We have now studied the Agreement that ended the ND88 criminal prosecutions. Together with the preceding events, it tells an instructive story that we recount in this bulletin.
|SOUTH BEND, IN — The obvious question is why the University reversed course after two years of supporting the prosecutions. The University seems to suggest that it acted out of compassion and its pro-life commitment. |
This is what happened prior to the Agreement:
The imminent filing of damage suits against the University; dozens of criminal jury trials with sympathetic defendants one after the other in the dock; cross-examination of Notre Dame personnel respecting the treatment of pro-Obama and pro-gay and anti-military demonstrators and a full range of other issues; a drumbeat of adverse publicity from pro-life sources stretching over years; the real possibility of acquittals; and a battery of civil damage trials with uncertain outcomes.The settlement ended all of this. It is simply not credible to suppose that the driving force for the University was a suddenly awakened desire to reconcile rather than a desire to put an end to the risks the future held.
Indeed, to suppose that the University’s purpose in seeking leniency for defendants was to “reconcile” with its “brothers and sisters in the faith” whose pro-life convictions it shares would be to suppose that Fr. Jenkins authorized precisely what he said he could not, i.e. the application of “one set of rules for causes we oppose and another more lenient set for causes we support.”
Rather, the core provisions of the Agreement evidence the parties’ vital interests. The University traded its promise to intervene with the prosecutor for the defendants’ promise not to sue the University.
While this was a prudent and welcome decision by the University, the time had long past when the University could have earned praise for acting compassionately toward these pro-life defendants.
There is one other feature of the Agreement worth noting: Not only did the University exact a promise from defendants and counsel not to “disparage or criticize” the agreement, but the agreement even forbids counsel for defendants from making “any comment which is inconsistent with the spirit of this Agreement,” whatever that might be. One wonders exactly what criticism the University wants to still.
We will await reports on reconciliation and dialogue. Since Fr. Jenkins has declared that he would recommend the honoring of President Obama if he had it to do over again, plainly there can be no reconciliation on the issue that divided the parties. Perhaps nevertheless these promises can somehow be better realized than was the expectation of “engagement” with President Obama that was raised as warrant for honoring him. Still, the recent appointment to the Board of Trustees of Roxanne Martino, a benefactor of the important pro-abortion organization Emily's List, suggests that these promises too may remain unfulfilled.
Please feel free to go to The Sycamore Trust for more information on their ongoing battles with the non-faithful Congregation of Holy Cross and the fate of Notre Dame. God knows they can use your help.
Jesus Is Lord!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
What's Happened To The "Infamous" ND 88? (Notre Dame Trespassers)
For those of you who might have been asleep or otherwise occupied in '09, Notre Dame had Obama as it's graduation speaker. (I didn't know they had enough room for the teleprompters). The firestorm this lit off at The Cardinal Newman Society, Catholic Diocese and Parishes, and other groups, ended up with a lot of people being arrested for 'trespassing' as Fr. Jenkins, President of ND, had said. Well, it seems something has changed from then until now. Here, in it's entirety, is the latest from The Sycamore Trust in regard to the infamous "ND88".