Friday, November 14, 2014

Fr. Jenkins, lesbian leprechauns, and the gayification of Notre Dame

Notre Dame "is a Catholic university and endorses a Catholic view of marriage," [but] "it will follow the relevant civil law and begin to implement this change immediately." -Father John Jenkins from his startling statement that Notre Dame will now provide health care and other financial benefits to gay as well as traditional, opposite-sex married student couples
The haste with which it was done and its being announced without serious consideration of the legal implications is not only deeply troubling but also revelatory of the direction of the current Notre Dame administration. Notre Dame has made no effort to stand for the truth about marriage but has supinely conformed to a deeply flawed understanding of this crucial institution. -Father Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.  
My father and me on Father's Day, 6-15-14.
My father, James O'Toole, died on October 15, ending our time of rooting for the Fighting Irish and fighting to save Notre Dame together, at least here on earth. I hope and pray (especially in light of Notre Dame president John Jenkins' recent dastardly decision to financially support Notre Dame's gay marriages) that he is still fighting this fight in heaven. Lord knows the school needs it.

The latest chapter in the continuing sickening saga of Jenkins leading Notre Dame away from the Catholic faith is aptly summed up for Her loyal sons and daughters by Notre Dame law school's professor, Gerard V. Bradley. A leading expert on religious liberty law, Bradley joined this indictment, stating that the University "has not identified the 'relevant civil law,' much less has it explained its decision to comply with it," and that there are "ample legal and constitutional rights" Notre Dame could invoke "to give witness to the truth about marriage." Bradley continues:

Sadly, Notre Dame seems to have forgotten, or ignored, the solemn warning of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, which wrote (with Pope John Paul II's express approval) in 2003: "In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized ... clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application...

It is especially tragic that Notre Dame, which occupies a unique place as a flagship of American Catholicism, should ... without a whisper of resistance or even protest, rush to comply with such an unjust law. Notre Dame's easy compliance will scandalize many Catholics and demoralize even more. Those who are fighting to evict the truth about marriage from our country's laws are no doubt celebrating Notre Dame's action this morning.  

Jenkins' cave-in would be like the Fighting Irish football team going to Florida State and saying, "In times past we might try to beat the top team in the nation with five of our top players suspended, but this, after all, is 2014, so we'll just put on a little show with our cool uniforms and pretty gold helmets and call it the Seminoles' night." The fact that the Irish did beat the Seminoles, until perhaps the most blatant hometown call in twenty some years took the game away from Notre Dame, proves that there is still some remnant Catholic identity to the team, and that many Southern fans (and refs) still hate them for it.

Of course, the five academic suspensions (not to mention a Notre Dame wide receiver taking a risque selfie with a porn star, an "angle" I'll consider in a later article) shows that all is not right with the Notre Dame football team—a situation Jenkins must take some credit for as well. For when your actions proclaim "the Catholic faith is (at this writing) still the University's religion and contains some very good teachings, but only a saint could live all its laws so I can't expect anyone to follow all of its rules," some players will no doubt apply this philosophy to themselves, concluding, "forcing football players to take legitimate academic courses looks good on paper, but he can't expect us to pass them all without a little ... extra help." Much to their surprise, in this case (if not that of the player dating the porn star, who remains unpunished) the hypocritical president who had no trouble cheating on his obligations as a priest, had no trouble punishing the players who cheated on their obligations as students.

As it turned out, Jenkins' lack of moral credibility was even further eroded when another Catholic college, St. Francis University, stated it found no "relevant civil law" that forced Father's gay hand, and challenged him to find one. Instead, Jenkins the Justify-er now sagely explains it doesn't matter whether or not such a law exists, since providing this support contributes to a "community of love." "Our abiding goal," states the University president-priest who has yet to find a Catholic dogma he couldn't dodge, "is to build a less imperfect community of love." In his pomposity, Jenkins once again fails to realize that "love" without Truth is like parenting without discipline or coaching without correction, and his "community of love" is nothing more than a twenty-first century, gay version of the 1960s "free love" commune, which in the end brought neither love nor freedom to its inhabitants.

Having formally welcomed gay lovers to the academic community at Notre Dame, Jenkins will now turn his attention to the team. Knowing that sports, especially Fighting Irish football, is still an important symbol of his "community of love" (which us old-schoolers still nostalgically refer to as "Notre Dame") Jenkins appears ready to apply his gay touch to the team. Despite the objections of several thousand "traditionalists," Jenkins changed admission to the band's Irish Guard, making the iconic group that for seventy-five years consisted only of those students that stood at least 6'2", open to anyone. A "small" gesture to be sure, but one wonders if this is only the beginning. For if the present trend away from Church teaching and toward gay celebration continues at Notre Dame, we will soon see a "couple" of gay Guards leading out the band, their once stoic walk replaced by a sprightly, holding-hands skip. Meanwhile, leading the team out of the tunnel will be none other than a lesbian Leprechaun, dancing a decadent Irish jig while sporting a beard that looks all too real. And, believe you me, that is a sight my dad is glad he did not live to see.

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