Another betrayal - "Catholic" in name only colleges

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Notre Dame's Father Jenkins insists that Catholics should welcome Obama at commencement to "further dialogue" and yet he refuses to dialogue with his own students.

His hypocrisy speaks volumes.

NOTRE DAME, Indiana, April 15, 2009 ( - In a private letter addressed to a coalition of 12 campus groups and organizations, University of Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins denied students' requests for dialogue regarding the University's invitation of President Obama to speak and receive an honorary degree at this year's commencement exercises.

Responding to a letter sent to him by representatives of the ND Response coalition on April 7th, the University's president wrote that "conditions for constructive dialogue simply do not exist," and said that students could disregard his earlier invitations to meet with him.

In their letter to Fr. Jenkins, the student leaders of ND Response had expressed hesitancy to accept the parameters of a meeting he outlined in an email to ND Response on March 27th. President Jenkins had offered to hold a closed-door meeting with 25 members of the coalition.
The student group, however, requested that the meeting be held in a large classroom and open to all members of the coalition groups.

The students also asked that the University affirm its "commitment to defending human life in its most vulnerable stages" before any meeting, outlining some steps the school might take to recuperate and guard its reputation and agenda on life issues.

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For excellent coverage, cutting analysis and truly Catholic commentary of the landslide of every letter written to or about Fr. Jenkins/Notre SHAME by Archbishops, Cardinals, Canon Lawyers and illustrious religious see these LINKS.

"Catholic" in name only college scandals are prevalent. This disease is festering as St. Joseph is also in the news.

The Cardinal Newman Society keeps track of colleges FAITHFUL to the Magisterium.


Christine said...

I have signed the petition twice now.

Thank you again for all the research you do.

Arley said...

I am not suprised...Pope Benedict made a statement when he was here in the US, encouraging Catholic parents to home school, not even the so called Catholic schools are acceptable anymore. I believe it!!!

Therese said...

Thanks for keeping us updated on this one! I am proud to say that my alma mater (University of Dallas) is on the Newman Society's list faithful to the Magisterium!

Melissa said...

I signed the petition at
Last night I was catching up on listening to Catholic Answers Live podcasts when I heard an excellent interview with Patrick Reilly, the president of the Cardinal Newman Society and I believe the creator of the notredamescandal site, about this scandal. It was very interesting. The podcast is episode CAL 090408 Patrick Reilly; The Notre Dame Scandal, which can be found on iTunes.
Thanks for keeping us all up-to-date on this story.

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