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Father Jenkins's misguided approval of a student LGBTQ club at @NotreDame and a promiscuous "diversity and inclusion" policy has led to increasing support for the LGBTQ agenda capped by endorsement of LGBTQ Pride Month. #GoCatholicND Click To Tweet

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. That risk has now been realized with the University’s recent endorsement of June as Pride Month and related actions.

We begin our examination of this alarming development with a report about Pride Month. We will follow shortly with two additional reports on LGBT matters.

Notre Dame Recognizes June as Pride Month

Early last month, Notre Dame endorsed President Biden’s proclamation of June as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021,” the event that has become the most prominent means for mobilizing worldwide support for same-sex marriage and the full range of other homosexual and transgender demands.

The President’s Proclamation that Notre Dame embraced was sweeping in its celebration of past LGBTQ successes, including specifically the Supreme Court’s ruling on “marriage equality,” and Biden’s call for enactment of the Equality Act, which has been denounced by the nation’s bishops, as we have reported, for forcing LGBTQ demands on a host of fronts against religious liberty objections based on Church teachings on sex, marriage and gender.

The additional resources cited by Notre Dame underscored the head-on collision between the objectives of Pride Month and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Readers were told, for example, they could “learn more” from a collection of PBS films “that included

  • “Pink Boy, “about a “Butch lesbian” who with her lesbian partner adopts a boy who “transitions” to a girl at age 6.
  • “The New Black,” the legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland.
  • “Man in an Orange Shirt,” two gay “love stories 60 years apart.”

And readers who would like to become LGBTQ “allies” were directed to the website of the LGBTQ advocacy organization Human Rights Campaign, where Catholics could find this advice:

If you come from a religious background that teaches that non-straight sexual orientations or gender variance are wrong or immoral, look back to your texts and history and take time to learn from people of faith who have become allies because of their faith, not despite it. Visit hrc.org/religion and straightforequality.org/faith to find resources to guide you.

If one follows that trail, it leads to Catholic organizations that dissent from Church teaching on homosexual and transsexual issues — DignityUSA, Equally Blessed, and its coalition members New Ways Ministry and Call to Action.

David Carlin (ND ’61), writing in The Catholic Thing, described the LGBTQ signature event that Notre Dame endorsed as

a month during which the nation…celebrated the goodness of all of the following: homosexuality and homosexual practice (both male and female), bisexuality, transgenderism, queerness (whatever that means), and a potentially unlimited number of other deviations from the traditional Christian idea of sexual propriety.

Why would Notre Dame support such an event? Read on in Carlin’s article:

Major business corporations celebrated, TV networks celebrated, colleges and universities celebrated, the mainstream media celebrated, Silicon Valley celebrated, the NBA celebrated, major league baseball celebrated, and, perhaps most notable of all, President Biden (America’s second Catholic president) celebrated. U.S. embassies around the world displayed the rainbow flag, and every big city in America had a PRIDE parade.

In his 2015 inaugural address, Father Jenkins challenged his associates by asking

If we are afraid to be different from the world, how can we make a difference in the world?

This is no longer a rhetorical question.

Notre Dame’s Office of Human Resources and the Normalization of Homosexual Sex and Same-Sex Marriage.

On June 30, the Notre Dame Office of Human Resources conducted a Zoom meeting in connection with “June Pride Month.” The speaker was Doug Bauder, the retired founding director of the Indiana University Bloomington LGBTQ+Culture Center. The moderator was Eric Love, the Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion at Notre Dame, a former friend and Indiana colleague of Mr. Bauder’s, whom he praised expansively. (We will have more to say about Mr. Love in a subsequent bulletin.)

Mr. Bauder devoted his talk to his experiences at Indiana University and to his life story as a married man with two children who gradually came to accept his homosexuality, abandon his marriage, and join the man whom he then married.

Here is the relevant biographical passage on the Indiana University website :

Five years into his marriage, Bauder says he came to terms with being gay and, eventually, ended the union…. Following a period as a single man, Bauder met the individual whom he would later marry: a professor at Indiana University named Marty Siegel. Siegel invited Bauder to Bloomington in 1992 to share their life together.

Mr. Bauder reported that he has recently self-published an autobiographical memoir that is not commercially available but can be obtained through Notre Dame’s Mr. Love.

Notre Dame Press and the Normalization of Homosexual Sex and Same-Sex Marriage.

On June 3, the University webpage carried this press release by the University of Notre Dame Press:

Book by LGBTQ+ Rights Activist Greg Bourke [ND MA ‘82] Announced During Gay Pride Month.

Bourke and his “husband” Michael De Leon were the plaintiffs in the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage,

According to UND Press, the book, “Gay, Catholic, and American: My Legal Battle for Marriage Equality,” sends the “message to the Catholic LGBTQ community…to remain strong in the Catholic faith and stay hopeful for change in the Church.”

Bourke plans a book tour that includes the ND Club of Pittsburgh, St. Mary’s College, and Hammes Bookstore.

From the Sacred Heart of Jesus to Pride Month

Notre Dame’s celebration of June as Pride Month while letting pass its dedication to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is especially unsettling because of the special place devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus holds in the history of the University and the CSC Order. The Catholic News Agency noted the wayward priorities:

The university’s campus ministry office told CNA that it was not aware of any plans for an initiative honoring the Sacred Heart in the month of June.

Blessed Basile Moreau, who founded the Order in 1837, consecrated the priests to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Feast of the Sacred Heart was added to the Universal Liturgical Calendar in 1856, and the month of June became devoted to the Blessed Heart.

The Order’s consecration to the Sacred Heart was reflected in the dedication of the spiritual centers of the University to the Sacred Heart: first, the wooden “Church of the Sacred Heart,” built between 1848 and 1852, and then the current Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, in which Mass was first celebrated in 1875.[1]

Then there is the statue of the Blessed Heart that stands in front of the storied Main Building on the Main Quad. That is its rightful place, as one can see from the letter that Father Sorin addressed to his associates on June 20, 1876, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, shortly after the fire that destroyed the Main Building.

Calling on his fellow priests “to thank the Sacred Heart for the many precious blessings we have drawn already from this inexhaustible centre of all graces” during these “months of severe trial,” Father Sorin exhorted:

“More than ever, let us place our hopes and prayers and needs in the Sacred Heart-the primary Patron of our Congregation….and whilst our glorious and loving Patron is failing us in nothing, let us not fail first in duty, but endeavor to deserve an increase of blessings.”

Father Sorin announced, “A new Novena shall be commenced in honor of the Sacred Heart in each one of our houses,” a model that Sycamore Trust board member Father John Raphael (ND ’89) followed 145 years later almost to the day this past June in leading more than 1,200 Sycamore Trust supporters in a Novena, this time of reparation, to the Sacred Heart.

We close with some of Father Sorin’s concluding words that resonate today with Notre Dame’s embrace of Pride Month:

Should we fail to make good our promises to the public, some one among us shall have to take the responsibility of the failure. In no case should we ever complain of Providence, but only of ourselves.

Postscript

Notre Dame absolves Chick-fil-A: Several days ago, Fox News reported that a small group of students and faculty had urged the administration not to approve a Chick-fil-A on campus because the company had contributed to organizations opposing the LGBT agenda. This triggered a flurry of publicity, with Senator Lindsey Graham declaring he would “go to war for the principles Chick-A-fila stands for.”

A couple of days later, the university announced it had granted the franchise. But not because Chick-fil-A’s opposition to the LGBTQ’s agenda mirrored the Church’s, but rather because it had given up that opposition. It did that in 2019 with a pledge that it would no longer contribute to the LGBTQ black-listed organizations. In its statement, accordingly, Notre Dame said it had “discussed with company representatives” the “concerns” that had been expressed about the company’s “charitable giving” and that they had “responded to these issues in a satisfactory manner.”

Why then, one wonders, has the university not “discussed with company representatives” of another campus outlet, Starbucks, that company’s contributions to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions, and the declaration by its CEO that same-sex marriage “is core to the Starbucks brand”?

Why, that is, would Notre Dame be troubled by one concessionaire’s opposition to the LGBTQ agenda but not by another’s support of abortion and same-sex marriage? It is, we suggest, hard to think of a satisfactory answer.


[1]Schlereth, Thomas J. The University of Notre Dame A Portrait of Its History and Campus; (1976), pp. 39-40.

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24 Responses to “Notre Dame Embraces LGBTQ Pride Month”

  1. Mr. Dempsey, from what I hear from my son the current LGBTQxyz community on the Notre Dame campus is very small but per Post-Modern strategies, purposefully visible and vocal, (As per typical of almost all current college campuses). But as with our own Catholic papacy under horrid times of poor leadership, the body and mind are one and the body can influence change of mind. My son has met many “Cafeteria Catholics” and “Catholics in Name Only” on campus but also very faithful Catholics and many protestants whose parents trust Our Lady to provide a Christian Compass over secular private and public schools. I think this is significant as I would rather see UND drop out of the top 20 ranking for not being “Woke” enough than go back to the Fr. Ted days of bowing to the pagan ‘Academic’ gods. So keep up the good fight because, as we talk about in the KofC, these are the times in which this trial by fire is meant to make complacent Catholics (Admittantly, ike myself) wake up and stand up for the faith.

    • John McNamara July 25, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      Greg- I liked reading your message. I think part of Notre Dame’s current issue is an overdose of pride as another writer mentioned when talking about Notre Dame being number one. I think many here would rather see ND drop out of the top 20 in the US News rankings to be more Catholic. I think daily that ND is at a fork in the road- go left and try to appease woke liberal academia as Fr. Jenkins does and Fr Hesburgh did in inviting Mario Cuomo to give his “I’m a Catholic, but I can’t . . .” “NightLine” speech with Ted and Joyce sitting on the stage, OR go to the right, like Fr. Patrick Payton, CSC did, and try to encourage modern people and government agencies to support good works and prayer with him. No one at ND today thinks like Payton did.
      My son graduated from high school last month, but we never really looked seriously at ND, because of all this secular, anti-Catholic stuff at ND; concern about me being too critical and him possibly being retaliated against; and he would have been borderline academically to get in. Congrats to your son on his success and having scores and grades very high enough to get in. My son got into Catholic University, and the people there were extremely good and nice to deal with, and the financial aid and scholarships were terrific, but then with all the barbed wire fences and military occupation of the US Capitol, I didn’t want that to be an issue over the next 4 years. You were talking about protestant parents trusting Our Lady to provide a Christian compass and we did seriously do the inverse when my son got accepted to Baylor, where 25% of the students are Catholic. He got accepted at a Jesuit school too, that was very strong in referring to itself as “Jesuit” and almost never as “Catholic”. However, in the end, we decided on a state school where hopefully the focus can be academics and I can continue to work with him on theology on our own time, since it is difficult to trust Catholic universities with that anymore, without worrying that you’re being served a different brand of religion than Catholicism.

  2. It would be instructive to listen to a lecture by Fr. Jenkins on his understanding of the biblical passages from 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10.

  3. Steve Martinek '71, '74 (earlier times and values) July 23, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    To Fred Gade…Would that the admin and faculty and Trustees had merely “lost their minds;” instead they follow their minds instead of their hearts–and what has been lost are their souls. To gka, I am happy your son is pleased and you are satisfied with the quality of Catholic education you believe he is receiving at du Lac. I have heard that those with firm Faith and firm family foundation can navigate the secularist swamp-lands at our beloved University. Tragically, that is not the norm and does not validly characterize Jenkins. Steve

  4. Daniel Mitchell July 23, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    This is Dan Mitchell class of 61 I spent my life in radio broadcasting and had many employees who were (Queer) now gay. Words do count. I also owned a radio station in Palm Springs California a very old and (Queer) Gay community. Here is my experience. These people are very different in that they are genetic variations from the normal genetic man and woman. otherwise they are normal in brain function. At the stations, we just treated everyone as just a team member with no notice of variations in size, shape, sexual preference, skin color, or continent of relatives origin. What counted was talent, skill and production. Period. Today our nation has lost its good sense with focus on things that have no relationship to real value in a person in a society. Black lives matter, gay or Queer people matter, I am an irish American or an African American or an Italian American is a non issue why make it one? Of course all lives matter ,even the unborn lives. My take is this crap is driven by the Democratic Party just to create chaos which they can solve by their Government domination power. For Notre Dame the world premier Catholic University to join in this chaos is just plain stupid. Let us go about educating kids to be skilled and forget all the Democratic party agenda of creating an America in total division and hate. It is just stupid leadership from a gang of extremely misguided citizens. Christ said Love your enemies. He did not say join them.

    • Mr Mitchell, here is no dispute about the obligation to treat homosexuals with just and charity and I see little in what you say with which I would disagree — except, to be sure, as to your belief that what we say is somehow rooted in a cagey Democrative plot. If you have followed our bulletins respecting President Biden and his anti-Catholic agenda, you will know what I mean. The single question is whether Notre Dame, as a Catholic university, should act so as to indicate its disagreement with the Church’s teaching that homosexual sex, and therefore same-sex marriage, is gravely immoral. Your comment suggests that you think this is acceptable, if not indeed desirable. I think it would be if Notre Dame would stop claiming it is Catholic. Otherwise, its claim is false advertising. Not that there is nothing Cathoic about it, of course, but that there is not nearly enough when it parts company with the Church on such fundamental, of unpopular, teachings,

  5. Hey there. The University of Notre Dame is the nation’s best University right now. It produces top professionals, scholars and Chiristians on fire to serve the Lord and – for the most part does not fall into the Woke trap like almost all American Universities today. As a Catholic and graduate of UCLA and my wife a graduate of UW Madison we can’t even look at our Alumni magazines without groaning about how different the culture is now. I don’t know how the current detractors get their information about Notre Dame but as a parent I can testify that compared to most Universities it’s still very much a bullwark of Christian thought and faith, (Maybe not as Catholic as Christendom or Franciscan U. Steubenville but also not as way gone as Georgetown or U.San Diego). And I trust the good works and caretaking of the fathers of the Holy Cross; As Fr. Miscamble once said on an interview at ETWN, “Our Lady is getting back to the path but It’s going to take a while to get rid of the weeds”. Personally, I think replacing Ms. Harding with Fr. Gerry Olinger as Chief Gardener is a big step in right direction. You know I like Fr. Jenkins a lot, the fact that he opened up the Campus in August of 2020 when all others hid under rocks shows courage, (“..We walk in faith”), and he even congadulated the students for storming the field in the middle of “The Pandameic” after UND’s victory over Clemson at Commencement. I beleive he has both faith and a clear understanding that these young people are still in the process of becoming. Jesus did not avoid sinners, nor did he condone their sins, but neverthe less he respected all as children of God and actively engaged. For those of us who see UND as a force of good not a forgone conclusiion, we need to pray, pray, pray and maybe throw stones with love, if that’s even possible. I know the Holy Spirit is with Our Lady and will continue to bless the school and its students…or as my son the ‘Fisherman’ who will be a Junior next year at Our Lady when we asked him how his 2021 year went, (When so many of his high school classmates at other Universities came home discouraged and dissapointed), said: “It was great!”

    • As we repeatedly say, Notre Dame is the most Catholic of the major Catholic universities save Catholic University of America. That is for the simple reason that it has more Catholics on the faculty than the others. As the University recognizes in its Mission Statement, it is the composition of the faculty that is determinative. Nevertheless, the others have deteriorated so much that even if Notre Dame is better than they are, it is no longer an authentically Catholic university. That isn’t because if fails our test. It is because it fails its own Mission Statement test, i.e, a majority of committed Catholics on the faculty. ND’s standard is derived from St. John Paul II’s standard in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, reflected in the American bishops’ standard of a majority of faculty “dedicated to the witness of the faith.” Notre Dame falls far short of that goal. With a bare majority of “check-the-box+ Catholics — those who check the Catholic box on employment — no one would contend there is a genuine Catholic majority. Best guess — 20-30%. This is the reason for such “un-Catholic” episodes as The Vagina Monologues, the Queer File Festival, the free distribution of contraceptives, and Pride Month, to name but a few examples. It is also, much more importantly, the reason that, while a student determined to get a Catholic education can succeed through careful faculty and course selection, most students do not, The odds are seriously against them. And as incidents like Pride Month occur at an accelerating rate and support for unpopular but central Church teachings fades away, the trend is in the wrong direction. Oremus!

  6. Alfred (Fred) Gade "60 July 23, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    It is hard to believe that there is no longer any devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Notre Dame. Certainly the University dedicated to Our Lady would and should promote among her students a strong devotion and dedication to her son Jesus and He in turn would bless us. Have we lost our minds seeking the blessing of the socalled LGBT community?

  7. Steve Martinek July 23, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Once again, I commend John McNamara ’86, for his measured balanced reasoned forceful cogent comments.

  8. James Pettengill July 23, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Face it everybody… the jig is up; the emperor has no clothes; neither the Easter Bunny or Santa are real, nor did Liberace or Rock Hudson like girls… ND AIN’T CATHOLIC!!!! AND THAT’S THE TRUTH, WHICH WILL SET YOU FREE.

  9. Virginia D. Peschke July 23, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    It’s important to separate the sin from the sinner. Jesus teaches us to hate the sin and to love the sinner. To acknowledge sin is not to celebrate it. A Catholic University needs to lead by example and not embrace sinful practices. Standing up for virtue does not mean hatred of the unvirtuous. It’s not important to be “nice,” when being “nice” means standing for the “right” to be wrong.

  10. Bill I’m afraid you are clinging too tightly to the “good old” tribal days. Change is painful, but stasis is only comforting for the “chosen” few.

    The Notre Dame family cannot truly claim “we are number one” until we first accept that “ we are all one”.

    Mark McGowan ‘71

    • Mark, I take it you mean we should not fault the administration for accepting same-sex marriage, homosexual sex, and “gender fluidity,” since those are the Church teachings at issue. If holding to them is “clinging to the good old tribal days,” it is the Church’s doing, not ours. And as long as the Church refuses to accommodate modern popular sexual mores, we take the view that Notre Dame should follow or stop representing that it is Catholic. Certainly those in governance can do that if they wish. If they do, we will be sorry but will have no further interest. Until they do, we will continue to measure Notre Dame’s claim to be a Catholic university by its fidelity to Church teaching, musty or sturdy, as the case may be.

    • John McNamara July 23, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      “The Catholic Church never suits the particular mood of any age, because it was made for all ages. A Catholic knows that if the Church married the mood of any age in which it lived, it would be a widow in the next age. The mark of the true Church is that it will never get on well with the passing moods of the world.” Fulton Sheen. Fulton Sheen is quoted as having said, “Christ did not come to make us nice people. He came to make us new men.” “Our duty as Catholics is to know the truth, to live the truth, to defend the truth, to share the truth with others and to suffer for the truth.” Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon.

      Mark I think you misperceive where the change is occurring. It might appear that possibly you and possibly Fr. Jenkins are afraid to change from men of the present mood of the world, to men of the one true faith, with all due respect. By the mood of today’s world, isn’t referring to the universal Catholic church as being “tribal” inappropriate cultural appropriation? (Smile).

      I am not sure the Notre Dame “family” should be claiming to be “number one”, since humility is more what is required of a Catholic, and, for modern men, the way some of our Holy Cross priests are treating the dogma and Cathechism of the Catholic faith could be fairly confused as “number one”.

      So Mark, what other lessons from the Old and New Testament are out of date with the modern, secular world and need changing? Thou shall not kill? Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife? Thou shall not steal? “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it”? Wouldn’t it be better to stay with the dogma in effect the last 2000 years, and given to us by God, rather than being worldly, sophisticated and following “what’s happenin’ now”? (smile).

  11. George Shelton July 23, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    George P Shelton ’74

    I realize that ND was following the secular path when the NBC contract was signed. Father Jenkins needs to spent time at Catholic University of America in Washington DC to see the Catholic family. I was proud to be a member of the Notre Dame family and I felt that the Midwestern location would insulate it from the bi-coastal secular world of Silicon Valley and Wall street, was I wrong. I spend a lot of time at CUA to help support a Catholic University founded by the Vatican, ND’s lay faculty is driving these changes at ND because they cannot be the University president. Very Sad

  12. William Newbold July 23, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    While reading all of this I wonder if Notre Dame can survive as a Catholic University. I am a 1957 grad and cannot imagine
    anything like this happening at ND.

  13. Kathy McGreevy July 23, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    I respect Fr Jenkins but I believe in the Truth of Christ alone and He doesn’t change. In all things Christ is sufficient. Christ is the One True Shepherd of the One True Church and if we deny HIM and His Church and core beliefs He will deny us in the next life. Fr Jenkins has a huge responsibility to guide young adults to Christ not toward the liberalism destroying the Church and our country. I pray for him. I pray for Notre Dame.
    Peace and all goodness ALWAYS.
    Kathy (Doerr) McGreevy

  14. John McNamara '86 July 23, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    The definition of “heresy” is ” is any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs, in particular the accepted beliefs of a church or religious organization.” A heretic is “a person believing in or practicing religious heresy.” A “quisling” is defined as “a traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country.” “Quisling” comes from the last name of the Norwegian prime minister and Nazi collaborator who nominally headed the government of Norway during the occupation of the country by Nazi Germany during World War II. Winston Churchhill described “quislings” as “a new word which will carry the scorn of mankind down the centuries—is hired to fawn upon the conqueror, to collaborate in his designs, and to enforce his rule upon their fellow countrymen, while groveling low themselves.”

    I was recently scolded for using such terminology in comments about Sycamore articles, because such terms were seen as “name calling”. In fact, I don’t use these terms for childish name calling, but instead as accurate, serious terminology to awaken and clarify for the confused and the numb.

    People are spiritual beings and physical beings and theology often discusses whether we should be men/women of the secular world or men/women of the spiritual world, since we only pass through the physical world for a limited time (80 years is a limited time when you consider God’s infinity) where we prove our worthiness to join God in eternal happiness or forget or reject God and go to purgatory or hell. People in today’s secular world are inundated with the corporate messages David Carlin writes about and Bill Dempsey references in his article above. Paul Devitt is quite correct when he says “ND’s hubris and embrace of so much heresy on display for those with eyes to see and ears to hear will have a reckoning. To gain the adulation of the world and embrace its sin is a prescription for which poor Father Jenkins will be held to account.” Devitt’s statement was a prediction of the spiritual future for a heretic like John Jenkins and a quisling like Edward Malloy, and regretably, a quiet majority of Holy Cross religious, with the possible exception of Wilson Miscamble. Devitt’s statement is also a prediction of the spiritual future for the laity who remain numb, asleep and quiet or afraid to be disliked or unpleasant in these times. I’d rather have my football ticket application get messed around with at ND for being outspoken (which it hasn’t) or be seen as a childish, low brow name caller, than face judgment for failing to move my fingers to type and try to arouse and persuade people to heed what Jesus said, rather than what Jenkins said. Though people like Jenkins or Malloy might think I am a _____ (you fill in the word), my hope is that by writing what I do and making them uncomfortable (shaking down the thunder?), they and other Holy Cross religious and Catholic laity and agnostic Notre Dame professors may think more about which fork in the road they are taking each time Notre Dame celebrates Pride Month, turns a blind eye and stays silent towards abortion, and forgets and abandons the Sacred Heart of Jesus and fails to minister to homosexuals to try to bring them back to the one true faith, rather than modifying the faith to collaborate with the secular world and Satan, a name rarely used in church these days and often dismissed as myth, though he is mentioned in the Bible, when he offers Jesus the world and tempts Jesus in the garden before his arrest. As the old lady, who could never say a bad word about anyone, said of Satan “he sure works hard all the time”. Do we think seriously about his presence and whether the decisions we make reflect the Truth and integrity of God or the convenience and procrastination (I’ll do better later in a different situation) of Satan? Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as having said “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. Let us be friends, and not silent, towards men like Jenkins and Malloy, who are, quite likely, thickly insulated by a group of “yes men” and “yes women”, silent under threat of losing their jobs, and awaken Jenkins and Malloy and fellow Catholic laity in this busy, noisy, distracting world, full of glorious worldly temptations and remind them the Devil struggles with humility and to stay humble and true to the one True Faith. It’s a daily struggle for all of us and frequently a lost skirmish, but let’s keep up the faith and the daily battle. Hopefully the message of the one true faith will be heard by priestly leaders who can then spread the Word to many more in their work as priests. Ironically, the greatest Notre Dame student/priest to emerge from Notre Dame is one of the least reported on- Not Fr. Hesburgh, Fr. Malloy, Fr. Jenkins, or Fr. Sorin (who made life very painful for Fr. Moreau), not Knute Rockne or Joe Montana (though they sure were very great in football) but Patrick Payton, “Fr. Rosary”, who appears to have tried to use the secular world to spread the Rosary and the Faith. No statues, hall namings, centers, or even plaques for him, but he recently reached the stage of “Venerable” in the process of being named a saint by the Church. Let us remember Venerable Fr. Payton’s statement that “the family that prays together, stays together” and speak the honest truth to others, even when they accuse us of name calling or other unpleasant things. It will be tough, but “Old Notre Dame will win over all.”

  15. Neil Connelly July 23, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    ND stopped being a Catholic University a few decades ago. ND makes no difference in the world because ND follows the golden idol, not the golden rule. The time is not far off when we will look at the mediocre institution ND has become and wonder what happened. The failure is in us.

  16. Steven Martinek '71, '74 (We were ND) July 23, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Fall of 1942..Fr. Sorin…”This appears to be a good location for a school in honor of Our Lady, Notre Dame. We will build it strong and grand to honor her and to grow in stature. We will consecrate it to Our Lady an, in Faith and Truth, we will educate the sons of Catholic families for perhaps a century and a half. We will seek the blessing and commissioning of the Catholic Church, through the bishop, of our endeavor under the mantle of Our Lady. Then, once it reaches fullness of bloom and fullest influence, we will generously abdicate our role of guidance over the endeavor and abandon the University to secularism. Merely for sake of tradition, and the commercial value of the branding, we will maintain the name of Notre Dame, and the archaic nominal characterization of the school as “catholic.” As our mission and core values devolve, we will delegate authority and control the increasingly secular nominally clerical presidents–men like those from the clans of Malloy or perhaps Jenkins. Aye, that is my vision and plan for this bit of land by “les petits lacs.”

  17. Carol Anne Buczkowski July 23, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    It boggles the mind that a University that insists it is Catholic and wants to remain Catholic would so blatantly ignore the feast month of the Sacred Heart that is the foundation on which the University stands. If the foundation is ignored, the building cannot long stand.

  18. If ND had an ounce of integrity left, it would remove ll connections to the Catholic Church. ND falsely advertises itself as a “Catholic Institution”. It is not and has not been for a while. Sad.

  19. Paul Joseph Devitt July 23, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    With Father Jenkin’s blessing, Notre Dame has joined arms with the powerful modernists in the episcopacy in openly opposing authentic Catholic teaching and supporting programs antithetical to truth. Sadly, ND’s hubris and embrace of so much heresy on display for those with eyes to see and ears to hear will have a reckoning. To gain the adulation of the world and embrace its sin is a prescription for which poor Father Jenkins will be held to account.

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