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More than 700 #prolife students, faculty, and staff gathered at @NotreDame for a pro-life rally paralleling the national March for Life after the university abruptly cancelled the student trip to Washington because of COVID. … Click To Tweet

Although Notre Dame cancelled the student trip to Washington only nine days before this year’s January 21 March for Life in Washington, D.C., the Notre Dame Right to Life students succeeded in organizing a successful parallel event on campus. Both the national and the campus events testified to the vitality of the pro-life movement as the participants marched and prayed in guarded hope that the Supreme Court will soon overrule Roe v. Wade and its license for almost unlimited abortion. Here is our account of the highlights of the dual marches. 

The National March for Life

This year’s 43rd March for Life in Washington marked the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision declaring abortion a constitutional right. The March, which is replicated in states and cities and foreign countries (and this year at Notre Dame), is the largest human rights demonstration in the world.

Doubtless COVID discouraged some from attending but others may have filled in, since the turnout was once again impressive and we saw nothing in published reports remarking on diminished participation.

One of the principal related events for some years has been panel presentations by pro-life leaders at Georgetown University staged by the student-organized Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life.

This year, Sycamore Trust became a sponsor and hoped to host a group of Notre Dame students at the panel discussion, but the on-site presentation was cancelled because of COVID. It was streamed, however, and can be viewed here.

One of the speakers was Dr. O. Carter Snead, director of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture and nationally prominent pro-life leader, who discussed his recent book “What it Means to be Human” – described by the Wall Street Journal as one of 2020’s “most distinguished.” 

You can view Professor Snead’s talk here.

The address of the keynote speaker, Bishop Robert Barron, is of special interest because he opened with a reflection on the pernicious effect of the address then Governor Mario Cuomo delivered at Notre Dame in 1984. There, as one of the nation’s most prominent Catholic politicians, he advocated the “personally opposed but won’t impose” dodge that has become unholy writ among Catholic politicians who claim they abhor abortion even as they cast votes to support it. 

You can view Bishop Barron’s address here.

The Notre Dame Event

Despite the brief time available, the student Right to Life club, with the help of the de Nicolo Center for Ethics and Culture and Campus Ministry, staged an admirable Day for Life on campus.

Notre Dame senior Francine Shaft, the president of Notre Dame Right to Life and a 2021 Sycamore Trust awardee (and the first speaker in the video below), described the event to Sycamore Trust as “a unique opportunity for pro-life students, faculty, and staff to be witnesses to the dignity of unborn children on campus. “

She continued:

About 700 members of the Notre Dame community attended Mass in the Basilica, where Fr. Jenkins presided. From the Basilica we peacefully and joyfully marched across campus to Library Lawn, below Hesburgh Library’s “The Word of Life” mural. There we listened to a variety of speakers representing students, faculty, and staff. The Day for Life gave the Notre Dame community the opportunity to show the strength of its pro-life character, and I am so proud of the strength with which we prayed, marched, and rallied for life.

You can read more about this event here and view highlights in the video below.

This was Notre Dame at its best.

To be sure, every silver lining must have its cloud, but it did not cast a shadow on these students, faculty, and staff, and accordingly we defer its examination to our next bulletin. For now, we conclude with Carter Snead’s moving short 2021 video when the national March for Life was cancelled.

Postscripts

Elizabeth Kirk Interview. On the day of the March, the editor of Crisis magazine interviewed Sycamore Trust board member Elizabeth Kirk about a range of abortion-related issues, including the prospects of the Supreme Court’s overruling Roe v. Wade in the pending Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case and the consequences if it does. 

A 1996 graduate of Notre Dame Law School and an expert on the law and policy of abortion, Elizabeth is currently the director of the Center For Law And The Human Person at Catholic University of America, where she teaches on matters of law and the family. She has in the past been served as, among other things, assistant director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and lay consultant to the USCCB committee on pro-life activities.

Both a video and text of this wide-ranging and illuminating interview are available here. One segment is of special interest because it involved questions by Justice Amy Coney Barrett during the oral argument Dobbs that drew a good deal of comment. In this part of the interview, Elizabeth discussed Justice Barrett’s inquiry.

Contact information

Should you wish to write leaders of the organizations responsible for the Notre Dame Day for Life, here is their contact information:

Francine Shaft
President, Notre Dame Right to Life

Professor O. Carter Snead
Director, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

Rev. Pete McCormick
Director, Campus Ministry

A Call for Alumni of Catholic Colleges & Universities

Until recently, generations of college students on Catholic campuses across the United States have been inspired by their experience to embrace the Catholic faith as the integrating principle of their lives. Now, suffering from a half-century of secularization, many of our nation’s 221 Catholic colleges and universities are no longer teaching from a distinctively Catholic intellectual tradition, even as the world is desperate for men and women with the competence and confidence to stand tall for the truth of Catholicism.

Far from being helpless in the fight against secularization at their alma mater, Notre Dame alumni at Sycamore Trust have demonstrated that alumni can play a special and effective role in efforts to protect their alma mater’s Catholic identity. Encouraged by their example, other alumni groups with similar missions have started to organize.

If you are concerned about the Catholic identity of your alma mater and would like to discuss organizing an alumni group like Sycamore or if you are involved with something similar already, please get in touch with us. Just as efforts to undermine Catholic identity on campuses across the nation have increased in number and coordination, we believe that so, too, should the fight for Catholic identity.

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8 Responses to “Notre Dame Day for Life”

  1. Stay Awake!
    Remember always, “we are One Body, One Spirit, In Christ”, Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost.(Filioque)
    Perfect Life-affirming and Life-sustaining Salvational Love does not divide, it multiplies, as in The Miracle Of The Loaves And Fishes.

  2. Why only a validly elected Pope can do The Consecration Of Russia to Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart.

    J.M.J.

    One cannot remain in communion with Christ and Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church if one denies The Unity Of The Holy Ghost (Filioque)

    Christ’s Eucharistic Prayer:

    “20And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me. 21That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

    22And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them: that, they may be one, as we also are one. 23I in them, and thou in me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me. 24Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given me may be with me: that they may see my glory which thou hast given me, because thou hast loved me before the creation of the world.

    25Just Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee. And these have known that thou hast sent me. 26And I have made known thy name to them and will make it known: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

    https://biblehub.com/drbc/john/17.htm

    Perhaps Our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, is not aware that prior to his election to the Papacy, Jorge Bergoglio denied The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, ipso facto separating himself from The Body Of Christ. Pope Benedict XVI, if he desires that The Consecration Of Russia to Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart now be done, exactly as Our Blessed Mother requested, must be confronted with this evidence that has been manifested in public and never corrected by Jorge Bergoglio, and respond accordingly.

    “It is not possible to have Sacramental Communion without Ecclesial Communion”, due to The Unity Of The Holy Ghost; for It Is “Through Christ, With Christ, And In Christ, In The Unity Of The Holy Ghost”, that Holy Mother Church, outside of which there is no Salvation, due to The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, exists.

    We can know through both our Catholic Faith and reason, that it is the denial of The Unity Of The Holy Ghost that is the source of all heresy, for to deny The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, is to deny The Divinity Of The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, Father, Son, And Holy Ghost, which leads us to Apostasy.

    This is what Jorge Bergoglio said,
    prior to his election as pope, on page 117 of his book, On Heaven And Earth, In Regards to same sex “unions”, demonstrating that he does not hold, keep, or teach The Catholic Faith, and he continues to act accordingly:
    “If there is a union of a private nature, there is neither a third party, nor is society affected. Now, if the union is given the category of marriage, there could be children affected. Every person needs a male father and a female mother that can help shape their identity.”- Jorge Bergoglio, denying The Sanctity of the marital act within The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and the fact 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, while denying sin done in private is sin, and that we are called to desire to be “Temples Of The Holy Ghost”, which is Apostasy as he denies The Divinity Of The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity.
    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“

    Every previous Council has affirmed The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, thus why is there a need for a new Council to affirm that which Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, And Apostolic Church, Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost (Filioque) has always affirmed? Certainly it is necessary, in regards to Catholic Canon 750, and that which “every Catholic must believe with Divine and Catholic Faith, in order to remain in communion with The Body Of Christ, to affirm The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, and thus The Divinity Of The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, Father, Son, And Holy Ghost.

  3. First and foremost, every beloved son and daughter of a human person, from the moment of their conception, to the moment of their natural death, has been Created in The Image And Likeness Of God, with an Intellect and a Will, equal in Dignity, while being complementary as a beloved son or daughter, Willed by God, The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, worthy of Redemption, to live our lives in Loving relationship, in communion with The Ordered Communion Of Perfect Complementary Love, The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, as we hopefully, accept Salvational Love, God’s Gift Of Grace And Mercy, Poured Out To Us, Through The Sacrifice Of The Cross, Through, With, And In Christ, In The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, until that final moment when we become Perfected In Christ.

    A human person can only be conceived by human persons ; we can know through both Faith and reason that every beloved son or daughter of a human person, can only be a human person, and thus at no moment in Time, in a mother’s pregnancy can personhood be disestablished.

    “If this suggestion of personhood is established, [Roe’s] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”- Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)”

    The fact is, personhood for the beloved son or daughter residing in their mother’s womb, from the moment of their conception, cannot be disestablished, and thus the right to life for every beloved son or daughter residing in their mother’s womb, regardless of their mother’s location “is guaranteed specifically by The 14th Amendment”.

  4. J.M.J.

    The Time has come to request that Our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, who has not renounced The Petrine Munus and thus retains The Petrine Ministry, and all those Faithful Bishops who remain in communion with Pope Benedict XVI, Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, and thus with Christ, And His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, outside of which, there is no Salvation, due to The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, do The Consecration Of Russia to Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart, exactly as Our Blessed Mother requested.

    What is needed is a Miracle, and every Miracle requires an Act Of Faith.

    J.M.J.

    From the Vatican, 10 February 2013
    BENEDICTUS PP XVI

    “Dear Brothers,
    I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
    Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects.  And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.”

    -From the Vatican, 10 February 2013
    BENEDICTUS PP XVI

  5. J.M.J.

    So True, for it has always been about The Marriage In Heaven, and on Earth,Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost.(Filioque)
    “Blessed are those who are Called To The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb.”

    https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/teachings/pius-xiis-mystici-corporis-christi-on-the-mystical-body-of-christ-156

    “The Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by a specific act of a reigning Pope along with all the other Catholic bishops of the world was ordered in a Marian apparition by Our Lady of Fátima in 13 July 1917.”

    “Since Pope Benedict XVI did not renounce the Petrine munus, but explicitly stated his intention to retain it, his “resignation” is null & void, since a valid papal resignation requires a properly expressed (rite manifestetur) renunciation of the munus (Canon 332 § 2.)” – Father Paul Kramer

    And since it is true that Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, retains The Petrine Munus, he retains The Petrine Ministry, for they cannot be separated.

    “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, outside of which there is no Salvation, due to The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, Exists. Thus we can know through both Faith and reason, that the denial of The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, is the source of all heresy. To deny The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, is to deny The Divinity Of The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, Father, Son, And Holy Ghost.

    Pray that Our Holy Father Benedict XVI, will do The Consecration Of Russia to Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart exactly as Our Blessed Mother requested.

    Pray to St.Michael The Archangel that the Consecration will be done soon so that Through Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart, Christ’s Church will be Triumphant !

    What is needed is a Miracle and every Miracle requires an act of Faith

  6. “…or if you are involved with something similar already, please get in touch with us.”

    As we drown in abortion, sexual dystopias and deconstruction of the West, that is Christianity, it helps to see the rising tide’s source is open rebellion against Humanae Vitae. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body’s teaches conjugal love is central to Christian anthropology and makes Humanae Vitae’s doctrine compelling. He teaches that conjugal love is a sacrament of the Blessed Trinity. Hence, it is a sacrament of all mysteries; Creation, Redemption, Sanctification and is therefore the foundation of the sacramental order and the order of grace.
    I published: Mere Marriage: Sexual Difference and Christian Doctrine, a doctoral dissertation to explain this. Not for everyone, Mere Marriage is written for theologians. However, its message is for absolutely everyone. More detail is available at http://www.Mere Marriage.com.
    I’d like to be of service to pro-lifers at ND.

  7. That should read: Pray that Our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, and all those Bishops in union with Christ and His Church, will do The Consecration Of Russia to Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart, exactly as Our Blessed Mother requested, lifting The Veil, and separating the counterfeit church from The True Church Of Christ.

  8. “God of our fathers, known of old…Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
    Lest we forget, lest we forget!”
    Rudyard Kipling

    The Miraculous catch of fish

    11] “Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of great fishes, one hundred and fifty-three. And although there were so many, the net was not broken.”

    [John 21:11]

    Perfect Life-affirming and Life-sustaining Salvational Love does not divide, it multiplies, Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, as in The Loaves and Fishes.

    http://www.drbo.org/cgi-bin/d?b=drb&bk=50&ch=21&l=11-#x

    Reflecting on the pernicious effect of the address then Governor Mario Cuomo delivered at Notre Dame in 1984, my beloved parents, who had sacrificed so much, in order that we receive the true gift of a Catholic education, informed by The Catholic Faith, were able to immediately discern the harm that this relativistic treatise would bring to God’s Treatise of Love, and those members residing in His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, outside of which, there is no Salvation, due to The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, for it is to them, that “much has been given”, and thus “much more will be expected”.

    “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, outside of which there is no Salvation, due to The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, exists.

    And so it was with great sadness that I cannot reconcile these words that embrace relativism and deny The Deposit Of Faith, with The True Church Of Christ, for it denies the Unity Of The Holy Ghost and the fact that we, who are, in essence, followers of The Christ, are called to be “Temples Of The Holy Ghost”

    “If there is a union of a private nature, there is neither a third party, nor is society affected.“

    “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. ”

    This is what Jorge Bergoglio said,
    prior to his election as pope, on page 117 of his book, On Heaven And Earth, demonstrating that he does not hold, keep, or teach The Catholic Faith, and he continues to act accordingly:
    “If there is a union of a private nature, there is neither a third party, nor is society affected. Now, if the union is given the category of marriage, there could be children affected. Every person needs a male father and a female mother that can help shape their identity.”- Jorge Bergoglio, denying The Sanctity of the marital act within The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and the fact 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, while denying sin done in private is sin.

    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. IÀt 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“

    One cannot claim that sin done “in private” is not sin, without denying The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, and thus the fact that There Is Only One Son Of God, One Word Of God Made Flesh, One Lamb Of God Who Can Taketh Away The Sins Of The World, Our Only Savior, Jesus The Christ, thus there can only be, One Spirit Of Perfect Complementary Love Between The Father And The Son, Who Must Proceed From Both The Father And The Son, In The Ordered Communion Of Perfect Complementary Love, The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity. (Filioque) Although at the end of the Day, it is still a Great Mystery, It is no Mystery, that we exist, because God, The Communion Of Perfect Love, The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, Exists. It has always been about The Marriage In Heaven and On Earth. “Blessed are those that are Called to The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb.”

    Dear Blessed Mother Mary, Who Through Your Fiat, Affirmed The Filioque, hear our Prayer, that your Immaculate Heart Will Triumph soon for the sake of Christ, His Church, all who will come to believe, and all prodigal sons and daughters, who, hopefully, will return to The One Body Of Christ, Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost.

    Pray that Our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, and all those Bishops in union with Christ and His Church, will do The Consecration Of Russia to Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate, exactly as Our Blessed Mother requested, lifting The Veil, and separating the counterfeit church from The True Church Of Christ.

    What is needed, is a Miracle, and every Miracle requires An Act Of Faith.

    Hail The Cross, Our Only Hope

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