dempsey, President Sycamor Trust June 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      I don’t know the law respecting false affidavits filed in lawsuits, it is not at all clear that Dr. Affleck-Graves knowingly filed a false affidavit. One would have to know whether he concurred in Fr Jenkins’s decision to include contraceptives in ND’s insurance programs, to begin with. He correctly stated ND’s policy as it had existed for decades. The question is what Fr Jenkins’s view of ND ‘s policy was. He established policy. He did not sign the affidavit, but surely he knew what Dr. Affleck-Graves said. He had previously approved ND’s compliance with the mandate, so in October 2013 he didn’t believe that this violated ND’s religious commitment. Why did he change his mind two months later? There is a good deal more to be said, but it all relates to Fr Jenkins, not Affleck-Graves.

  10. What is the update on the Rule 11 motion?

    • Bill Dempsey, President Sycamor Trust June 6, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      The petition will go to the board and Fellows very soon and their action or inaction over several weeks will determine whether and when a Rule 11 suggestion will be filed.

  11. Why doesn’t Bishop Kevin Rhoades act Canon 810.2 which grants him the specific right and duty to ensure that Catholic universities within his diocese are holding true to the principles of the Catholic faith? I know he has issued a “strong objection,” but this is really not strong enough. Action must be taken to bring Fr. Jenkins into obedience.

    • Bill Dempsey, President Sycamor Trust June 6, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      I stand to be corrected, but my understanding is that this and related Canon Law provisions apply to schools under juridical control of an ecclesiastical authority, not one like ND under lay control. I don’t see how this Canon Law provision and related ones could be enforced at ND or any other major university except Catholic University. Bishop Rhoades authority, I believe, is limited to removing ND from the directory of Catholic colleges and universities and lifting Fr Jenkins’s faculties. A case could be made for and against either. It is a matter of judgment, and Bishop Rhoades is a fine bishop who understands the situation.

  12. The only way to change the tide will be to have our own counter insurgency and have orthodox Catholics placed in positions of power – on the Fellows & Trustees boards, be appointed as Deans, and serve on the President’s council. Until that time comes, the toothpaste is out of the tube and they will run roughshod over us.

    • Bill Dempsey, President Sycamor Trust June 6, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      That is quite true. It is, I think, the meaning of the word “predominant” in the Mission Statement requirement of a predominant number of Catholics on the faculty and what Fr. Malloy, the author, had in mind when he said that the requirement means “more than a mere majority. Actually, the situation respecting deans and chairs is not at all bad overall. With a different president it could work pretty well. We are not close enough to the laypersons on the board and among the Fellows to have an informed judgment. Numerically, Catholics dominate probably more than at most other Catholic universities, but without being privy to their deliberations it’s had to judge. Again, given the deference to the President from Fr Hesburgh’s time, that is the crucial position.

  13. It won’t have much effect, but why not file a canonical suit against ND like Bill Blatty did at Georgetown? The Vatican may do nothing, but the publicity it can generate awareness & those in bliss will be awakened as to what’s happening.

    • Bill Dempsey, President Sycamor Trust June 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      We watched the Blatty petition carefully, and its sputtering out is the reason we have not followed suit. Beatty et al. had a much stronger case that we could mount, and we consider that a Vatican rejection would weaken our position.

  14. Appears the CSC Order is headed the way of the Jesuits, which is a bad thing. Their misguided influence plays a big role on the students and as such, more orthodox brothers and priests need to be formed. What are your plans to make that happen?

    • Bill Dempsey, President Sycamor Trust June 6, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Mike, as I said during the breakfast, I quite agree that the CSCs who have led ND in recent decades are primarily responsible for the erosion of its Catholic identity. There are some fine younger CSCs. but they are not yet in the bracket of likely picks for leadership roles. (At least ND has not become secularized as rapidly or fully as the Jesuit schools, at least the major ones.) Unfortunately, Sycamore Trust has no way to influence this aspect of the problem. Except what we should all do, pray.

  15. George Heidkamp June 2, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Could not connect with the link you sent via email. Connected on the Sycamore Website

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