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Three fundamental concerns are driving the formation of the new citizens organization:

I. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on all businesses and property owners, with a particularly negative impact on faith- based and faith-inspired businesses and property owners.

II. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on every citizen's constitutionally protected rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.

III. The negative impact of the practice of homosexuality on the individuals who practice it and on the rest of the society.

The main multifaceted emphasis of the group is to defend Traditional Marriage as 'between one man and one woman', to respond to the controversy at the University of Notre Dame regarding homosexual activism at several levels, to respond to 'special rights for homosexuals' ordinances as they come forward in the Region and to facilitate help and ministry for those suffering from the ill effects of the homosexual lifestyle. See www.VictimAssistance.info.

Please write and call Notre Dame President Fr. Jenkins to reconsider his tragic decision and to protect the Notre Dame Family from the misguided efforts of those who would promote homosexuality ( ND QUEER Film Festival & Gender Relations Center materials and rainbow materials ) and vulgar expressions of the arts (Vagina Monologues) in the name of the University dedicated to the holiness of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Contact information for Father Jenkins and the University Board of Trustees can be found here.
UPDATE:     BATTLE FOR HEART & SOUL of NOTRE DAME PETITION (PDF file) << click here for details >>
4/28/08 - Values Discussion takes center stage . . . The Observer
The CCV NoSpecialRights.net Task Force has been raising questions about Notre Dame President John Jenkins' faithfulness to Congregation of the Holy Cross Founder, Fr. Moreau's Promise: "the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart". Now in a rare forum ND President, Fr. Jenkins, SMC President Carol Ann Mooney, & Holy Cross President, Br. Richard Gilman are putting "values" discussion front and center . . . Read more...
4/18/08 - Saint Mary's College Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership sponsors 'South Bend Monologues' . . . South Bend Tribune
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4/17/08 - Homosexual Special Rights Activist Catherine Pittman Exports Campus Controversy to Community in "South Bend Community Monologues"
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4/17/08 - Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) at Notre Dame launches special rights effort for homosexuals. The Irish Rover
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4/10/08 - Outgoing Dean Approves Vulgar Play
Outgoing Notre Dame Dean of the College of Arts & Letters Mark Roche approves vulgar Vagina Monologues in last 100 days as Dean . . . Successor to take over July 1, 2008. Read more...
4/11/08 - Vagina Monologues Warp Truth at VU, Dr. Susan Shearer, The Torch Newspaper, Valparaiso Unioversity
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3/28/08 - Notre Dame and Jenkins not keeping Faith with Moreau's Promise, by entertaining Vulgarity Patrick Mangan, ND '80
The younger members of the Notre Dame Family do not need to be protected as much from sexual activists like Ensler and the GLBT movement, as they need to be protected from educators who think that entertaining vulgarity and embracing sexual activism is a sign of sophistication rather than capitulation to the base culture of modern society.

"We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for Heaven."-Moreau, Circular Letter 36

We agree with Moreau. At Citizens for Community Values of Indiana, it is our intention to continue to address the toughest issues of our time to protect young people from the harms of sexual confusion and abuse, no matter how controversial the issue. Some things are too important to compromise. The sexual health and wholeness of our children is one of those uncompromisable issues.

Notre Dame should live up to the wholehearted pledge of Moreau. The Bishops understand this and that is why they are being "instructive" to Notre Dame's entire family with their principled actions. The question we must all ask is "If Notre Dame is not a good place for Bishops to gather, how can we send our children there? " -- Patrick Mangan, ND'80 Read more...


3/27/08 - Susan Biddle Shearer: "Play's Intent is to Shock and Desensitize" -- University's Defense is "Absurd" -- South Bend Tribune
One is hard-pressed to determine what, if any, "academic merit" may be found in this piece of tripe. It additionally lacks any academic relevance to the departments sponsoring this year's production: anthropology, sociology and, astoundingly, political science. Moreover, the suggestion that "reasoned and respectful exchanges" which are "the hallmark of a great university" may ensue from its performance is absurd.

The play's intent is to shock and desensitize while relentlessly assaulting the libido. It reduces the beautiful essence of womanhood to a body part which exists independent of the heart, mind and soul...

In their malignant narcissism, they have wasted untold hours of administrative time and energy and caused immeasurable harm and spiritual distress to those who have fought long and hard against the agenda they have so selfishly and insistently promoted.

Susan Biddle Shearer is a professor of political science at Valparaiso University. She is a member of the University of Notre Dame class of 1988 and is a Mishawaka resident. Read more...


3/18/08 - The Debate over ND President Jenkins' decision to show Vagina Monologues is taking off - "Inside Higher Ed"
The president of the University of Notre Dame announced last week that he would allow a campus production of The Vagina Monologues — and the debate over that decision is taking off. The play has been controversial at many campuses, especially religious institutions, but Notre Dame’s special status in Roman Catholic higher education has focused more attention on the issue there. In his statement authorizing the play, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, cited both the university’s commitment to academic freedom and the agreement of play organizers to abide by principles he had established. For example, each performance will be followed by an academic panel featuring at least one speaker to offer the Catholic perspective on the issues addressed. Father Jenkins wrote in his statement that he suspected he would offend both supporters and critics of the play with his decision to approve it under such conditions only. Bishop John D’Arcy of the diocese in which Notre Dame is located issued his own statement, calling the play “pornographic and spiritually harmful,” and criticizing the decision to permit it.
3/15/08 - URGENT UPDATE! President of Human Life International Joins Calls for Ouster of Notre Dame President over presentation of Vulgar Play
FRONT ROYAL, Va (LifeSiteNews) - The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) is calling for the firing of University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., for his approval of the presentation of the play The Vagina Monologues on campus. Father Euteneuer is a Notre Dame alumnus, Class of '84.

Euteneuer continued, "Father Jenkins has been given several chances to take a truly Catholic position on this heinous piece of ideological propaganda and has consistently voted against the pleas and well-reasoned arguments of students, faculty and alumni alike. He needs to step down from his position or the ND Board of Directors needs to dismiss him. A Catholic priest just does not endorse this screed."... Read more...


3/13/08 - Cardinal Newman Society Thanks Bishop D'Arcy for Strong Statement on ND's Decision to Host V-Monologues
Today, Patrick Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society, issued the following comment on the strong statement by Bishop John M. D'Arcy, Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend, on Notre Dame's decision to once again allow the Vagina Monologues:

"Bishop D'Arcy has once again earned the gratitude of faithful Catholics scandalized by the performance of the The Vagina Monologues at the University of Notre Dame. His strong statement criticizing Notre Dame's decision to allow the play to be performed during Easter Week should be required reading by students, parents and college officials committed to the renewal of Catholic higher education Written By: CNSweb... Read more...


3/12/08 - Bishop John M. D'Arcy Responds to the Decision
Bishop John M. D'Arcy Responds to the Decision by Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins to allow the performances of 'The Vagina Monologues' at the University of Notre Dame:

"...For these reasons, I believe that the performing of this play, even with one or more persons willing to present Catholic teaching, is in direct opposition to both the spirit and letter of "Ex Corde Ecclesiae." Also, because it depicts and endorses sinful sexual acts in direct opposition to church teaching, I believe its performance to be pornographic and spiritually harmful. This judgment is made after prayer, reflection and dialogue and after preparing several statements over many years."... Read more...


3/12/08 - Jenkins Speaks Out on "Monologues"
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3/12/08 - "Monologues" Approved at ND
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3/12/08 - D'Arcy: 'Vagina Monologues' play is pornographic, spiritually harmful. The Scoop, Anne Gregory
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3/11/08 - Notre Dame President Approves Vagina Monologues - CNSWeb
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3/9/08 - Bishops Oppose Notre Dame's Intention To Bring Back Vulgar Play
(Today's Catholic, March 9, 2008) Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith from the Vatican with Bishop John M. D'Arcy and dozens of other U.S. Bishops meeting at the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration Convent in Mishawaka, Indiana instead of gathering at the University as planned. The Bishops oppose Notre Dame President, Fr. John Jenkins' controversial decision to bring the Vagina Monologues back to the Notre Dame campus. The Cardinal and the Bishops discussed the integration of doctrine,Scripeure and preaching... Read more...
3/4/08 - Bishops Shun Notre Dame -- The Sycamore Project Responds
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2/24/08 - More Evidence of the Homosexual Agenda at the University of Notre Dame
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2/24/08 - Notre Dame Alumnus Opposes Jenkins' Decision
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2/17/08 - Bishops Avoid Notre Dame over Monologues Issue -- Today's Catholic
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2/13/08 - Embattled William & Mary President Resigns After Public Outcry and Loss of $12 Million Donation --CollegiateTimes.com
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2/8/08 - Action Alert! Homosexual activists push vulgar play at Notre Dame again
The Anthropology Department and the Sociology Department, along with the College of Arts & Letters are poised to bring the offensive Ensler play back to the campus. Read more...
2/7/08 - Catholic Bishops Won't Meet at Notre Dame
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2/7/08 - Bishops Pull Out of ND Meeting -- Irish Rover
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2/08 - Notre Dame Queer Film Festival denounced by Bishop
Notre Dame Queer Film Festival Denounced by Bishop. Catechism is clear: "Basing itself on sacred Scripture, which represents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law... Under no circumstances can they be approved."... Read more...
Fall (October?)/07 - McGreevy ND '86 Appointed new Dean, Opposed Fr. Miscamble in Commonwealth Magazine article Fall '07
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4/12/07 - Latest Report on Monologues Author Eve Ensler's Campaign of Vulgarity
Americans for Truth reports shocking verbal encounter of Ensler with an elementary aged school girl . . . Read more...
3/2/07 - Vagina Monologues Forced to Leave Notre Dame
Controversial play's organizers fail to find on-campus sponsor
Academic Departments Refuse to Sponsor the Vulgar Pereformance The Vagina Monologues has lost the status of being performed on the Notre Dame campus as academic departments refuse to sponsor the lewd and controversial play featuring lesbian themes. Read more...
2/15/07 - The Vagina Monologues Will Not Be at Notre Dame The controversial Vagina Monologues will not be performed at Notre Dame this year.
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12/30/06 - Testing the Faith - Pope: Homosexuals destroy themselves
Church has duty to speak out: 'Does man not concern us, too?'
In his most powerful statements to date on issues involving sexual morality, Pope Benedict XVI said homosexuals end up destroying themselves so the Church has a duty to speak out on moral issues that affect the very spiritual and physical lives of man. Read more...
12/06/06 - Urgent Action Alert
The Public Battle for the Heart & Soul of Notre Dame Has Begun Locally it is time to ramp up the issue for a national debate . . . Is the University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana about to become the next flash point in the culture war? Read more...
11/1/06 - Notre Dame's leader should know and love the faith
Winning football games does not make the University of Notre Dame Catholic.
The success earlier this year of a powerful group of Notre Dame faculty that is disrespectful and contemptuous of the Roman Catholic faith shows the real character of the university. One observer characterized many in the faculty who supported "The Vagina Monologues" and The Queer Film Festival as possessing a "visceral anti-Catholicism." Read more...
5/11/06 - Political Correctness Is Notre Dame's Real Religion, Jenkins should resign or be removed, Charles Rice, Professor Emeritus University of Notre Dame Law School, The Wanderer
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5/11/06 - Backing Down At Notre Dame, James Fitzpatrick The Wanderer, St Paul, MN
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5/5/06 - Notre Dame's Surrender to A Hostile Culture, Margot J. O'Brien ND '92, Mendoza College of Business, The Wall Street Journal
Prof. Solomon rightly fears that Notre Dame lacks the "will to retain its Catholic distinctiveness in the face of a hostile culture . . ." Retreat, however, is surrender to a hostile culture, and that is not what we . . . are called to; rather, as John Paul the Great often proclaimed, we must be radical, be countercultural, be not afraid. Read more...
4/30/06 - Pastoral response to 'A Closing Statement on Academic Freedom and Catholic Character' by Father John Jenkins, CSC
Father John Jenkins, CSC, shared with me his decision and the rationale that supported it at the same time he shared it with the press, the afternoon before it was released to the public. Holy Week and the beautiful pastoral responsibilities it brings followed immediately, but now, with these responsibilities completed, I am able to respond to the decision and the material that accompanied it in a way that is more adequate, and thus try to fulfill my pastoral obligation. Read more...
4/30/06 - ND Faculty Present Open Letters Opposing Father Jenkins' Statement that Permits Controversial Events, Today's Catholic
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4/28/06 - Open Letter to Jenkins, Brother Don Fleishhacker, C.S.C. 'Phony Logic' denounced . . . The Observer
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4/28/06 - Dissenters Criticize Jenkins' Statement- Bishop, Professors ask University President to Reconsider Decision The Observer
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4/28/06 - More Articles of Interest
Bishop blasts Notre Dame's decision to show play

ND president questions sexually themed events

Conversation initiated on ND campus to confront controversial events

Notre Dame students want more free speech

Notre Dame receives criticism over Vagina Monologues


4/27/06 - Open Letter to Notre Dame Alumni & Parents
Please ask Fr. Jenkins to reconsider his tragic decision and to instead protect the Notre Dame family from the misguided efforts of those who would promote homosexuality (Gay Film Festival) and vulgar expressions of the arts (V-Monologues) in the name of the university dedicated to the holiness of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Please also convey your concerns respectfully but with firmness to the University Board of Trustees as well. Contact info for both is on the www.NoSpecialRights.Net website. Read more...
4/26/06 - The Observer: "Monologues" produce confusion, not good - Read more...
4/25/06 - The Observer: Jenkins's closing statement a serious misstep - Read more...
4/24/06 - The Observer: One loyal daughter's dissent - Read more...
4/20/06 - A response to Father Jenkins
In his Closing Statement on Academic Freedom and Catholic Character, University President Father John Jenkins expresses his belief that he has articulated "principles that a large majority of this community can embrace." If Jenkins is right, I feel obliged to respond as a member of the minority. Read more...
4/20/06 - More Evidence of the Homosexual Agenda at Notre Dame
More Evidence . . . of the Homosexual Agenda at the University of Notre Dame.
· Homosexual Faculty
· Homosexual Courses
· Homosexual Alumni Group (GALA)
· Gender Studies Program
· "Queer Scholars Welcomed" Read more...
4/20/06 - The Irish Rover: Did Jenkins Cave in To Faculty Pressure? - Read more...
4/20/06 - ND's Decision on Monologues Wrong , David J. Thomas, South Bend Tribune
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4/19/06 - Open letter to the University community
The recent "closing statement" of our President Father John Jenkins has elicited an impressive number of positive responses on campus, and that must seem reassuring in many quarters of the University. But I am bound to confess that both the statement itself, and the early responses that welcomed it, left me feeling uncertain and unclear about our commitment to a future as a Catholic university. Read more...
4/19/06 - The formation of a new profamily citizens organization "NoSpecialRights.Net"
Press Release - The main multifaceted emphasis of the group is to defend Traditional Marriage as 'between one man and one woman', to respond to the controversy at the University of Notre Dame regarding homosexual activism at several levels, to respond to 'special rights for homosexuals' ordinances as they come forward in the Region and to facilitate help and ministry for those suffering from the ill effects of the homosexual lifestyle. See www.VictimAssistance.info. Read more...

4/19/06 - The Observer: Open letter to the University community - Read more...


4/18/06 - Evidence of the Homosexual Agenda at Notre Dame
Evidence . . . of the Homosexual Agenda at the University of Notre Dame.
· University of Notre Dame Standing Committee on Lesbian & Gay Students
· Gender Relations Center - Heather Rakoczy Read more...
4/16/06 - ND President Jenkins has completed the work of secularizing the University . . . Thomas Miranda South Bend Tribune
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4/14/06 - The Wall Street Journal: A President's Retreat: The Vagina Monologues continue at Notre Dame - Read more...
4/14/06 - A President's Retreat by David Solomon, (Director of Notre Dame's Center for Ethis and Culture) Wall Street Journal
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4/14/06 - The Wall Street Journal: A President's Retreat "The Vagina Monologues" continue at Notre Dame.
At Notre Dame, the Lenten liturgical calendar is still observed. On Ash Wednesday, many foreheads are gray with ashes, no meat is served on Fridays in the dining halls and now, during Holy Week, hundreds of students drag an enormous cross around campus while observing the Stations of the Cross. Read more...
4/11/06 - An open letter to Father John Jenkins
Letter to the Editor - I write to object to your decision to permit the continued regular production of "The Vagina Monologues" on our campus. I write in this public manner to alert our faculty, colleagues and our treasured students that not all members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, to which we belong, endorse your decision. Speaking for myself, I find the decision deeply damaging to Notre Dame and its mission as a Catholic university. It is a decision that I beg you to reconsider and to reverse. Read more...

4/11/06 - The Observer: An open letter to Father John Jenkins Letter to the Editor - Read more...


4/6/06 - Notre Dame's President Allows 'Monologues' and Gay Films, The New York Times
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4/6/06 - The Observer: Jenkins decision prompts campus approval - Read more...
4/5/06 - ND President Fr. John Jenkins' Closing Statement on Academic Freedom and Catholic Character -- Permits vulgar plays to continue?!
This so called Closing Statement from President Jenkins became the beginning, not the end, of the most spirited debate in Notre Dame's history. His compromise with liberal influences at Notre Dame and his complete reversal of his previous statements shocked not only the Notre Dame faithful but reverberated all the way to the Vatican. Even his reported friends have lamented "We never would have expected this from John Jenkins". Jenkins' failure to seize the moment he had been given to right the course of the storied university will likely be the turning point and defining moment of his career.

Like a National Championship lost in the final moment of the last game of the season, this moment will be remembered as one of the most tragic moments in Jenkins and Notre Dame's history. Those who love Notre Dame grieve his personal failure to stand fast and pray for the hearts and minds of the young men and women who have been given such a bad example by one of the most visible leaders in higher education. Those who prevailed on him to take this step should be sent packing with him.

With his pledge broken, and his credibility under siege, he will surely suffer an early departure from the post that might have been his for decades . . . History, as well as the betrayed Alumni will not look kindly on this bewildering reversal. With the hopes of so many church leaders and believers dashed, it is doubtful that anything can be done to revive Jenkins mortally wounded Presidency. In one weak moment he abdicated the tireless support of men and women of goodwill and faith from around the world who were at his disposal in the mission of restoring Notre Dame's moral compass.

The question now is with such a dysfunctional moral compass, who will lead Notre Dame out of the danger of this storm? The leadership may need to come all the way from Rome to accomplish what Bishop D'Arcy has so faithfully begun . . . Patrick Mangan ND '80. Read more...


3/21/06 - The Observer: The real academic freedom debate - Read more...
3/9/06 - University Debate continues, Campus discusses academic freedom , religious concerns, South Bend Tribune
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2/15/06 - The Observer: An Ideal Worth Striving For - Read more...
2/13/06 - More Evidence of the Homosexual Agenda at the University of Notre Dame
More Evidence . . . of the Homosexual Agenda at the University of Notre Dame.
· Notre Dame Queer Film Festival
· The Vagina Monologues
· The Keenan Revue
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2/13/06 - Changes , Controversy mark 'Monologues' The Observer
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2/12/06 - Statement of Bishop John M. Darcy concerning the "Vagina Monologues", Todays Catholic
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2/6/06 - The Observer: 'Monologues' not compatible with goals - Read more...
1/23/06 - Notre Dame President Presents Problem of Queer Film Festival and Vagina Monologues to Faculty
President Jenkins pledges "I will not lead by consenus, nor by majority vote . . . The concern that I and many others have is that the Vagina Monologues discussion of female sexuality, and in the community and culture it strives to creat, there is no hint of central elements of Catholic sexual morality. The work contains graphic descriptionsof homosexual, extra-marital heterosexual, and auto-erotic experiences. there is even a depiction of the seduction of a sixteen year oldby an adult woman . . . Moreover, the repeated performances of the play and the publicity surrounding it suggest that the university endorses certain themes in the play, or at least finds them compatible with its values . . . I find problematic that the university continues to sponsor annual performances of this play . . . "

How could he start so well and end so badly?! We agree with the original President Jenkins and wonder who the imposter is who now has assumed his identity. Read more...


2/22/05 - The Observer: Vagina Monologues do not focus on violence - Read more...
2/20/05 - Vagina Monologues at Notre Dame exalts crime against young girl, as characterized in the vulgar play
"The Catholic Church in this country has passed through and, in a sense, is still passing through a grave crisis. Some of those called to the most noble of vocations, and vowed to make present Christ, the Good Shepherd, have failed in their promises, and young people, our most precious of gifts, have been wounded in body and soul. Notre Dame, faithful to its tradition and its responsibilities as a great Catholic university, stepped forward and took a positive and helpful stand in the midst of this crisis through convocations for bishops, priests, historians, lawyers and seminary faculties, as well as in internal seminars within the university. Yet, this text (The Vagina Monologues) carries within it and honors a sexual relationship between an adult woman and a very young girl - the very thing which Notre Dame has opposed in these seminars, and which, in fact, is a crime in both civil and church law.

I urge Notre Dame to look at the contradiction here, especially in light of its long service to the human person. The consistency that one looks for, and so often finds at Notre Dame, is sorely missing in the decision to present a play which exalts such a relationship." - Bishop John M. D'Arcy... Read more...


2/13/05 - More on the 'Notre Dame Queer Film Festival': Presenters harm those struggling with homosexuality through promotion of errors and confusion

"For the second time, the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring, through six of its departments, a seminar and film festival under the title, "Queer Film Festival." The presenters who have been scheduled have a history of not supporting, and indeed openly opposing, church teaching concerning the morality of homosexual acts.

One of the presenters is Sister Jeannine Gramick. After a thorough review of the writings of Sister Gramick and her associate, Father Robert Nugent, Pope John Paul II, on May 14, 1999, personally approved a notification of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which included the following:

"Father Nugent and Sister Gramick often stated that they seek, in keeping with the church's teaching, to treat homosexual persons, 'with respect, compassion and sensitivity.' However, the promotion of errors and ambiguities is not consistent with a Christian attitude of true respect and compassion: persons who are struggling with homosexuality no less than others have the right to receive the authentic teaching of the church from those who minister to them. The ambiguities and the errors of the approach of Father Nugent and Sister Gramick have caused confusion among the Catholic people and harmed the community of the church. For these reasons, Sister Jeannine Gramick, SSND, and Father Robert Nugent, SDS, are permanently prohibited from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons."... Read more...


2/07/05 - The Observer: Controversy a blessing in disguise - Read more...
2/05 - Unpublished: Reflections of an Alumna Regarding Recent Events at the University of Notre Dame - Read more...
3/8/2000 - Inconsistent View of Homosexuality Misleads Students, Professor Charles Rice, Notre Dame Law School --The Observer - Read more...
Homosexuality & Various Scriptural References of Sodom's Judgement
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Homosexuality & The New Testament of the Bible
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Homosexuality & The Gospels of the Bible
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Homosexuality & The Old Testament of the Bible
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