Sunday, April 29, 2012

RIGHT-TO-LIFE "LITE" AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

We have something very poignant from Dr. Dan Boland that really needs to be put out there.  The name of this post is the title of the piece from Bill Dotterwich who was there.  Here is the article in its entirety from Dr. Boland.

RIGHT-TO-LIFE  "LITE"  AT  THE  UNIVERSITY  OF  NOTRE DAME
Last Wednesday, April 25, at a dinner attended by hundreds of pro-life advocates from across the United States, the second annual Evangelium Vitae medal, recognizing outstanding service in the defense of human life, was awarded to Helen Alvare, an internationally recognized and acclaimed right-to-life activist.  The dinner was held at the University of Notre Dame, following a Mass celebrated in the Sacred Heart Basilica by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend.  In only its second year, the Evangelium Vitae medal has gained national recognition at least on a par with the Laetare medal.
Sadly (and tellingly), not a single representative of the Notre Dame administration or the board of trustees attended the event, although all had been invited.  Most ignored the invitation, not even offering the courtesy of a reply.  Those that replied offered no reason for declining the invitation.  The Notre Dame publicity machine carefully sidestepped the event, both on the ND website and in its daily news bulletins.
This reaction is symptomatic of the state of pro-life affairs at Notre Dame.  There is a core of militant right-to-life activism at Notre Dame, sustained largely in the Student  RTL club, the Center for Ethics and Culture, the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life, and certain individuals who have the courage to swim upstream in the river of popular culture.  To the greatest degree, however, any pro-life mantle which the administration may claim can be characterized as “pro-life lite”, a position that professes belief in the sacredness and value of all born and unborn life, but which avoids evangelizing that belief, and does not framework daily decisions against that belief.  “Pro-life lite” advocates are unwilling to make the cultural tradeoffs that militancy demands, or to risk their standing (in the case of ND, read U.S. News and World Report rankings) in the eyes of the secular world.  At Notre Dame, it seems that the real University position on right-to-life activism is one of tolerance, not support, and one of “whole cloth” (corporal works of mercy, etc.) rather than a particular concern for the unborn.  Certain minimal University manifestations of right-to-life support seem therefore to be born mainly of public relations interests.  If right-to-life affairs received a tenth of the focus and funding that gender and sexual identity matters get at Notre Dame, the University could perhaps assert some sort of leadership role in pro-life activism that would justify a claim of thriving Catholic Character.  Instead, right to life activism has been largely marginalized, even to the point of withdrawing funding from the Center for Ethics and Culture.
In the final analysis, the core of Catholic identity must be a brave and unwavering commitment to the defense of all human life, and especially the unborn and newly born, who are uniquely defenseless.  Currently, there are many descriptive phrases that come to mind when Notre Dame is mentioned, but “pro-life” is not one of them.  The pro-life student leaders on campus arrive at Notre Dame already formed that way, by their families, parish life, and prior schools.  Few “conversions” to right-to-life activism occur at Notre Dame.
This will all change when the leadership at Notre Dame decides to become militantly pro-life, not just benignly pro life.  Is there not a single trustee or fellow who sees this, and will speak up?  So far, it appears not.
Were the Notre Dame administration to step up and adopt a militant and evangelistic right-to-life character which backdropped all its daily decisions,  including those involving the composition of the faculty, questions about the declining Catholic character of Notre Dame would soon disappear.  Use of the bully pulpit of the Notre Dame presidency to publicly and consistently advocate for the protection of the unborn would be the most Catholic thing the University could do, and would be recognized as such by the public, thereby validating any administration claim to a position of national Catholic leadership.

 
Daniel M. Boland, PhD


Monday, April 2, 2012

Notre Dame Awards Grants for Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Marriage Internships... Once Again From Dr. Boland

Again Notre Dame shows how Non-Catholic it has become.  The really bad part about it is Fr. Jenkins is not at all remorseful...but then anyone who would give an honorary degree to the most abortion-loving president this country has ever known can't be Catholic, can he?  Article follows:

Notre Dame Awards Grants for Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Marriage Internships

A grant program at the University of Notre Dame has paid expenses for students interning at organizations that advocate abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
The Gender Studies Program at Notre Dame offers competitive grants through its Boehnen Fund for Excellence in Gender Studies to undergraduate students who have secured unpaid summer internships to “gain valuable work experience.” Student applicants must make “a persuasive case” for funding to help offset living expenses while working full-time without pay. Typical awards are $2,500.
Notre Dame’s website identifies grant recipients who worked at the Minnesota Women’s Consortium in 2010, the New England chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and the Resource Center Dallas in 2009, and the National Organization for Women in 2008.
Both the Minnesota Women’s Consortium and the National Organization for Women are pro-abortion organizations, and both also support same-sex marriage. NOW’s activism is well-known, but evidence of its radical agenda can be found here.
As for the Consortium, the Notre Dame website readily acknowledges that the Consortium’s members include Planned Parenthood. But Notre Dame does not reveal other members including Compassion & Choices of Minnesota (an advocate for physician-assisted suicide), the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, National Organization for Women-Minnesota, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, Pro-Choice Resources, and others. The Consortium’s board of directors includes representatives from NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and National Organization for Women-Minnesota.
The Consortium’s “Women’s Action Plan” includes several “possible actions” in support of “reproductive freedom,” including support for federal family planning initiatives, upholding Roe v. Wade, opposing constitutional amendments and legislation restricting abortion, and support for “pro-choice” candidates. The plan proposes action to oppose a state effort to amend the constitution in support of marriage and urges “legal recognition for same-sex couples”.
Worst of all, the Consortium’s website actually provides contact information to obtain ”abortion services“.
The Anti-Defamation League has supported same-sex marriage. Notre Dame describes the student’s internship as combatting “sexism, racism and heterosexism.”
The Resource Center Dallas, which serves area homosexual residents, also supports same-sex marriage. In 2012 it has been lobbying Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to support the demise of the family (see here and here and here).
These new revelations–previously noted by blogger Kathy Schiffer–follow earlier concerns that Notre Dame’s website touts past internships of political science students at the pro-abortion Feminist Majority Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, Human Rights Watch, and more. That listing titled “Summer Internship Opportunities” remains on Notre Dame’s website with the disclaimer, “Listing here does not constitute an endorsement of the mission of [sic] agenda of these organizations by the department or the University.” Pontius Pilate couldn’t have said it better.
Notre Dame’s Office of the President has issued emails attacking TFP, which revealed the website listing last month, because TFP incorrectly claimed that Notre Dame “offers pro-abortion ‘internship opportunities.’” In fact, as the University clarified, it does not “offer” the internships but instead identifies past internships that students may have secured independent of the University. Absent from the emails is any assurance from President Father John Jenkins, CSC, that the University will erase inappropriate internships from the website.
 
Daniel M. Boland, PhD