Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Monologues Issue Hits the National Media

The Rover's loyal blog readers might want to be aware of this development in the wake of Fr. Jenkins' Monday statement on The Vagina Monologues.

Hugh Hewitt, a nationally-syndicated radio talk show host, featured a lengthy segment on Fr. Jenkins' decision during his Tuesday show. Interested readers can access audio to the segment here. Pertinent discussion, including comments from callers who are ND parents and alums, begins about 6 minutes in to the segment.

Hewitt also blogged on the issue, and had this to say:
The play is everywhere. Anyone who wants to see it can. But a Catholic university that seeks to uphold Catholic moral teaching undermines that mission by providing a platform for a play that stands for anything but traditional Catholic moral teaching.


Brandon said...

I want that Shakespeare guy to come to campus, I like Much Ado About Nothing

Anonymous said...

what would happen if Charlie Weis objected and threatened to resign because of it? It would put the University's current two pet projects in direct opposition to each other.
1. winning a national championship
2. achieving social acceptance

laeva65 said...

I missed this blog yesterday when I first heard Hugh talking about the lated outrage at ND.

So I shot off a letter to the Observer, for which I wrote briefly in the '60s.

Basically what I had to say was this: "My dad (Class of '28) would throw up if he knew what was going on at the institution he devoted much of his life to."

Our message is this: It is all so unnecessary for ND to pander to the Left. ND bills itself as the leading Catholic university in the US. That is a tall order. One doesn't get there by staging smutty little plays so the secularists might like us. Screw that. (I wish I could say that in Latin)

Jack in Phoenix - ex-Domer

Anonymous said...

Jenkins is clearly seeking respect for the University on what he sees as an intellectual level. The Vagina Monologues decision is not the only decision that strives to put Notre Dame among its "institutional peers". (Remember his desire to make Notre Dame a premier research institution?)

As an alumnus himself, he should realize that Our Lady's University already has that international renown that he so desperately craves, but the catch is that this renown is found in different circles than those in which he searches. Almost every site, writer, commentator, etc that decries his decision to allow the V-Ms this year praises Notre Dame's reputation as one of the last truly Catholic institutions in the country. The fact that we have retained our Catholic character is what distinguishes us from every other college or university. George Weigel, the preeminent biographer of Pope John Paul II, called Notre Dame the "flagship of Catholic higher education." Kids who were raised Catholic knew Notre Dame was one of the places to go to for college. Notre Dame attracts a different type of person than, say, Harvard or Yale or our other "institutional peers." Students come to learn how to be better people. They become better Catholics. They go out and save the world. Companies and businesses like Notre Dame graduates because they work hard and work ethically. The education is first rate, the curricula, scholars, and professors known throughout the country.

Notre Dame's Catholic character has been preserved for over a hundred years. It has survived Civil Rights, the sexual revolution, the admittance of women on campus. Can he not see that maintaining an active Catholic character is the thing that has truly set us apart from any other institution, peer or not? Other schools are just as academically and intellectually rigorous as ours. But no other school is Catholic like we are.

In what circles is Jenkins seeking approval? Notre Dame already has it from the circles that support its Catholicism. This decision just lost him donors, alumni, student and faculty/staff support. Why can he not be happy being different from "everyone else"?

Anonymous said...

Why does performing The Vagina Monologues make ND any less Catholic? There are movies screened and books required all the time which portray much more sinful things than the monologues do. Sin or not, a good university needs to look at ALL perspectives. At the panels, let's condemn the content of the monologues, not their presence on campus. Nothing can change our Catholic nature. If we just stop talking about the Monologues, chances are they'll go by unnoticed. However, we conservatives need to take the blame for giving the monologues all the attention they have today.

Remember that being a being a good person isn't about what you don't do, or who you condemn - it's about what good you do do in the world and who you decide to love unconditionally.

-Senior at ND

Nancy Danielson said...

You are right, anonymous, about the idea of unconditional Love. We are to use His, the Word Made Flesh, Christ's definition of Perfect Love, not our own. For that is why He came, to show us how to Love one another in relationship and Communion with Him, God, The Blessed Trinity.
It is only Christ's Sacrifice, His Passion, that Has the Power before God, to forgive sin and lead us to Salvation.
Christ showed us that Perfect Love requires desiring Salvation for someone. Perfect Love requires following His Truth, His Life, His Way. If you Love someone, you desire Salvation for them. If you love someone, you are not afraid to tell them the Truth.

P.S. There is no conservative or liberal view of Truth. Truth is not a matter of opinion, nor is it a matter of compromise. Truth is consistent, yesterday, today and always. Truth is, in fact, absolute.