Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, and “Questioning” Alumni Given Their Own Official Notre Dame Alumni Group


.@NotreDame continues its rapid ethical and cultural shift with @NDAA's establishment of an LGBTQ alumni "affinity group.” #GoCatholicND Click To Tweet

We opened our last bulletin by observing that, ever since Father Jenkins scuttled long-standing University policy in 2012 by approving a student LGBTQ club, the risk has been that the aim of treating homosexuals with “respect, compassion and sensitivity,” as the Church enjoins, would morph into acceptance of same-sex marriage and homosexual sex, “acts of grave depravity,” as the Church teaches. 

We followed with a description of how that risk had been realized by the administration’s embrace of Pride Month and related actions. 

In this bulletin, we continue our analysis of this rapid ethical and cultural shift at Notre Dame with an account of the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s establishment of an LGBTQ alumni “affinity group.”

The Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s (GALA) wins its campaign for official recognition.

On June 25, the Notre Dame Alumni Association (NDAA) announced the forthcoming January 2022 establishment of “the Alumni Rainbow Community of Notre Dame (ARC ND), a group dedicated to bringing together its LGBTQ alumni and allies.”

The key to appreciating the significance of this action lies in recognizing that it marks the triumph of the Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s (GALA) in its long quest for official recognition. 

When GALA’s application for recognition was denied a couple of years ago, we assumed the reason was GALA’s promotion of same-sex marriage. But it turns out this action simply cleared the deck for continued discussion between GALA and NDAA about recognition.

What has emerged is ARC, which, the NDAA announcement makes clear, will simply be GALA under a different name. ARC is “to replace GALA” under a plan formulated after “many months collaborating with the GALA-ND/SMC organization.“ And the current chair of GALA, Paul Burke (’98), will be the “inaugural chair” of ARC. 

As GALA announced to its members: 

We have a new organization to build, ARC ND.

ARC/GALA Leadership – Same Sex Marriage

The designation of Paul Burke, the chair of GALA, as the chair of the new organization is a sign that ARC will continue GALA’s promotion of same sex marriage and that NDAA knows it. Mr. Burke, according to the ND alumni directory, is married to Kevin O’Callaghan. They are pictured together here on Mr. Burke’s Facebook page over the caption “We are ND.”

He has a good deal of company among GALA leaders. The spouse of John McDonald O’Lear, Vice Chairman-Membership, is Joel Sundstrom; the spouse of Mike Gorman, GALA’s Secretary, is James Fay; the spouse of GALA trustee Jack Bergen is David Fontaine; the spouse of trustee Tom O’Brien is Greg O’Neil; and trustee Liam Dacey, a GALA past president, works for Lambda Legal, an organization dedicated to the full range of LGBTQ legal demands and to overriding religious conscience objections. (Mr. Lacey was founder of The Queer Film Festival at Notre Dame.) 

GALA’s History of Hostility to Church Teachings

We have described in detail the multiple actions that have evidenced GALA’s opposition to Church teaching in our previous bulletins, The Camel, The Tent, and The NosePromoting Gay Marriage at Notre Dame, and Mayor Pete at ND — “Friends in High Places.” In brief (and partial) summary (with links to sources in the prior bulletins):

  • GALA brought to campus the late openly gay Episcopal bishop Eugene Robinson for a session with students. Robinson, who divorced his wife to marry his male companion (whom he subsequently divorced), was a leading advocate of the compatibility of same-sex marriage and Christianity. 
  • GALA sent ND students to the leadership program of Camp Pride, “the premier national training ground for LGBT youth activism” on LGBT agenda issues including “marriage equality.” The students are taught “successful campus organizing practices” to advance the LGBT program.
  • The GALA Winter 2015 newsletter celebrated the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision and criticized the Vatican Family Synod’s reaffirmation of the Church’s doctrine respecting the immorality of homosexual sex and its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Finally, if there were any doubt about GALA’s antipathy to Church teaching, it would be erased by its selection of recipients for its Thomas Dooley Awards, which are conferred each year at GALA’s annual banquet.

As we have reported, those awardees have included expelled and disciplined priests and nuns as well as co-habiting and married lesbians and homosexuals. For example, in addition to Bishop Robinson, GALA has honored:

  • Virginia Apuzzo, a former nun who married her lesbian partner after leaving the convent and became one of the nation’s most prominent lesbian political activists in education and government.
  • Sister Jeannine Grammick, a same-sex marriage advocate whom the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “permanently prohibited from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons” because her statements about homosexual sex, continued despite repeated warnings, “do not faithfully convey the clear and constant teaching of the Catholic Church” and have “caused confusion” and “harmed the community of the Church.” 
  • John J. McNeil, who was expelled from the Society of Jesus after refusing to obey a Vatican order to cease writing in opposition to Church teaching on homosexual sex. When as a priest he “came out” publicly in 1976 he claimed to be celibate, but in fact he had been living with his gay partner for eleven years. 
  • Most recently, Pete Buttigieg, who, with his “husband” Chasten, has become one of the nation’s foremost advertisements for the normalization of same-sex marriage in his rise from Mayor of South Bend to Secretary of Transportation in the Biden administration.
Print Edition of The Observer for Monday, April 1, 2019 


Plainly, ARC will be run and peopled by homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender alumni opposed to Church teaching on marriage, sex and gender who will work to undermine those teachings in the Notre Dame community. What gay alumnus/ae faithful to Church teaching would want to join them? And, as an official Notre Dame organization, ARC’s communications weaponry and access to students and alumni will be vastly greater than was GALA’s. 

One predictable result will be the embrace of Pride Month by alumni clubs from coast to coast. With the University’s example this year and the pressure from ARC next year, who will be able to resist?

It is deeply troubling to think that the responsible administrators in the NDAA and the university knew all of this perfectly well, as they almost surely did. 


Gender Studies Poster

The photo of this Gender Studies poster was taken in O’Shaughnessy Hall on July 27. It invites students not only to “Study Gender” but to “Do Anything,” with the angle of inquiry and the “anything” to be done illumined by the poster’s litany of trigger words, e.g., “transgender,” “bisexual,” “repression,” “virgin,” “homophobic,” “heteronormative,” “masculinity.”

The Blessed Virgin as “God’s Warrior Queen”

For confidence in praying to Mary for Notre Dame, watch Bishop Robert Baron’s “God’s Warrior Queen” homily on Sunday’s Feast of the Assumption.

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43 Responses to “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, and “Questioning” Alumni Given Their Own Official Notre Dame Alumni Group”

  1. Steve Martinek '71, '74 (earlier times and values) August 23, 2021 at 4:56 am

    Thank You, Barbara. Especially in today’s modernity, the intellectual elites, the scientists, the journalists, the politicians–all are become as the false prophets and charlatans of antiquity. They strive no longer for Truth or wisdom–merely acceptance, adulation, power, influence and then the coerced consensus of the Masses (double meaning intended). Despite the admonitions of Christ, I cannot bring myself to “love” them in their errors and sin and evil; yet, I strive to respect them as pilgrims on errant pathways. I pray for their reversion or conversion to Faith and Truth. It is what I can contribute. Steve

  2. Barbara McNamara August 22, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Your points are well taken, Steve, and you have been a gentleman throughout, which is more than I can say about your adversaries. Mr. or Ms. “Scientists don’t care about politics “ responded to you in a crude and vulgar way and then didn’t have the guts to sign their real name. This ‘Comments & Questions’ section has been shut down for less, yet astonishingly, this is tolerated.

  3. Steve Martinek '71, '74 (earlier times and values) August 22, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Well, yes actually I do love it from both sides. For all our disagreements, and a fair bit of snark on both sides, Some of You “are ND” and many of us “were ND.” There is a kinship under the mantle and blessings of Our Lady, Notre Dame. While I strongly disagree with many/most/all of your views, I still respect You for caring, for holding strong views, and for being willing to defend them in a forum rather hostile to such views. My efforts to respond to your passion, angst and fear is making me a better Catholic–though still a continuing repentant sinner. If I could not feel righteous in my views, or if I could not summon piety in defense of historic values of morality and propriety, I would disappoint the “man in the mirror” and my ancestors.

  4. Don’t you just love the self-righteous, sanctimonious piety on display here on this site!

  5. Steve Martinek '71, '74 (earlier times and values) August 22, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Prayers answered…My “blind spot” is my failure to recognize and fully appreciate the driving fears of the Left. They have a palpable, visceral mortal fear that they are correct in all their views–and a nagging, deep, internal immortal fear that they are wrong. Beyond posters here, this extends to Father Jenkins, Biden, and Bregolio as well. They are all so much “of this world” that they cannot escape the fears inspired by the great deceiver. Surely they are all “more to be pitied than scorned.”

  6. Steve Martinek '71, '74 (earlier times and values) August 22, 2021 at 6:16 am

    My fervent, humble, sincere prayers during Mass this morning…”Holy Spirit, and Jesus, I pray with the certain intercession of Our Lady, Notre Dame, to You her spouse and child for all who have posted on this thread, the woke and the un-woke, even (perhaps especially) for those unable to articulate or advocate a position without dishonoring themselves with harsh profanity. I pray for miracles, for epiphanies, for discernment, and for exorcism of evil. Show me any blind spots in my heart–and do the same for others. Amen.”

  7. Steve Martinek '71, '74 (earlier times and values) August 21, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    The unprecedented, unprovoked, unjustified attack of 9/11/01 seems (to me) to have knocked the “tumblers of the universe” awry. Today, 2 decades later, “Normal” has become an arcane concept (or a railway stop in Illinois). For the first half-century of my life, we possessed, exercised, and cherished shared values (even if imperfectly). As a culture and a people we had a sense of perspective and propriety. This is no longer the case. Ours was not a population of racists, dolts or idiots, as revisionists now seek to spin it. We knew there were various categories of minorities in creed, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation or preference or attraction–and we did not have a phobia about them, we did not fear “them” and we did not hate or oppress them. Although, candidly, many of “us” (including many now of the “woke” Left) were generally fine with the concepts of “separate but equal” or “don’t ask, don’t tell.” One more tragic reality, in my observation, is that our education system (public, private, and parochial) has, for at least 3 decades so propagandized virtually all of the coming generations, murping them up with PC concepts and irrational fear of giving offense, and now with fear and panic about covid and global warming, that the victory and ascendance of those on the Left is virtually assured by the simple process of death and attrition of those of right values and thoughts–and conscience. Yes, my generation really “screwed the pooch” while such an act was still deemed irresponsible and immoral. My prayer/curse to those on the Left is that they may enjoy the harvest of all they have sown. Steve

    • Scientists don't care about politics August 21, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      If you don’t believe climate change is a real and imminent danger, you are too backwards to even associate with ND. Posit your catholic social activism questions all day but ND is an institute for higher education and the science says without a fucking shadow of a doubt that human-caused climate change is a thing and that it has and will continue to have ever worse effects on the planet. I hope to God that you don’t have children of grandchildren because you are actively willing to fuck over their hopes for prosperity and stability just to avoid the terrible idea of listening to “woke scientists” or whatever your fear is. Go back to the middle ages where all sickness was God’s spite for sin and natural disasters were holy plagues aimed at the unworthy.

  8. The disingenuous comment is about “sexual preference.” No, it is sexual orientation, “Same-sex attraction,” which is a term for the anti-LGBT gang.. No one labels straight as “opposite-sex attraction.” Furthermore, it is slander to suggest and charge that LGBTs are “uncontrolled” In our self-identity. Obviously, the man who made the comment does not really know any real, live LGBT people, let alone LBGT Domers. Whether he likes it are not we are in the Notre Dame family, increasingly visible, with spouses and families and our children. ARC is indeed an affinity group for LGBT Domers based on our identity, not some reductionist view of us as sexual doings. We are human beings, not human doings. And the term gay is a matter of pride, not the shame he wishes to heap on us. It is tragic that in this day and age anyone clings to such false and misinformed views of humanity.

  9. ND is free to support any sort of perversion it wishes as we all have free will and can choose our final destination as we wish. However, it would also be most appropriate for the Church to cease supplying and /or the approval of clergy and religious to the institution that is clearly in opposition to its teachings. Not to do so is manifestly in contradiction to the mission and purpose of the Church and actively aids and support evil.

  10. Steve Martinek '71, '74 (earlier times and values) August 20, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    One disingenuous comment claims ARC is not about sexual activity, merely “a group based upon self-identity.” Quite tragically, that claim is profoundly sad in its partial validity. Today, in woke modernity, those with uncontrolled same sex attraction accept, assume, and laud the term and concept “gay” as an apriori descriptor and definitive expression of their own true identity. Why do we suppose that is? “Protesteth too much”–much? It occurs to me that Jenkins would likley not bless a White Hetero-Male student organization as he would say the terms in the name would be triggering hate speech–though I could argue it is merely a group based upon self-identity. Of course, the fundamental distinction is that those who might be recruited for such a club would disdain membership as they would rightly point out their identity is not properly or fully described or defined by their color, gender, or sexual preference.

  11. Barbara McNamara August 20, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you, Elizabeth and N.D., for sharing the thoughts of both Fr. Roger Landry and Rabbi Gilles Bernheim of France. The way of Life that they are trying to share with anyone willing to listen, understand, and heed, is indeed a walk down “the narrow way.” Christ, Himself, tells us to “Enter by the narrow gate…” as it is the Way of true Love, true Beauty, and the ultimate Truth. Of course, no one is forced to choose this Way. Other commenters used examples of “non-chastity among heterosexual Domers,” “divorced faculty,” “Inclusiveness,” and even calling this newsletter a “screed,” as reasons to silence legitimate criticism of Jenkins and his latest betrayal of Catholic moral teaching. They are simply mistaken. To use these arguments, however, is easy as it doesn’t require deep thought. It is the knee-jerk response of people who have thoroughly absorbed the spiritually and physically destructive Zeitgeist of our time.

  12. Steve Martinek misses the point entirely. ARC is group based on self-identity, not sexual activity. Again, there is plenty of non-chastity among the heterosexual Domers for Steve and the Trust to keep them busy until the end of time.

    • To identify oneself or someone else according to sexual attraction/inclination/orientation, which sexually objectifies the human person, and denies our inherent Dignity as beloved sons and daughters, is in and of itself, demeaning.

      There is order in Love, as there is order in Truth.
      Every element of love will serve to complement and thus enhance, the fullness of Love, just as every element of truth will serve to complement and thus enhance the fullness of Truth
      Caritas In Veritate; Veritas In Caritate.

      Love, which is always rightly ordered to the inherent personal and relational Dignity of the persons existing in a relationship of Love, is devoid of every form of lust.

      One cannot remain in communion with Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic, And Apostolic Church, if one denies the Sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception, and/or the Sanctity of the marital act within The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

      Who is one serving when they desire to deny The Divinity Of The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, The Author Of Love, Of Life, And Of Marriage, Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost?

  13. Regardless of the actors or the actor’s desire’s, the desire to engage in a demeaning act of any nature, does not change the nature of the act. Thus we can know through both our Catholic Faith and reason, that identifying persons according to sexual desire/inclination/orientation, which sexually objectifies the human person in direct violation of God’s Commandment regarding lust and the sin of adultery, can never justify the engaging in or affirmation of demeaning sexual acts that deny the Sanctity of the marital act within The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
    In comparing and contrasting the following statements, it should be come clear to all who travel here, that we are indeed facing, as Pope John Paul II warned, The Final Confrontation between The Church and the anti church. How long this will last, only God knows, but until then- Be not afraid to “Shake down the thunder”, for in the end, Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart Will Triumph

    Statement 1:

    “The Chief Rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, has shown in a very detailed and profoundly moving study that the attack we are currently experiencing on the true structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper. While up to now we regarded a false understanding of the nature of human freedom as one cause of the crisis of the family, it is now becoming clear that the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question. He quotes the famous saying of Simone de Beauvoir: “one is not born a woman, one becomes so” (on ne naît pas femme, on le devient). These words lay the foundation for what is put forward today under the term “gender” as a new philosophy of sexuality. According to this philosophy, sex is no longer a given element of nature, that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society. The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious. People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves. According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. This duality is an essential aspect of what being human is all about, as ordained by God. This very duality as something previously given is what is now disputed. The words of the creation account: “male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27) no longer apply. No, what applies now is this: it was not God who created them male and female – hitherto society did this, now we decide for ourselves. Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist. Man calls his nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will. The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to be. Man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human are disputed. But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation. Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him. Bernheim shows that now, perforce, from being a subject of rights, the child has become an object to which people have a right and which they have a right to obtain. When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being. The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man.” – Pope Benedict Christmas Address, December 21, 2012

    Statement 2:
    In regards to same-sex sexual unions:

    “If there is a union of a private nature, there is neither a third party, nor is society affected.” Jorge Bergoglio, prior to his election as pope, denying the Sanctity of the marital act within The Sacrament Of Holy Matrimony, while denying that sin done in private is sin, and thus denying The Unity Of The Holy Ghost (Filioque), and the fact that “It is not possible to have Sacramental Communion without Ecclesial Communion”, due to The Unity Of The Holy Ghost.

    Statement 3:

    From The Catechism Of The Catholic Church:
    “1849 Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as “an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law.”121
    1850 Sin is an offense against God: “Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight.”122 Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become “like gods,”123 knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus “love of oneself even to contempt of God.”124 In this proud self- exaltation, sin is diametrically opposed to the obedience of Jesus, which achieves our salvation.125
    1851 It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people, Pilate’s cowardice and the cruelty of the soldiers, Judas’ betrayal – so bitter to Jesus, Peter’s denial and the disciples’ flight. However, at the very hour of darkness, the hour of the prince of this world,126 the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly.”
    It is a sin to accomodate an occasion of sin, and thus cooperate with evils .”

    Statement 4:

    Christ Has Revealed, Through His Life, His Passion, And His Death On The Cross That No Greater Love Is There Than This, To Desire Salvation For One’s Beloved.

    “A New Commandment I give you: Love one another as I Have Loved you, so you must Love one another.” – Jesus The Christ, The Word Of Perfect Life-affirming and Life-sustaining Love Made Flesh.

    When you see bishop v. Bishop, cardinal v. Cardinal, and now pope v. every other validly elected Pope, no doubt, one need not be a prophet to recognize this is a sign that the “progressives” are attempting to overturn every dimension of Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, by denying that God, The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, Is The Author Of Love, Of Life, And Of Marriage.

    “For the Holy Spirit was not promised to the successors of Peter that by His revelation they might make known new doctrine, but that by His assistance they might inviolably keep and faithfully expound the Revelation, the Deposit of Faith, delivered through the Apostles. ”

    “It is not possible to have Sacramental Communion without Ecclesial Communion”, due to The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, (Filioque), “For It Is Through Christ, With Christ, And In Christ, In The Unity Of The Holy Ghost”, that Holy Mother Church exists.

    It is Our Blessed Mother Mary, who through her fiat, affirmed The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, not “mother earth.”
    And yet, a multitude of Baptized Catholics remained silent when pachamama was placed in The Holy Place, celebrating the atheist materialist over population alarmist globalist, who deny The Christ and thus Divine Law.

    Dear Blessed Mother, Mary, Mirror Of Justice, Destroyer Of All Heresy, Who Through Your Fiat, Affirmed The Filioque, And Thus The Fact That There Is Only One Begotten Son Of God, One Word Of God Made Flesh, One Lamb Of God Who Can Take Away The Sins Of This World, Our Only Savior, Jesus The Christ, Thus There Can Only Be One Spirit Of Perfect Complementary Love Between The Father And His Only Begotten Son, Who Must Proceed From Both The Father And His Son, In The Ordered Communion Of Perfect Complementary Love, The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, Please Intercede for us.

    • You don’t understand the “gender ideology” because there are almost no people that support trans people that say that a transwoman is genetically identical to a ciswoman. They differ just like women from different countries can vary drastically in how their physical attributes develop. But the important thing is that they all interact within society as a woman – the same way people have always determined who was a woman or not. Its not like your eyes can scan a strangers chromosomes the first time you meet them, nor are you often privy to their current or previous genitals. Most of the characteristics that we even associate with distinguishing men and women are entirely a cultural thing anyway. What about being born a woman makes you have longer hair or allow you to wear dresses according to nature? What about being born a man makes you less capable of caring for a baby beyond breast feeding?

      Modern science has given people the ability to do corrective surgery to address issues that they have with their secondary sex characteristics and these surgeries and hormones have been shown statistically to have benefit the well being of those trans people overwhelmingly. If God was really against it, would He have made it so these people feel more at peace with their body and nature and less likely to commit the sin of suicide? And before you make the argument that God makes us all the way He perfectly wanted when we were born and we shouldn’t change that, I have a question with why you don’t have issues with the following. We created contacts and glasses for those with poor sight to improve their ability to interact with society, we make prosthetics for people who lose or are born without limbs, we remove cancerous tumors before they can kill the person, and we have destroyed the natural restrictions of night and day with artificial light to allow us to do things without the light of sun. What makes all of those modifications of God’s original Earth and nature acceptable while improving the life of a trans person unconscionable?

  14. Steve Martinek '71, '74 (earlier times and values) August 20, 2021 at 5:38 am

    In response to two most recent earlier posts, I humbly offer these thoughts. Certainly there are other evils and sins in the world and on campus. Sodomy is not unique, though it is uniquely perverse or deviant. Yet, none have sought, and Notre Dame has not permitted or “blessed” clubs, programs, or movements to honor and show any perverse pride in the other sins mentioned in these two comments. There is no “false-flag fellowship” movement for fornicators or masturbators or alcoholics at Notre Dame (or elsewhere). Such non-deviant sinners do not seem to seek or need institutional validation of their sinful ways and deeds. Why do the sodomites feel impelled to “fly the flag in the face of others?” Why can they not sin quietly and confess and seek absolution? So, I would agree there is hypocrisy at play in these matters…Steve

    • Steve, I am sorry to say this but you are wrong. First of all there are a bunch of non-Catholic religious clubs supported officially by ND. That is not to mention there is a fashion club and we know that polyester and other mixed cloths are banned by the bible. Almost every club also has probably participated in an event or tailgate that had cheeseburgers which is against the teachings of the bible for mixing meat and dairy. And our beloved football team is in violation of the ban on touching pig skin (historically at least).

      And while there are no clubs dedicated to it, cutting the hair on the side of your head or the edges of your beard is condemned and so is allowing anyone is born with testicles to ever enter a church again – be it from cancer, an accident, or because they are transgender and had surgery to remove them. Every one of these sins is worthy of being burned or stoned to death according to the teachings of the bible and yet we realize these don’t make any sense in our modern world. And many other things that you probably would condemn, such as taking Acid or smoking marijuana, are entirely fair game under the teachings of the bible. Ultimately, you don’t advocate for strictly following the bible and instead just want to ND to follow your personal beliefs.

      This is not to mention that there are a growing number of bible historians that would disagree with your interpretations on the sexual teachings of the bible when interpreting it in the original languages and without the bias of mid century english translations. For example the commonly quoted verse that is “against homosexuality” is actually against the pedophilic predation of young boys by adult men and don’t have intend to restrict anything about consenting adults. And it is clear given how many altar boys have been sexual abused by priests that the Church doesn’t really care too much about condemning and punishing that act anyway. These bible scholars are even saying that premarital sex wasn’t even condemned in the way that the church claims today. But since women were often sold or seen as property to men, and virgin women were worth more, extra-marital sex was seen almost as theft of another mans property. These interpretations are based on the original languages and how the culture was when these books were written so it is extraordinarily clear that interpretations change over time with different translations and cultures that are reading them.

  15. Perhaps Notre Dame is sliding into “relevance” rather than “Irrelevance.” As our understanding of human psychology and sexuality has expanded (immensely so over the last century), so too must our interpretations of sacred scripture. Whether they are ultimately right or wrong, they deserve credit for their courage to explore the issues involved.

  16. Good for ND to be inclusive & not discriminate. Now, your publication needs to go after the unmarried heterosexual students having sex before marriage, the divorced faculty, etc. Or else this screed you write will look to be hypocritical & disingenuous.

  17. LGBT alumni and students should be able to identify under the Golden Dome. Notre Dame did the right thing in finally — after two decades of advocacy — in setting up ARC. The Sycamore Trust has more than its share of non-chastity to monitor under the Dome with the masturbating Domers, the non-chastity of the football team and their sexual misconduct, and then the CSC order where some clergy abused vulnerable students under the Dome. And or course the divorced, not annulled, remarried and having sex Domers. That ought to keep the Trust busy until the end of time.

  18. Notre University!!! That Disgustingly says it all.

  19. It is not “hateful” to expect Notre Dame to “teach”, both in the classroom and through its example on the world stage, in accordance with the official Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    There is a wonderful opinion/commentary piece in a recent edition of The National Catholic Register entitled, “St. Joseph’s Lesson: You Can’t Love Like Christ Unless You are Chaste Like Christ.” All of us – single people, people in religious life, same-sex attracted people, married people – are called to chastity, whether it be “Continence” or “Abstinence”.

    As Fr. Roger Landry of the Diocese of Fall River says in the article: “We’re living at a time in which probably no part of Catholic faith and life is as caricatured, contradicted, criticized, condemned, calumniated and contravened as Catholic teaching about chastity. Many outside the Church, and even some inside, look at the Church’s teaching as something as outdated as Victorian clothing, as the path to repression rather than love, as training ground for prudes not saints.

    The sexual revolutionaries who trumpet the right to sex with whomever we want, whenever we want, wherever we want and however we want, the culture that has contributed to the epidemic of broken hearts, marriages and families, sexually transmitted diseases, sex crimes and abuse, human trafficking, prostitution and pornography, sexual addictions, teenage pregnancies and abortions, claims that chastity is against our biology, by shackling a natural urge; it’s against our rational nature, by restraining our freedom; it’s part of the “Bad News” instead of Good…
    In the midst of this widespread misunderstanding and mockery of the Church’s teachings on human sexuality, not to mention the mounting misery that has come from its rejection, there is added urgency for the Church to help Catholics and non-Catholics alike to recapture, treasure and protect the truth and beauty of chaste human love. The Year of Saint Joseph is a special time during which all the faithful can better learn, and to learn to live, the call of God with regard to chastity…”

    Fr. Jenkins and others in the administration and on the faculty should reflect on the above and what is being taught to our young people. For those who feel they cannot live in accordance with church teaching, they may exercise their free will and go elsewhere rather than try to force Notre Dame to change to suit them.

  20. Steve Martinek '71, '74 (earlier times and values) August 19, 2021 at 6:05 am

    Impelled to respond to recent posts especially George and Emma and Mike Boyle. Sycamore Trust, and this thread, are not “hateful.” I am confident that those who are same-sex attracted (tragically “baptized” by secularists, ironically, as “gay”) and those who empower, enable, and extol them (including Jenkins, and the Left) imagine themselves motivated and driven and guided by the noblest of goals. I am reminded of a classic comment about heretics…”Some or all of them may be good people–they are just wrong.” Consider with me a few historic truths of Catholic dogma relevant to these issues. Our Church, and our beloved University, have long and always revered Our Lady, Notre Dame, “Ever Virgin,” the One who was Immaculately Conceived and then conceived in her womb, again immaculately, through the Holy Spirit, the Son of God, who live His life without sin and celibate. Our Church reveres celibacy and chastity as the ideal for her priests and bishops. For much of its eistence, UND was an all-male institution. This was not out of any “hate” for women; but in recognition that young men can better prepare for roles of responsibility and leadership when not daily distracted by natural urges and attractions to be about starting their families. For all things there are seasons. No, classic conservative Catholic “loyal sons of Notre Dame” do not hate or fear homosexuals–we respectfully and prayerfully pity them their crosses as we feel pity for other crosses shouldered by all weak and sinful mortals, including ourselves. I’ve struggled against lust and alcohol my adult life; yet I have not joined any movement seeking to extol my crosses and troubles under some banner of “pride.” Steve

  21. It’s about time. As a gay alumnus, I see this as God”s love in action. Thete have always been gay students & faculty and staff at ND – in the 1950s when I was there & easy before. Dr Tom Dooley was gay & showed more courage & love than all the readers of this hateful publication.

  22. If only we Catholics were as serious about our religion as the Taliban…

  23. Mike Boyle, '91 August 18, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    It seems having ND acquired by a friendly institution – Catholic U?, or ousting Jenkins, would be the most direct routes to a path correction. What I don’t understand is what reward system is in place for Jenkins to compensate him for his consistent and unrepentant trashing of the School’s heritage? Could it be a life time supply of his favorite candy snack? M&M’s? I just cannot imagine. CEO’s of multinationals are compensated with multigenerational infusions of wealth – this is how their loyalty is bought – but I am not aware that earthly treasure is the driver of behavior at ND.

  24. I think this is great! We as Catholics are told to love they neighbor like you would love thyself. Plus homosexuality wasn’t condemned or even talked about in the bible until the 1940s or something so its a wonder that some people make such a big fuss about it. I can’t imagine so many “so called Catholics” fail to believe in Gods plan to make people the way they are – and sometimes that means He makes them gay or transgender. Go Irish!

  25. Jeanette Benedetto August 18, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    This is a real shame and disappointment that such a prestigious CATHOLIC University such as Notre Dame has lost its true CATHOLIC IDENITY. Our Blessed Mother must be crying. I was so proud when my son wanted years ago to go to Nortre Dame and got in. I would not support his decison now if he wanted to go to Notre Dame.

  26. James Pettengill August 18, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    “A good priest will bring himself and a thousand others to heaven; a bad priest will bring himself and a thousand others to hell.” Saint John Vianney

  27. Frank Freidhoff August 18, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    The Notre Dame Club of OKC has essentially disbanded as a result of the announced organization of “ARC”. An alum of ND offered an opinion that ARC was a further “woke” organization and with all the other alumni groups the idea of unity was eroding. It was, in former times, The Students and The Alumni, together known as The Notre Dame Family. Now there are various organizations that segregate people into their own little groups based on some common element, such as race or ancestral background. The result of that stated opinion was a harsh reprimand from a Club officer that the club WOULD support ARC. The result of this support for ARC was the resignation of three Board members and the eventual resignation of the Club President. Attempts to revive the club have not proven successful thus far.

  28. I’m sick

  29. I am ashamed to be a graduate of Notre Dame…Father Jenkins’ should resign and apologize for his UNGODLY stand.

  30. Barbara McNamara August 18, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Steve Martinek asks, “Where to begin? Where and when will it end?” I would add, What should we do? (Emphasis on the word, DO.) We can wring our hands until they hurt, or we can talk to death about ND’s fall from Grace, but neither option will cause anything to change and at Notre Dame perhaps things will never be the same. This is something we all must accept. So, the question remains, what should we do? Answer? Encourage your children and/or grandchildren to go elsewhere. Stop purchasing all the overpriced ND “stuff”. Don’t attend football games or any other sporting event that puts money in ND’s solid-gold coffers. There are other options. You have only to seek. For example, for a first-rate Liberal Arts experience, Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire is worth considering. There, Catholicism is real, not just a vaneer.

  31. The Afghanistan debacle gave them cover to do this. Plus, did you read the ND report this AM?

    • They announced this in late June so I doubt the Afghanistan debacle is related to this announcement

      • Nonsense! For decades, in between gnawing on the pillars of civilization and drinking the blood of infants under the full moon, we dread-homosexuals have been patiently biding our time, waiting for the exact moment of the fall of Afghanistan to announce our alumni group and slow-pitch softball league!

  32. Dennis McGovern August 18, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Keep Notre Dame Catholic!!! Notre Dame Our Lady is crucified.

  33. Robert C Bartley August 18, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    It’s heart-breaking to to see that Notre Dame now officially promotes deviant behavior that is antithetical to Catholicism and to the procreative survival of humanity as a species…I wouldn’t be surprised if they started marketing “Going home” (euthanasia) and Solyent Green ( fictional cannibalistic food product marketed as algae) as “sustainable” and recommended food production practices next. -Robert C. Bartley


  35. It’s a good thing that gold doesn’t rust, because the Lady on the Dome is surely crying. I pray, by her intercession, that the University named in her honor may soon return to the true faith for which its founders devoted their lives.

  36. Steven Martinek '71, '74 (We were ND) August 18, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Where to begin? Where and when will it end? How are people of Faith and dogma and Truth called to respond to deviance, evil, and disorder? We have naively persuaded ourselves of a shared duty to accept and love sin and evil themselves. We cover our sacrilege with a fig-leaf comment that we only love the “sinner” never the sin; but that is obfuscation and deflection. Our society, our culture, our University, our Church, all with some appearance of reluctance or grudging progress, all call us to normalize and then to extol deviance and sin and promiscuity, and the resultant debasement of our nature and our values in pursuit of what? I suggest we need to re-visit and strip away our fig-leaf assertions. We are called to call-out, denounce and condemn not only sin and deviance–but those who practice it–unless and until after they have repented and been shriven. Steve

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