Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cowardice, Thy Name Is Jenkins
The latest hijinx from Notre Shame


How about the latest gutlessness from South Bend? Check out the Duck and Cover theology of Martin Luther Jenkins.

Here's some of the article from LifeNews.com; (Emphasis mine) Notre Dame President Refuses to Meet With Students Objecting to Inviting Pro-Abortion Obama

South Bend, IN (LifeNews.com) -- An ad hoc group of several Notre Dame students organizations says University of Notre Dame president, Rev. John Jenkins, has refused their request for a meeting. The students want to talk to Jenkins about his invitation to pro-abortion President Barack Obama to give the commencement speech next month and receive an honorary degree.

The leaders of ND Response, a broad coalition of Notre Dame student groups founded to oppose the Obama invitation, sent Jenkins a letter confirming their interest in discussing their concerns with him.

The students received word back that Jenkins would meet with them but only in a limited, closed-door fashion. They wrote back that they wanted a chance for all of the leaders of ND Response to have the ability to meet with Jenkins, instead of limiting the attendance.

The pro-life student group also requested that, before any potential meeting, Notre Dame officials release a statement signifying that the university will appoint a “pro-life ombudsman” to ensure that proper attention is paid to pro-life issues in both Notre Dame’s teaching and research.

They also sought a statement certifying the college will never engage in or collaborate with research involving human embryos or fetal tissue obtained through destructive techniques.

“These requests were intended to lead the University into making gestures of goodwill that would facilitate our productive discussion and demonstrate President Jenkins’ genuine interest in transparent dialogue," ND Response spokeswoman Mary Daly said.

ND Response indicates that Father Jenkins has now sent a private letter to the 12 campus groups comprising ND Response in which he denied the students’ requests for dialogue on the issues surrounding the university’s invitation to President Obama.

In the letter Father Jenkins wrote that “conditions for constructive dialogue simply do not exist” and that students could disregard his earlier invitations to meet with him.

Patrick J. Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic educational watchdog group which has closely monitored the Notre Dame controversy and has sponsored a petition where 275,000 pro-life advocates have opposed UND's invitation, responded to the latest news.

“Father Jenkins has insisted that his honor for President Obama is all about ‘dialogue’—even though a commencement ceremony offers no opportunity for debate or discussion—yet now rejects dialogue with the students who profoundly disagree with honoring a pro-abortion politician,” he said.

5 Comments:

Blogger Volpius Leonius said...

What a hypocrite, dialogue only stretches to celebrities it seems not your regular faithful catholic you don't need to bother about them they are just peasants.

6:59 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

This guy embodies everything that is wrong in the Church

1:59 PM  
Blogger Pablo said...

Senoritas,

To have the word 'Padre' spoken by the muslim president in your cartoon is demeaning to us sons of Nuestra Senora Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Pablo,
Clarification, only one Senorita on this blog. The rest of us are Senors.

Oh, one other thing.. we're all children of Our Lady, be she from Akita, Japan; Knock, Ireland or Guadalupe, Mexico.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Al said...

Fr.Jenkins doesn't want real dialogue. He knows that if there was he would end up looking like the sell out he really is.

2:49 AM  

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