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Notre Dame’s First-Year Sex Ed

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Today we bring you deeply disturbing portions of a video about the University’s diversity policy that was shown to this year’s first-year students and that radically undermines the Church’s teaching on sex and gender. It speaks for itself, so we will add but a few introductory comments.

The video is introduced by Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s Vice President for Student Affairs, whose collar represents religious authority, whose title represents institutional authority, and whose office administers the standards of conduct applicable to all Notre Dame students.

As images of the rotunda and the Sacred Heart of Jesus roll in the background, Father Olinger declares that “Church teaching is at the heart” of university policy on diversity.

What follows, then, is purportedly invested with the imprimatur of Church, University, and Order.

Instead, what follows Fr. Olinger’s deceptively incomplete presentation of Catholic teaching is a palpable rejection of Church doctrine on biological sex and gender along with testimony that implies indifference to sexually immoral behavior — all packaged in an exhortation to avoid discrimination against LGBTQ students.

Thus, whereas the Church teaches that sex and gender are inseparable and condemns the propagation of “gender theory” in academic institutions, Notre Dame tells first-year students:

A person’s gender identity may not match a person’s biological sex.

The gender theory definitions dispose of Church teaching:

Gender identity is a person’s inner sense of being a male, female, or differently gendered person.

Transgender refers to someone whose internal gender identity doesn’t match their biological sex.

Gender Expression is how a person behaves, appears, and presents themselves with regard to societal expectations of gender.

Questioning refers to someone in the process of discerning their sexual orientation or gender.

(The reference to genders in addition to male and female refers to synthetic gender identities such as “non-binary,” “pan-sexual,” and “genderqueer.”)

Students are advised to use “inclusive language,” which has to do with “preferred pronouns” and much more, as we fear they will learn. For a mind-numbing introduction to the “inclusive language” landscape with its minefield of potential micro-aggressions, go here.

The rejection of Church teaching on homosexual sexual acts (“acts of grave depravity” that “under no circumstances can be approved”) is not so explicit but is clear enough. Father Olinger’s video features a bi-sexual female student “who has had a same-sex partner in the past” and who calls upon students to “treat it like it’s no big deal.” “No big deal” aptly describes the administration’s (including the Alumni Association’s) attitude toward same-sex marriage in episodes that we have catalogued here and here and here and here and here and here. For example.

The Irish Rover may report on this lamentable episode, whereupon we may have more to say. For now, we urge those who have not signed the Open Letter to Dolly Duffy to do so now. Its significance becomes more and more apparent as the administration’s pro-LGBT policy unfolds.

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These developments underscore the gravity of our Open Letter requesting Dolly Duffy to explain NDAA’s actions. We urge all who have not joined the letter to do so now.

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46 Responses to “Notre Dame’s First-Year Sex Ed”

  1. I am so sad to hear about Norte Dames’ promotion of the culture’s embracement of these disordered confused orientations. The Church is supposed to change the culture not change with the culture. To think your programs are encouraging this trendy exploration is abusive. We absolutely need to love all people while speaking and living the Truth of the Gospel. Notre Dame’s promotion of the distortion of the human person and his or her sexuality is leading students into sin by a cowardly acceptance of what is trending in the culture. Notre Dame is encouraging this disordered exploration. The Church didn’t just get it right now after 2,000 years. I’ve heard so many stories of young people who regret going along with these trends..now their hearts are broken, their bodies mutilated (along with so many horrific side effects of drugs taken) and the souls damaged and hungering for authentic love.

  2. When the psychological essence of a human person as a beloved son or daughter is not consistent with the biological, essence of a beloved son or daughter, a disorder exists.
    The way to remedy this situation, in The Spirit Of Life-affirming and Life-sustaining Authentic Love is not to deny the inherent Dignity of that beloved son or daughter, by the mutilation of their body, but rather by loving that beloved son or daughter enough so that they in turn can come to love themselves in their true essence, heal their wounds, and no longer desire to reject their true essence as a beloved son or daughter. Pray for those who suffer because they do not yet know the Love God Has for them.
    J.M.J.

  3. Christ said: “be in the world but not of the world.” Today, the world is, unfortunately, very secular and non Christian. Check the pews in your parish they are not as full as 10 or 20 years ago. In America our, “In God We Trust,” is not believed or acted upon in public life. These young priests are just falling into the culture downward spiral of America in general. Point out their stupidity, yes. It is the cultural stupidity of the entire Nation being led by foolish political leadership and thought. It is totally not Catholic not ever Christian. It is, in fact, diabolical,” beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Hold Notre Dames Feet to the fire, yes, as this university must lead as a traditional, Catholic first, University. We are not independent, free thinking, materially oriented University but an beacon of the mystical body of Christ through the Catholic Church period. Pray the Rosary. Daniel Mitchell 61

  4. “Modernism, dating to the second half of the 19th century and condemned by Pope St. Pius X in “Pascendi Dominici Gregis” is dubbed the “synthesis of all heresies.”

    This is because “Modernism”, denies The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, and thus The Divinity Of The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, Father, Son, And Holy Ghost, making it appear as if it is possible to have Sacramental Communion without Ecclesial Communion, and that it is possible to have more than One Word Of God Made Flesh, and thus The Word Of God Made Flesh could serve in opposition to God, which is Apostasy.

    Prayers that Bishop Rhodes will rectify this dire situation out of respect for The Sanctity of the marital act within The Sacrament Of Holy Matrimony, And thus out of
    respect for the inherent Dignity of every beloved son and daughter.

    J.M.J.

  5. Has Bishop Rhodes been alerted to this? As Bishop, he should issue an appropriate clarification and instruct Notre Dame to accurately present Church teaching on sexual morality to new students going forward.

    • Just so. The bishop does receive our bulletins. More precisely, the bishop’s office does. We will try to make sure that he actually sees the recent ones in particular.

      • It is truly sad that so many of you are not practicing what Jesus taught: love, compassion, and inclusion.
        The Catholic Church dies NOT teach it is sinful to be gay, bi-sexual or transgender. You just cannot engage in same sex sex. Transgender people can dress and identify according to their gender identity.. no problem! They can’t have genital surgery, which is against Vhurch teaching.
        So many Catholics are discriminating against lgbtq brethren. Shame on those who spread that intolerance! Stop promoting hatred and unacceptable against those who are born with same-sex orientation!!!

        • The timeless teachings of the Church’s Magisterium reflect Natural Law. Same sex attraction and, gender dysphoria are disordered from Natural Law.

          We should love the sinner, but hate the sin and pray that the sinner repents.

          When Jesus saved the prostitute from stoning, he forgave her and then told her “Go and sin no more”

          Biology is not Bigotry!

        • Joe, I don’t see your point reflected in our bulletin. We have never promoted the message that it is “sinful to be gay” — which it is not. Or that being transgender is “no problem” — which it is. In fact, we frequently reference the companion sections of the catechism (below) that teach to the disordered nature of homosexual acts and the call to accept those with this tendency with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. The views on sex and gender promoted by the video that we are discussing in this bulletin directly contradict Church teaching. And they do so while taking cover under fatuous claim of defending against discrimination. It is scandalous in the most basic way. Therefore, I would redirect your shaming to the University instead of Sycamore.

          2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

          2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

          • Chastity and homosexuality

            2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

            2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

            2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

            http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c2a6.htm
            This is the corrected version of The Catholic Catechism by Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who also stated, in regards to https://www.drbo.org/chapter/01001.htm
            “It is now becoming clear that the very notion of being—of what being human really means—is being called into question.

            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’s Christmas Address 2012

          • While it is true that it is not sinful to have a disordered inclination, as all of us have disordered inclinations of various types and degree, it is a sin to not desire to overcome our disordered inclinations, and become transformed through Salvational Love, God’s Gift Of Grace and Mercy.
            For we can know through both our Catholic Faith and reason, that if it were true that it is Loving and Merciful that we remain in our sins and not desire to overcome our sinful inclinations and not become transformed through our acceptance of Salvation Salvational Love, God’s Gift Of Grace And Mercy, Poured Out For Us On The Cross, we would not need Our Only Savior, Jesus The Christ.

  6. Why does Authentic Love matter?

    While at The End Of The Day, This Is A Great Mystery,

    God Is Perfect Life-affirming and Life-sustaining Salvational Love.
    Love Exists In Relationship.
    Love Is Trinitarian; The Lover, The Beloved, And The Ordered Communion Of Perfect Complementary Love Between The Lover And The Beloved; The Beloved And The Lover.
    Love Is Not Possessive, Nor Is Love Coercive, Nor Does Love Serve To Manipulate For The Sake Of Self-Gratification. Love Serves Only For The Good Of The Persons Existing In A Relationship Of Authentic Love.

    Love is ordered to the inherent personal and relational Dignity of the persons existing in a relationship of Love, and is devoid of lust, which is Love’s antithesis.

    A man is not Called to Love his wife in the same manner as he is Called to Love his daughter, or his son, or his sister, or his brother, or his mother, or his father, or his friend.

    The desire to reorder man according to sexual desire, inclination, orientation, first and foremost, sexually objectifies the human person, in direct violation of God’s Commandment regarding lust and the sin of adultery.

    We are, first and foremost beloved sons and daughters who, although we are complementary in nature, possess inherent equal Dignity.

    We can know through both Faith and reason that regardless of our desires or inclinations, the desire to engage in a demeaning act of any nature, does not change the essence of the demeaning act, and no person can claim that because we desire to engage in a demeaning act, that act can be transformed into an act of Love.

    https://www.drbo.org/chapter/01001.htm

    https://www.drbo.org/chapter/01002.htm

    https://www.drbo.org/chapter/01002.htm

    “It is now becoming clear that the very notion of being—of what being human really means—is being called into question.

    “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’s Christmas Address 2012

    “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 (Filioque ) exists.

    “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. ”

    “Hail The Cross, Our Only Hope.”

    “Come Holy Ghost.”

    Dear Blessed Mother Mary, Destroyer Of All Heresy, Who Through Your Fiat, Affirmed The Filioque, 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), hear our Prayer

  7. Daniel P Collins MD '53 September 7, 2022 at 10:22 am

    “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

  8. Wake up, you faithful, and call them Freshmen!

    What immediately jumped out at me is the unquestioning adoption of gender inclusive language in the title and body of this bulletin. The term “first year student” is thrown about without anyone seeming to bat an eye. Oh, the irony of an article which bemoans the the pushing of “inclusive language” having adopted that very language itself. Don’t you know why the term “freshman” was taken out of use?? If not see this link: https://www.cbsnews.com/philadelphia/news/penn-state-approves-to-stop-using-freshman-sophomore-terms-and-others-due-to-male-centric-academic-history/.

    Leftists know that if they scream something loudly enough and long enough we’ll all forget that there was ever any other way.

    • Point taken – however, the training requirement imposed on the students is for more than just incoming Freshmen. It is a requirement of all undergraduate students who are in their first year at Notre Dame. We could have ben more precise. But, let me add that it is one thing to be inclusive of imaginary things that are designed to cancel out the differences between men and women and that, as Benedict XVI puts it, “reflect an anthropology opposed to faith and to right reason.” It is quite another thing to be inclusive of men and women. Thank you for your comment.

  9. What ever happened to the Gospel exhortation “the Truth will set you free” ?
    John 8:32.

    As a West Point Grad I see the dark clouds of the “Dictatorship of Relativism” casting a light obscuring shadow and shedding torrents of acid rain upon all that was once True, Good, and Beautiful. Human identity is being disfigured.

    The burning and destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should serve as a wakeup call. We can still rebuild, if the foundation of stone remains. Once that stone is corrosively dissolved into sand, well then, all bets are off.

  10. EXTREMELY disappointed in reading this and hearing of Notre Dame Catholic University promoting these unbiblical ideas!!!

  11. Jesus never utters the words “It’s no big deal” in the Gospels. Notre Dame has chosen the earthly woken path instead of heavenly Truth “male and female He created them.” The Blessed Mother must be so sad right now. The Truth will win out, but it has a more difficult path without the help of great Catholic universities like Notre Dame proclaiming God’s Truth, and avoiding being bullied by the vocal minority woke mob.

  12. Context is critical. The first video with Rev. Olinger seems disappointing because complete teaching seems to be minimized. But perhaps follow-up comments may have clarified Church teaching.

    The second video seemed more troubling. There seemed to be no values associated with the definitions. Yet the definitions seem accurate according to my exposure to popular culture.

    The third video about the unfortunate woman indicating she had same-sex liaisons was most troubling. In my view this is most serious because there are expressions about behavior that is gravely wrong. I do not see how I can say I love others if I am unwilling to warn them of grave danger. Danger to their happiness now and for eternity. Unless this video was followed with clear teaching of the gravity of the actions discussed it was troubling.

  13. Wow. Ironically, I’m not an alum, but I am a first-year student at Saint Mary’s College, the all-girls college right across the street from Notre Dame, and SMC is very liberal, and could possibly be worse than ND. We were never shown any of these topic videos during orientation. I’m a traditional Catholic, and I absolutely love my Faith. I have also found that I cannot trust my soul with one CSC priest here. But coming from a iberal Catholic high school where I had to resort to keeping my Faith under the wrapper, I now realize that they are so far gone in catering to absolutely everyone that I can openly practice my Faith, without them shoving their
    “liberal new Catholicisim” down my throat, and not one classmate will bother me about it. Most of my professors are very liberal, but my class is quite the opposite, or just apathetic/uneducated. Likely the latter. Childen of Mary/Militia of the Immaculata are both ND groups to be commended, especially Children of Mary for insisting that the TLM be celebrated here on campus. Please keep our students in your prayers. We need them. Thank you so much in advance!

    • Prayers for your first year at Saint Mary’s; so disheartening to hear your comments, but so encouraging to see a young Catholic who is resisting the culture’s grasp. Stand strong…the Church so desperately needs your witness to the TRUTH, and your courage. May St. Joan of Arc be your guide and companion!! 🙂

    • Yes. Stay connected to those student groups. They are two that we continue to support and recommend at Sycamore. There are others, of course — as well as communities of devout and dedicated Catholic students, faithful and courageous teachers who support the truth of Catholicism in their classrooms, and other Catholic resources in the area that make it possible still to say that a first rate Catholic education remains available at Notre Dame to those who chose carefully. We hope the same is true at Saint Mary’s. It’s something that is truly worth fighting for and we are deeply grateful to you and your colleagues for keeping the resistance fired up on both campuses. God bless.

  14. Since Notre Dame is no longer Catholic it should change its name to something more suitable like Nancy Pelosi College or Biden University as, obviously, Notre Dame is no more Catholic than they are. “Catholic in name only” is something that the Catholic Church can no longer tolerate. “CINO’s” must go! We are in a war to save our Catholic faith and it is time to take out the trash!

  15. Michael Frederick Baker September 6, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Since Notre Dame is no longer Catholic it should change its name to something more suitable like Nancy Pelosi College or Biden University as, obviously, Notre Dame is no more Catholic than they are. “Catholic in name only” is something that the Catholic Church can no longer tolerate. “CINO’s” must go! We are in a war to save our Catholic faith and it is time to take out the trash!

  16. Why use letters of abbreviation for these disorders? You know it’s wrong and are personally ashamed of the truth! Because of your actions and disobedience, you have been given over to these ignorant lusts. When it all comes crashing down, do not ask why or what happened! You will carry the blame and burden. Until then I pray you return to the foundation on our creator.

  17. Marshall W. Sprigg III September 5, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    The purpose of the Church is NOT inclusivity. Christ knew that his teachings would be divisive, in some cases setting family members against each other. Just as parents must sometimes use tough love to correct their children, the Church must sometimes use tough love to help its members enter into a right relationship with God. The Gospel is not supposed to be dumbed down.

    Yet the ND administration thinks that it is no longer sufficient to love the sinner; we must now celebrate the sin. ND’s administration should recall the words of Jesus: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6

  18. Ann Hesenius - Stonehill Alum ( sister CSC school) September 5, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    The video she says she just wants to have a”healthy, FUN relationship”!?!…Her primary priority/outlook on this subject needs a major revision.

  19. We need to pray for Fr. Ollinger like so many malformed clerics and prelates that work against the truth in the light of day. Modernists hold the levers of power and influence at Notre Dame, as they do in the Church at large. As Archbishop Vigano has remarked, the authentic Catholic Church is now in eclipse.

    As Pius X, St. Pope JPII and Benedict XVI have asserted clearly – relativism is the greatest threat to humanity. And yet here at Notre Dame, the manifest modernists chip away at truth through an anthropocentric focus in order to please the powers of the world – to be ranked by an academy that hates the Catholic Church. The insidious spawn of this ideology is the gender identity movement. This is the crown jewel to the destruction of the family as saints and mystics have warned.

    Yet Notre Dame is rushing to embrace the modernist Catholicism of the Bergolian Church that runs from its former beauty. The authentic magisterium has not changed, but only the advent of more Judases set on crucifying our blessed Lord again.

    For Notre Dame to bring forward this kind distortion of God’s truth though a Catholic priest will have severe spiritual consequences and open up more demonic portals onto campus. I pray that this approach will be reversed and that exorcists will be called in. I pray for the conversion of our priests and bishops. I tremble at the thought of their judgment day. Notre Dame, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis.

  20. Training video is cringeworthy to quote my son. I wish It was as simple as wanting to be treated like everyone else. Nothing like being ostracised because you won’t put a pride sticker on your door to make your gay RA happy. And don’t get me started about this cisgender nonsense.

  21. Michael Vernon, ND Parent 2014, 2015 September 5, 2022 at 10:43 am

    For the repentant, Jesus said ” You are forgiven. Go and sin no more.”

  22. Jack Bergen ‘77 September 5, 2022 at 9:55 am

    What part of “ground our actions in love” is wrong?

  23. How insulting to Our Lady to take this approach under her mantle. What garbage. Why is the administration not concerned about promoting the virtue of purity? How many high-ranking administrators have malicious intentions? The problem with Duffy is that she becomes more complicit the longer the silence continues. “The devil is capable of confusing the most brilliant mind.” – St. Padre Pio

  24. I believe the governing principle is “Hate the sin, love the sinner”. It appears to me that the University’s inclusion/diversity/equity etc. apparatchiks are excusing (if not encouraging) the sin. I’m afraid the ND’s downward spiral vis a vis the faith is becoming irreversible. That’s why I now contribute to the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

    Brian Deuby ‘72

  25. Charles w. watson September 5, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Ist Corinthians 5 chapter,Saint Paul gives instruction about yeast.Olinger should be given to Satin just as Paul
    speaks.Clean him and others out with new Yeast. Taking action against him and others should be the reaction for such spousals and let be known that it will happen again if repeated.If words of rejection are only
    used, he and many others who defy the Faith will continue their assault on the faith!

  26. Mark McGowan ‘71 and Ann McGowan SMC ‘72 September 4, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Other culturally conditioned beliefs inappropriately deemed “church teachings”in addition to those cited above by Mr. Brophy, include those that supported 200 years of crusades and the persecution as heretics of those that did not believe the planet earth to be the center of the universe.

    If Church leadership has been forgiven for the times it has lost sight of Jesus’ simple but profound message of love, we must at least not forget that these errors will continue to occur where the power of the Holy Spirit is not allowed to inspire a ever broader and more inclusive world view.

  27. My guess is Father Olinger is a sympathetic homo sexual himself.

  28. Eugene Dixon '69 MBA September 4, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Fortunately, ND still has a football team which likely has negligible gender confusion. Do some players have LGBTQ roommates?

    I can understand letters to Fr. Jenkins . . . but Dolly Duffy ? . . . she is powerless.

    • Certainly a letter to Fr Jenkins is warranted, as is one to the Trustees, but Ms. Duffy is at least formally responsible for the actions of the NDAA described in the Open Letter and, most importantly, has violated the most basic obligations of her office by ignoring dozens of letters from alumni about these events. As you will have seen, a copy of the letter will go to Fr Jenkins on the assumption that in fact he caused the NDAA to act as it has. We circulated the letter to Ms. Duffy because at that time the actions of the NDAA were most prominent. After that chapter is closed, it will be time to consider other actions. Bill Dempsey

  29. The key phrase here is “church teaching,” since what some people define as church teaching may not be rooted in the creed or scripture. Culturally conditioned beliefs that become tangled in church attitudes and statements in a particular era are not the same as fundamental doctrine. Slavery and usury are two examples; there are more. The attempt to throw the blanket of “church teaching” over such beliefs discounts the role of the Holy Spirit in the church, can be divisive in the short term and in the end is a disservice to authentic church teaching.

    • Ken Catalano, '79 September 4, 2022 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you for such a fine and concise example of the Modernist heresy in 2022 terms. Although the argument you offer reflects the thinking of many theologians and bishops, reaching to the highest levels in the Church, this does not mean that the argument is true, or any less of a heresy. It only serves to accentuate the dire state of the Church today. Most people are not even aware of it since we have all, to a lesser or greater degree “drunk the Kool-Aid” of Modernism.

      Modernism, dating to the second half of the 19th century and condemned by Pope St. Pius X in “Pascendi Dominici Gregis” is dubbed the “synthesis of all heresies.” This heresy does not attack any particular doctrine, but attacks the origin and nature of all doctrine. The mode and expression of Modernism varies greatly from decade to decade, but the belief of the Modernist is the same: Catholic doctrine has to be continuously updated to keep it in sync with current-day popular belief and practice. In summary, Modernism attempts to change the timeless teaching of the Church into the teaching of the “Church of What’s Happening Now.”

    • Matt class of 2003 September 15, 2022 at 9:01 pm

      Neither usury nor slavery are so simple. Church teaching, fundamentally, doesn’t change. What appears to be change isn’t, at the deepest level. John Henry Newman is essential here

  30. JJ let’s all of this happen. He, and his LGBTQ acolytes are a disgrace to his religion, his country and and his university.. God, Country, Notre Dame forever

  31. Absolutely outrageous. Where are the other CSCs? Is Father Miscamble the only defender of the faith among the ND clergy?

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